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What type of computer add-in card would I need to hook up my keyboard (piano) to my desktop? I compose music, so what i'd like to do is be able to play it into my computer and have it make the sheet music for me.
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You need a MIDI card, but I am not very knowledgeable in this area so I can't really recommend one. But what you need is called a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) card.
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You need a MIDI card, but I am not very knowledgeable in this area so I can't really recommend one. But what you need is called a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) card.
anyhing really.

those joystick ports in sound cards also double as a midi port.
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X-Fi Platinum, X-Fi Fatality, X-Fi Elite Pro all have MIDI input/output for keyboards they come on the front panel that is included.
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X-Fi Platinum, X-Fi Fatality, X-Fi Elite Pro all have MIDI input/output for keyboards they come on the front panel that is included.
Beat me to it, Yeah you can go out and buy an x-fi but if you don't want to you can go for the cheaper audigy cards. Some of them also have the front pannel. I've hooked up my guitar before and it sounded great. They also have midi ports on the front for your pianno.
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there are several ways to do it.

the simpliest way is probably like the others said is to get a MIDI card, if your keybard even has MIDI.

the way i have my sound setup is that i have a standard mixer board.

everything connects to that mixer board and that mixer board connects to my computer using a standard 1/8" jack - you can use rca's if you want.

so i can connect my guitar, drums, keyboard, microphones. etc to the mixer.

but that may be too much for you.

if you have a keyboard with midi, get a MIDI card pci that you can put in your computer.

if your keyboard doesn't have one it should have a headphone / line out jack, connect that using 1/4" (most likely) then get a 1/4" to 1/8" converter and use that to connect the other end to your PC.

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i just realized the 2nd half of your thread. and in order to do that, you need midi. if you have a korg i believe there is another way. you might be able to record on to a memory card, and upload it on your pc.
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