Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Connecting MIDI keyboards, part of iPad Music Production: Inputs, Mics, and MIDI.
In this chapter, we're going to be looking at how to connect various types of MIDI instruments …such as drum pads and keyboards to your iPad. …Now, the difference between real instruments and MIDI instruments is that MIDI instrument …don't actually make any sounds on their own. …They use the trigger sounds that are stored in your recording device--for example, in this …case, in the iPad. …And in the iPad, in GarageBand, I can select different types of instruments such as drums …and keyboards just by tapping them here on the screen and then I can play them. …(music playing) …But clearly, it's going to be a lot easier to play a real keyboard when you want to perform your instrument.…
Now in order to connect the MIDI instrument to your iPad, you're going to need some specialized cables. …Pretty much all MIDI instruments have a standard MIDI out connector. It looks like this. And you use …a standard MIDI cable to connect the MIDI instrument to your computer or your recording device. …They also find that a lot of modern MIDI instruments also have a USB port, and you would just use …
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 7/26/2013. What changed?
A: We added three brand new movies to cover a few exciting new iPad accessories that have emerged on the market: the Griffin StudioConnect and Apogee Quartet input devices, and the MiC microphone from Apogee. We also updated the movies covering the Spark Digital microphone.