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HDE USB MIDI Cable Converter PC to Music Keyboard

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  • Turn your PC into a music studio by connecting a music keyboard to your computer with the USB MIDI c
  • Easy to install with built-in driver; USB powered, no AC adapter needed
  • 1 in + 1 out MIDI interface; 16 MIDI input channels & 16 MIDI output channels
  • LED power indicator; MIDI in & out signal indicator; Supports: Windows Vista/XP and Mac OS X
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 2 inches ; 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001LJUVO4
  • Item model number: HDE-A29
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (493 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 18, 2008

Product Description

This MIDI interface cable is self-powered and can be conveniently attached to your computer's USB port, without the need for tools or computer disassembly. This MIDI interface cable is the simplest and most convenient way to connect a keyboard or controller to a computer via a USB port. There's no need for additional cables - this interface comes with integral USB and MIDI cables as part of its sturdy construction. This interface provides one MIDI input port and one MIDI output port, with each MIDI port supporting 16 MIDI channels. This USB MIDI cable easily turns your computer into a music studio and gives you the power to play songs on your keyboard or other controller, then mix and edit them on your home computer or laptop with any sequencing or recording software you have installed them play them back on the built-in synth or an any out-board synth.


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Customer Reviews

Not even a red light to indicate power.
Matt
My computer does install a USB driver, but my midi device is not found by my software.
Larry Scott
Cost of the product isn't worth returning.
Boonsom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

111 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin T. Paric on April 1, 2009
This is, by far, the cheapest option right now for a comparable length USB MIDI interface cable: a measly $6. For those who want a straight answer: yes, it works. For me. If yours doesn't, HDE has a great return policy.

PROS:
- Very easy setup, driver installs automatically within seconds
- Windows XP, Vista 32 and 64-bit compatible
- Very cheap, while offering an authentic USB MIDI interface

CONS:
- Cord is a little too short for me--about 5 feet
- High latency. Latency is the time it takes for input from your keyboard to reach your computer, and in my experience the latency for this interface is really high--around a quarter to three quarters of a second. This makes it very hard to play live accompaniment to background music you've created. However, if you disable MIDI playback in your sequencing program and just listen to the notes as they're played on your keyboard, you can shift all of the notes in your program after you've finished and it works just fine. It's a couple extra steps per song, or a couple dozen more dollars for a faster cord :3
- Those lights on the converter are annoying!

NOTES
- When setting up, if you are getting no sound, try switching the MIDI IN/OUT ports on your input device. On Yamaha products, "MIDI IN" goes into the keyboard's "MIDI OUT" port, etc. so you can't just match them up!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Frank on May 3, 2009
Quick note: make sure the 'In' plug goes into your 'Out' on your keyboard and vice-versa.
I bought this to work with a game like guitar hero, but for the piano, Synthesia. The game plays the notes on your computer screen, and then the music comes out your keyboard (best to prevent lag).
I experience practically no lag when working with Mixcraft, using the sound driver "Wave-RT" in the settings. Mixcraft is a fun music recording studio program.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on July 27, 2010
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I am a newbie to Garageband and quickly realized that I needed a MIDI keyboard. I already had an old Casio from the '90's but no cables to attach to my Macbook Pro. I was close to buying the M-Audio interface that costs $40, but I didn't want to spend too much money as this is only a hobby. So I bought this cheapy thing not knowing if it would work. Well, I plugged in one of the MIDI outputs into my keyboard and stuck the USB end into the Macbook, thinking that the next step would be to hunt for and install a driver, but Garageband immediately recognized my Casio keyboard and I was able to use it right away! I was so stoked because I saved myself a lot of money.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Zott Mob on March 26, 2010
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I bought this cable so that I could use my Yamaha YPT-320 keyboard with my laptop computer, with an emphasis on using it with Synthesia.

I was initially discouraged at buying this product, because some reviews said it may not work with all hardware configurations, but I figured for the price (about eight-ish dollars after shipping), that I could take the risk, rather than spend $30 on a similar cable that had possible no greater chance of working.

I'm glad I did. The cable works as I expected it. I initially was confused about the IN-OUT method of the ports, but figured it out. The lights on the cable light up when the cable is receiving a transmission from either the USB side or MIDI side of the cable, which was very useful in troubleshooting technicalities and configurations. The Blue light on the Midi side of the port is a little bit too bright and a little blinding if facing right at the user, but this really doesn't detract from the functionality of the cable.

Construction of the cable felt sturdy.

Windows 7 X64 edition set up the cable, and selecting the USB Midi Connection in Synthesia, setting my YPT-320 to PC2 I was able to jam away. I could even have the program playback notes to the keyboard. I did not notice any major lag between the program and the keyboard through the cable.

I also briefly tested the same setup with the FL Studio 9 trial, and it seemed to work equally.

I would recommend this product, cheap and functional.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Mitchum on January 2, 2009
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Works perfect, just make sure you plug it into the same USB drive every time to avoid repetitive driver installs.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Andy on September 17, 2009
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This product specifies that it's Mac compatible with OS X. Either that's outright inaccurate or the device is entirely dead. No lights will come on when it's plugged in, but the keyboard crashes when it's plugged in.

Yes, I noted which plug was supposed to go into which port. Tried this with two separate computers.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Sonomura on November 2, 2011
Okay, I bought this item to hook up my keyboard with garageband, and at first, when I set it up, it didn't work at all, but then I realized what was wrong. The cables are marked MIDI OUT and MIDI IN. The one marked MIDI OUT goes into the IN, and MIDI IN goes into the OUT. SADLY THERE IS ANOTHER PROBLEM, it does work, but when I use the pedal for the keyboard, it registers it as another note, so I can't use the pedal. So if you are just using the keyboard, this should work, but if you like to use the pedal like I do, you'll have to pay more for a better one. hope this helps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Pyles on March 31, 2011
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I purchased this adapter to connect my Roland CV30 to a new computer I have on order. On my current computer the CV30 was connected through a Turtle Beach sound card, and using Finale 2007, that setup worked very well.
Today, when I substituted the USB MIDI Cable Converter for the Santa Cruz Sound card, I noted that certain keypresses (so far a G above middle C, and middle C, and an F about 2 octaves above middle C, caused the output sound to hang; all notes in the measure sound continuously. I had to minimize the Finale window to stop the sound.
Unless I can discover a "work-around" this adapter will be useless for my purpose (music entry) Obviously, if I were to play live in a perfomance, these "ciphers" would be distracting to say the least.

Chances are that I will have to search for a current sound card with MIDI controller.
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