I have connected a yamaha psr e243 keyboard to garageband, and everything works fine except that the sounds effects are totally strange: they are neither what I select on the keyboard nor those selected from garageband library.

How can I make garageband use the midi input from the keyboard directly?

  • MIDI can send on several channels (1-14). Are you sure, that you selected the sound for the same channel, where you received the note information?
    – guidot
    Apr 29, 2016 at 20:08

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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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    All true, but does not explain, why the result has not the garageband-sound either.
    – guidot
    Apr 29, 2016 at 20:06

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