MIDI Controller Not Working? This Might Help

Take a look at this helpful video which shows you how to test that your MIDI keyboard is set up properly:

One thing you should notice on your MIDI keyboard when you plug it into the USB port on your computer is that lights should come on, showing that it is getting power from the computer. This will look different depending on your particular keyboard. I don’t have the same keyboard as the one in the video. I have an Akai MPK Mini MKII, and when I plug it in the BANK A/B button lights up green.

With many MIDI keyboards, it should install the drivers automatically when you plug it into the USB port on your computer. On a PC, you can confirm that this has happened by going to the Device Manager in the Control Panel and checking to see whether it is listed as a device.

If you are having any problems, one useful piece of software you can use is MIDI-OX. This will show data on the screen as you play your keyboard to show you what data is being transmitted to the computer.

Other tips if you still cannot get your MIDI keyboard to work:

  • Plug the keyboard in and switch it on before you start up your music software.
  • Check the manual that came with your keyboard.
  • Contact the manufacturer for help.

Have you had problems with your MIDI keyboard? Have you managed to fix them yet? Why not let us know in the comments section below.

All the best,
Marcus.

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