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How to Set Up MIDI

How to Set Up MIDI

How to Set Up MIDI

Short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, MIDI is one of the most essential tools in music.

Because of the modern electronic nature of music, in terms of instrumental connectivity and power rather than genre, it is imperative that any prospective musician, producer, or techie knows how to properly set up MIDI.

Don’t Be “That Guy”

In the interest of honesty, we’ll just come right out and say it: nobody likes the person who shows up to a gig or rehearsal and doesn’t even know how to turn on his own instrument.

This phenomenon in the music industry highlights to need to take the time to come to understand every single aspect of your instrument.

The Process

The above is especially true when it comes to processes as simple as managing MIDI connectivity. Nowadays, all you really have to do is plug in the right cables! Of course, with more advanced software, it gets a little more complicated.

When it comes to advanced recording software make sure to plug the MIDI input into the computer or laptop or whatever you have running your digital audio workstation (DAW) instead of into an amp.

Next, open your software and play a couple notes to test. Odds are, everything is already taken care of. This is where it gets tough and no guide can really help you do what you have to do next: Find the plug-ins that work best for you.


Every plug-in is different and there are countless plug-ins that all do the same things. At the end of the day, you’re going to end up wishing everything in music were as simple as plugging in the right cables.