This article is a part of the "Software Support" documentation.

This page describes methods of getting MIDI to sound through your computer or through your Yamaha keyboard.
Furthermore information about MIDI play back in my software programs; and about connecting keyboards without USB ports.
Select MIDI device for MIDI playback
 
Windows XP and older
Select a MIDI device in the computer as shown at the image below.
Configure in Windows Start > Settings > Control Panel > Sounds and Multimedia > Audio

Sound Setup
(From a Danish Windows 2000 - other versions and languages looks similar)

  Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
These OS versions has no build-in program for MIDI setup. Therefore you will need one of these programs.

• Download Windows Vista MIDI-Mapper. This will install a setup applet in Control Panel. (This program is NOT updated for Windows 8).

• Download MIDI Selector. Unzip the download file to a folder of your choice; and create a shortcut at the desktop or in the "Start" menu to run the program. Set the program properties to "Run as Administrator". User Interface in English and Japanese.

MIDI Selector

• Download the application MIDI Out Setter. Unzip the download file to a folder of your choice; and create a shortcut at the desktop or in the "Start" menu to run the program. Set the program properties to "Run as Administrator".

MIDI Out Setter

• Download the application MIDI Port Config. Unzip the download file to a folder of your choice; and create a shortcut at the desktop or in the "Start" menu to run the program. Set the program properties to "Run as Administrator".

MIDI Port Config


Sound through the keyboard

If you want to use your keyboard for MIDI playback; you must

• Install the USB-MIDI driver software supplied with your keyboard. If you miss this, you can get it from Yamaha.

• Get a USB cable with a USB A connector in the one end, and a USB B connector in the other end.

• Plug the USB A connector into the computer, and the USB B connecter into the keyboard USB To Host port.

For further details consult your keyboard manual or the documentation with the driver software.


Sound in my Software Programs

A number of my software programs has MIDI play back features. In these programs you will find a MIDI Setup menu.

Notice if nothing is selected in these programs, the computers default MIDI play back device will be used.

For programs written in a .Net language, the default MIDI play back device is the one selected above. Other available MIDI devices can be selected in the program.

For programs written in Java, the default MIDI play back device is the "Real Time Sequencer", which is built-in in Java. Other available MIDI devices can be selected in the program. Furthermore another Java built-in MIDI device named "Gervill" is available.

Selecting a MIDI play back device is for use in the specific software program only; and does not change the MIDI device selection at the computer generally.


Keyboard without USB ports

In this case you must use a COM port at the computer, and the keyboard To Host terminal.

• Connect your keyboard and your PC with the "To Host" cable, which comes with your keyboard (or buy one). If you don't have a free COM Port at your PC, read below.

• Install the Yamaha CBX driver supplied with your keyboard. If you don't have it; get it from Yamaha.

• Be sure to set the switch at the rear side of your keyboard's "To Host" terminal to: PC2. Read the section about To Host terminal in your manual, if you are in doubt.

Configuration

Select (like above) the "Yamaha CBX A Driver" as MIDI play back device.


If you don't have a free COM Port
Note: This paragraph is not relevant when the keyboard USB port is used.

Using the keyboard To Host terminal
• You need a free COM Port for the "To Host" cable.
• Most stationary computers have only one of these (which is often used by other devices, e.g. a modem); and many laptops don't have a COM Port at all.

If you have no COM Port at your PC
• Insert an extra card into your computer to get a COM Port.
or
• Use an USB Port if you have one of these (read below).

If you have no free COM Port at your PC
• Insert an extra card into your computer to get an extra COM Port.
or
• Plug and unplug the two cables which have to share the only COM Port. Don't plug or unplug while the computer is running.
or
• Use an USB Port if you have one of these (read below).

If you have an USB port at your PC
• Get a USB to Serial Port Converter cable, e.g TU-S9 from TRENDnet.
• Plug the cable in the USB port.
• Windows will start the "Install new Hardware" wizard.
• Insert the CD supplied with the cable into your CD drive - and install the driver for the cable.
• Now your computer has a/an extra COM Port.
• Configure the Yamaha CBX Driver in Windows Start > Settings > Control Panel > Yamaha CBX Driver
• Select COM Port for the driver. If a computer has a COM Port this is by default COM1. Then choose COM3 for the Yamaha CBX Driver.

 

Sound configuring
(From Windows 2000 - other versions looks similar)


• Restart the computer.