I have an electronic drum kit (Millenium MPS-100) connected to my laptop via a MIDI (5-pin) to USB cable (just a cheap cable, there's no brand/model on it). I can't seem to get any signal from the drum kit to my laptop. I'm using MIDI-OX to check the raw input, and its only sending an 'active sensing' command. When I hit the snare hard enough it also sends a 'timing clock' command (see screenshot).

screenshot from midi-ox

This is the only signal I've gotten so far. I've tried another MIDI to USB cable (same type, but a second one), and nothing changed.

What am I doing wrong? Or is the MIDI output port of my drum kit just broken?


There are three LEDs on the converter: power, in and out. The power LED is on, and the in LED is flashing when an active sensing command is sent. When I hit any drum/cymbal, the LED flashes an extra time. Maybe this info is useful.

  • Please don't cross-post to multiple SE sites. pick one & stick to it, or request migration. - sound.stackexchange.com/questions/48318/… – Tetsujin May 11 at 17:06
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    Is your converter a broken one like this one? – CL. May 11 at 17:10
  • @Tetsujin i'm sorry, i later realised i should've posted on the sound design SE. – sFyX67v7Ia1XDGFU May 11 at 17:16
  • @CL. Yup, that's the one. So I should just buy a better midi cable? – sFyX67v7Ia1XDGFU May 11 at 17:17
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    tbh, it's probably a better fit for here than Sound Design. It's a) more a hardware/computer issue than actual sound construction & b) this stack is busier. – Tetsujin May 11 at 17:27

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