What is the difference between MIDI In and MIDI Out?

Devices that are fluent in MIDI—meaning they can send out or take in MIDI data—function the same way. Except they “speak” and “hear” through outlets for cables called ports. A MIDI OUT port allows a device to send MIDI data. And a MIDI IN port allows a device to take in MIDI data.

What is a MIDI Out cable?

Musical instrument digital interface, or MIDI, cables are used to connect keyboards and other electronic musical devices to computers. While the MIDI cables are labeled as “In” and “Out” plugs, they do not work if they are connected to the same labeled MIDI ports on an electronic instrument.

How do you use MIDI in and out cables?


  1. Connect the cable marked “IN” to the MIDI “OUT” socket of a MIDI keyboard (or MIDI device).
  2. Connect the cable marked “OUT” to the MIDI “IN” socket of a MIDI keyboard (or MIDI device).
  3. Plug the USB cable into any free USB socket on your computer.

What is MIDI in and out on a keyboard?

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is the protocol for communication between your keyboard and your computer. When you press a key the action is registered by the software you are using through the MIDI link. Most traditional keyboards and Digital Pianos have MIDI in and out as standard.

What is MIDI connection used for?

MIDI is an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It’s a way to connect devices that make and control sound — such as synthesizers, samplers, and computers — so that they can communicate with each other, using MIDI messages.

Do I need both MIDI In and Out?

MIDI signals always go out from a MIDI Out connection, and in to a MIDI In connection. That means you must always connect DIN-MIDI cables from a controller’s MIDI Out jack to an instrument’s MIDI In jack.

What does MIDI Thru do?

It’s purpose is to pass on (or through) an exact copy of the data present at the MIDI In of the device. MIDI Thru allows many MIDI devices to have their MIDI connections daisy chained together all being driven by a common source or controller, which makes building complex systems much easier.

What is the purpose of a MIDI interface?

What does the MIDI out do?

MIDI Out does not make any sound of its own, it acts as a MIDI controller sending standard MIDI messages to internal VST plugins or external MIDI hardware. 8 pages x 9 controllers are freely assignable to parameters on target VST and MIDI devices. For controlling external MIDI hardware, see a video tutorials here .

How long, USB MIDI cable?

After digging around, it looks like the recommended max length of a full speed USB cable is 5 meters. The recommended max length of a MIDI cable is 50 feet. If you have a MIDI to USB device, you need to find out what part is sending a MIDI signal and what part is sending USB. In any case, shorter will reduce the chance of interference.

Do I need a MIDI controller?

A MIDI Controller is essential if you are making music with your computer. It’s hardware…you’ll use it to control your virtual instruments and sequence your music. The main reason you would use a midi controller is so you can trigger sounds.

Do I need a MIDI interface?

If you only plan on sequencing or performing, then a straightforward, expandable MIDI interface is what you need. If you plan on working with video or dedicated digital multitrack recorders , you’ll need an interface that offers the appropriate sync options.