New to this: Midi software direct to keyboard?


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Hi everyone,

I'm 36 and enjoy rock music - especially Rush, Poison, Bon Jovi, Journey, etc. I played in a rock band in high school (years and years ago) and it looks like I have the opportunity to join a band that is just getting started. I saw them play last night and they were pretty amazing. My best friend is the drummer and they want a keyboardist. I've been playing keys since grade school, but mainly piano.

I have a Yamaha PSR-E313 that I bought from GuitarCenter.com last summer. It has some decent sounds, but I can't really even pull off Journey's "Separate Ways" or Rush's "Tom Sawyer" and I don't want to have to buy another keyboard.

I've seen some live shows where keyboardist have a laptop sitting next to them. Back in the high school days, I needed a piece of equipment to hook up to my keyboard to get midi sounds. I'm wondering if there is software I can use these days? Can I plug my MacBook directly into my keyboard and get midi sounds that way? If so, I'd be in good shape if I can figure it all out.

Help! Thanks! Also, what's the best site for sheet music, particularly rock music? - Jeff
 
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I don't think the PSR E313 has midi on it. To use laptop, you need a midi keyboard controller, a midi interface for the computer, software instruments + a software host for those instruments.
I have a laptop set-up for VSTI's, but wouldn't use it as my only source for
instrument sounds.
A dedicated pro keyboard workstation is a better choice than a laptop in the long run. B3
 
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Yes it's possible if you use and ASIO driver. Try ASIO4ALL it's free and it works nicely, but unfortunately you can't use also play a song in winmap to jam along. :(
 
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Good to know.
Does this only apply to Winamp or to Windows media player, too?

BTW: do samplers have more delay than synths or are both delays insignificant?
 

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