How to Connect a Synthesizer to a Computer

How to Connect a Synthesizer to a ComputerSo, you want to know how to connect a synthesizer to a computer? Well, the thing is, there are several ways of doing this. It depends on what you want to use your synth for, and also what type of connections you have on your computer.

If you want to simply use your synth as a MIDI keyboard for controlling sounds on your computer, you can just connect it using a USB cable. However, if your keyboard doesn’t have a USB port but just has a MIDI out port, you will need a MIDI interface as shown in the following video:

If you have any problems connecting your keyboard to your computer, you might want to take a look at this.

However, if you want to be able to play the actual sounds from your synthesizer into your computer, there are several ways you can do this. You can plug the audio out from your synth directly into the microphone in port on your computer. To get it louder, you can connect it via a pre-amp as shown in this video:

However, there is another way of connecting a synth, using a USB audio interface. This enables you to plug the audio line from your synth into this box, then plug the box into the computer via a USB cable. Here is a video looking at the Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface:

One last thing I want to talk about, though, is what software you use to record your synthesizer. To do that, you will need a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). My personal favorite is Propellerhead Reason. Here is a video showing how to set up Reason for audio recording:

I hope you found this blog post about how to connect a synthesizer to a computer helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please post them in the comments section below.

All the best,
Marcus.

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