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I have a Yamaha keyboard that is getting older, which my sister used to use for paino lessons, but she quit those and now it sits idle, but it has MIDI In/Out and I'll be taking some music theory and composition classes next year, so I want to start playing around a little bit with the software side of the industry, because it's something I'm interested in even outside of school. Now, I have a few qestions that I hope you can help me with:

The keyboard is full General-MIDI compatable, so it should work with any MIDI-capable hardware/software, correct? It's industry-standard?

In order to connect the keyboard to the computer, I know I'll need some sort of adapter/cable, but for basics like I'll be doing, will I need to get anything fancy, or will a simple adapter cable like this suffice? It will need to interface with Finale, and possibly Cakewalk or After Effects, too.

If my keyboard won't work, what is fairly inexpensive that will work for what I need? I really have no idea when it comes to the recording/creation aspect of audio technology, so any advice you can offer is very welcome.

Thanks in advance,
-Chipp
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I've got something like that, and it hooks up to my Finale software just fine. Takes a bit of setting up, but works perfectly after that.
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The MIDI serial interface is a standard. Just plug it in.

The question is, will the MIDI software on the PC support your MIDI device?
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