Midi Connections

STEP 2: Setting up your MIDI Connections

NoteAbilityPro can produce sound in a variety of ways:

  1. using Apple's built-in DLS Synthesizer (with default or custom sound fonts)
  2. using installed Audio Unit sythesizer plugins
  3. via MIDI to external synthesizers
  4. by placing audio files or samples in a score

For more information on these various audio options, refer to the Audio Options pages. If you plan to use NoteAbilityPro with an external synthesizer, or you plan to use an external MIDI keyboard to enter notes, follow the instructions below, otherwise, continue to step 3.

NoteAbilityPro supports all USB and Firewire MIDI interfaces that are compatible with Macintosh OS-X. Your MIDI interface should be connected to one of the USB or Firewire ports on the back or side of your computer and you should ensure that you have downloaded and installed the correct driver or plugin for your MIDI interface. Check with the interface manufacturer's website to get the most recent version of the driver.

Once your interface is connected to the computer, attach your MIDI cables to your MIDI equipment. The way your equipment is connected will vary depending on the amount and type of equipment in your studio. The example below shows one MIDI keyboard/synthesizer connected to a simple USB MIDI interface. This setup is sufficient for use with NoteAbility. With this configuration, you will be able to enter notes by playing them on the keyboard and you will be able to hear your scores played back on the synthesizer.

If you have a more complicated MIDI setup, the OS-X Audio Midi Setup utility (located in the /Application/Utilities folder) can be used to help configure your MIDI interfaces, keyboard and synthesizers.

Apple provides an Interapplication MIDI Driver (IAC) which can be enabled in the Apple Midi Setup utility. However, the IAC driver should be used with caution since it is possible to create a midi loop where all outgoing MIDI messages are routed back into NoteAbilityPro as incoming messages. Some MIDI applications (such as Max/MSP and Digital Performer) create interapplication MIDI ports and these can be used with NoteAbilityPro for sending and receiving MIDI messaging between these applications.

Headphones or an amplifier and speakers attached to the keyboard/synthesizer are also necessary in order to hear sounds being played on the sythesizer.

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