Hi, I'm from Naples, Florida and I thought that I could use my Casio keyboard to play a playlist from my MacBook Air. But, I can't seem to get there from here. Any suggestions? Or is it not as simple as I thought it might be??
It's a CDP-220R Casio Keyboard. And I'm not that computer-savvy, so I just thought that the Macbook would do everything for me! So, (don't laugh) How do I get a MIDI player? (I've already tried to just plug the USB AB cable from the Mac to the back of the Casio and it's a no go.) Can I get a MIDI player through the Apple store?
Yes, I have the manual, and I've read the pages, but the one key ingredient I didn't have (or understand) was the MIDI player. I thought maybe my Mac already had it.
I really appreciate the help. I'm supposed to be entertaining some friends this weekend with music. Invites have already gone out. If worse comes to worse, we'll be listening to the radio.
For a Mac, you can get Garageband-- I think it's free. It can handle MIDI files but isn't a MIDI player per se, it's more powerful than just a player. You might want to check out http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/4410/qmidi-standard, I have no experience with it so I don't know if it's any good. And if you want to look at the music notation for a MIDI file, try http://musescore.org/.
PS - When you download MIDI files they may be programmed to use GM1 instrument sounds (patches or programs). You might want to see if you can edit the Bank Select and Program Change values in the MIDI file so they'll pick better-sounding instrument patches on your keyboard. Your Keyboard's manual should have a list of all its instrument sounds and what Banks Select and Program Change numbers to use. If you bought the keyboard second-hand and didn't get all the documents with it, you can download them in PDF form from Casio at http://support.casio.com/manualfile.php?rgn=2&cid=008002003