5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2007 6:12 PM by macheteponce
ChuckD07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hey, I'm sure you've answered this questions 100 times, but I still can't find a solution and hope you spend the time answering it.

I just got this new macbook and want to hookup my keyboard (Yahmaha PSR-260) to my comp and play around with garageband. I have a midi to usb cord, similar to this Uno cord (http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Uno-main.html) but the problem is that GarageBand does not recognize the keyboard when its hooked up. I try to play the keyboard, but all I get is nothing. In the prefrences in GB it says that it detects one (1) midi input but it still won't play. I've also changed around the audio input and output to the built in options. What seems to be the problem? Do I need to downlaod some drive from the yamaha website, like which one? Or is it my midi cord, and if it is which kind of cord do you recomend that functions with GargageBand well?

Here's the manual to my keyboard http://www2.yamaha.co.jp/manual/pdf/emi/english/port/PSR260E.pdf the midi section starts on page 52

Thanks for any tips and help!

MacBook (Mac OS X)   Mac OS X (10.4.9)   I am familiar with GarageBand. Its my life!
  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,210 points)
    if GB shows that it has detected a MIDI device, you should be ready to go.

    the two most common mistakes are: not setting up the keyboard correctly (some have a switch to change from playing locally to sending MIDI), or not creating a Software Track in GB.
  • *Rae* Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I bought an Uno for my PSR-275 and it was basically useless. It wouldn't work with my piano lesson software and when I tried playing it in Garage Band it skipped half the notes and the others had an echo. I looked at reviews for M-Audio products and found that a lot of them don't work well with Yamaha keyboards. I sold it and bought a UX-16 that is made from Yamaha. I haven't had any problems with it.
  • Pat *italiano* Valella Level 4 Level 4 (1,835 points)
    I have the PSR-270 and the UX-16 and it works flawlessly... dump that M-Audio thing and go Yamaha - no problems with it and I love GB 3 and the Yamaha KB. I'm basically a guitarist but I do have a lot of fun with the PSR-270.
  • **** Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
    A couple of things to mention since it's hard to determine from your post.

    You want to include the info on if you have the keys and uno connected in Audio Midi Setup correctly.

    And it's the Uno that utilizes a Midi Driver available from M-Audio's web site for particular systems. Once installed you set up your midi connection in Audio Midi Setup and can test it there also.

    Midisport Series:

    http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=support&tab=driver

    Also GB does not support midi out in case you may be trying to play the Yamaha's internal voices via midi.
  • macheteponce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello i m on a mac pro i have a yamaha ux16 usb midi connector and it doesnt seem to work on mac intel how did you do? to get it right on your intel mac?

    Thank you

    i been lookin over yamaha site for a mac intel driver i didnt find anything