I currently record midi tracks in my DAW (Reaper) by using a midi controller (NI S61)and software instruments (VST´s). I would like to add an older Kurzweil K2600r sound module to my set up. I want to be able to record and playback instruments from the Kurzweil using midi "notes", not audio WAV forms. Yes, I have an audio interface that has midi in/out options. The Kurzweil also has midi in/out/thru but not a USB connection. If this is possible can someone give me a straight forward, "connect this to that, and that to this" type of explanation on how this can be achieved? Thank you in advance for any enlightenment on this matter!
The K2600r has standard 5-pin MIDI connections (in/out/thru). You should use these on your audio interface (most audio interfaces have MIDI connections as well as USB).
Connect a MIDI cable from the 'Out' of your interface to the 'In' of the K2600r, and another from the 'In' of your interface to the 'Out' of the K2600r.
In your DAW, send the MIDI information on the MIDI channel that the K2600r is listening on, and you should be fine.
a midi keyboard without USB can be imported by a USB midi interface (as Roland UM-ONE or an older product as midiman:
the connection is no problem: USB to USB and midi in/out to midi in/out
You can connect your Kurzweil by MIDI so that it can be controlled by a MIDI track in Reaper. It makes no difference whether the MIDI connection is direct USB or via the older 5-pin cables.
But neither way will transfer the SOUND of the Kurzweil into Reaper. If you want to include the Kurzweil's sound in your Reaper mixes, you'll need to connect audio out of the Kurzweil to the audio input of your computer's audio interface, and record it as an audio track.
This can, of course, be done while 'playing' the Kurzweil from a MIDI track in the same Reaper project. But you'll have to treat it in the same way as adding another live vocal track.