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Yes there is, it's called a computer :-) Like you said, you have an USB MIDI controller. This type of device is designed to be connected to a USB host, i.e. (in general) a computer and used with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software. However you can install a MIDI (standard) port in your computer connecting also to a USB port. The Roland/Edirol UM-1 ...


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MIDI isn't sound, it's just information about when keys were pressed (and some other info). If you're connecting via MIDI then you can't get the on-board sounds. If you want the sound off the keyboard, you need to connect via audio connections.


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To answer the first part, no, Macs do not inherently present any latency. CoreAudio is a rock solid, extremely low overhead and one of the main reasons people go for Macs for audio. I get < 2ms latency in Ableton with my Apogee Duet. Your latency is most likely coming from the interface. There's probably some external editor with either a buffer size or ...


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Having an actual MIDI output (instead of USB MIDI) is a good thing, because this allows you to connect devices without a PC inbetween. Rack-mount modules (e.g., Motif-Rack XS, Integra-7) are large, and correspondingly costly, but there are also "desktop" modules, such as the Mobile Studio Canvas. It might be cheaper to buy some used, discontinued model ...


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You mention that when you record with a microphone, the playback is slower and at a strange pitch. I'm guessing that's caused by the "Rate" slider. It's the green bar in the center of the screenshot (to the right of the word "[Paused]"). In your screenshot, it says "Rate: 0.949" which may be causing your recording to play back slowly. As for the MIDI ...



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