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Types of connector Acoustic instruments, of course, don't have any kind of electrical audio output. For these you need a microphone. For the purposes of this answer, a microphone is just another instrument. Electric instruments have a socket in them through which an audio signal is output. There are various kinds of connector: 3.5mm phone – the same ...


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This has been a raging debate for the past 30 years or so. There has been a healthy competition between the two platforms in an effort to corner a large segment of the market share. In the beginning, Macs targeted the creative artsy types and the platform had features and benefits specifically geared to favor musicians and photographers and graphic ...


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This is a known issue in Mojave. There's something wrong with CoreMIDI that causes it to take much longer to initialize than it used to. Logic Pro X has a hard-coded CoreMIDI initialization timeout that expires before CoreMIDI finishes starting, so Logic on High Sierra takes a long time to launch (waiting for CoreMIDI), and then can't use MIDI because the ...


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One thing that no one has mentioned yet (I think) is the audio driver. On Windows, to get multiple audio drivers you either need to use the windows driver, which in general doesn't work very well with DAWs, has more latency and limited multi-device options, or use ASIO4ALL which allows you to combine the inputs into one device and work with low-latency, at ...


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Yes it is possible. Using your Mac If you want your Mac to be part of the system, you'll need to leave your Mac on running the software that is producing the sounds at all times, but that doesn't seem to match a "simple always-on piano". Samplers need a lot of resources, and having one on your system 100% of the time might be impractical. If you ...


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I'm assuming that you are currently using a USB cable to connect the keyboard to the computer. When you hook it up this way, you are using the keyboard as a "controller" - that is, you are sending MIDI information from your keyboard to control the digital instruments in GarageBand. Your Juno DS-88 can also send audio over that USB cable (not all keyboards ...


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Eventually found the reason! It actually was Ableton fault. We spoke with an Ableton engineer who explain that there's some black magic happening in the Midi stack of Live. It will delay some midi to match the audio latency of the system. The 20ms added latency is tied to the audio buffer (and will increase if you increase the audio buffer) That makes ...


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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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The gender of the first cable is wrong--it would need to be XLR female. But the signal you would get would be unusably quiet anyway. The raw output of a microphone is at a level called mic level, which is on the order of millivolts (it's the energy that can be generated from the sound waves bumping into the mic element--think trying to power a wind turbine ...


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I'm going to assume that you don't want to buy sound-generating hardware to replace your Mac. Apple provides a free lightweight application called "AU Lab". It is not installed by default. Among other places you can get it at: http://www.apple.com/itunes/mastered-for-itunes/ AU Lab allows you to connect MIDI channels to sound modules called "Audio Units". ...


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GarageBand is a bit limited compared to Logic Pro X, but there's a hack that you can use. It's sort of cumbersome though, but it should work. Essentially, you're going to create 2 software instruments and add the AUPitch plugin to one of them detuning it by a quarter tone (up or down, doesn't matter). Create 2 tracks (of the same instrument) Move to one of ...


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A Y-splitter will work. Or it seems easy to post-process in GarageBand, as described here:


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Here's what works for me: Set the default startup action in Logic to 'Do nothing'. Start Logic. If the Coremidi error message occurs, quit and restart Logic instantly. Voilá, no error this time. my setup is: Mac Mini 2018, osx 10.14.5 (Mojave) Intrestingly, this error never came up for a month since i started using Logic. At one point, my 2 year old ...


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This issue just popped up for me as well- same symptoms (CoreMIDI error when launching Logic Pro X). I had recently updated to Logic 10.4.4, but the big difference is this- I'm still on High Sierra. I'm using an iMac Pro 2017, and Logic had been opening slower than it does on my 2012 Mac Mini. That issue was annoying, but the error was a showstopper. ...


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I can't provide a definitive answer about using USB hubs due to the various configurations available, but basically, using an adapter for Thunderbolt to USB shouldn't cause any latency or bottleneck issues. Many of the common USB audio interfaces are still running at USB 2.0 specification, which provides plenty of transfer rate for most audio interface ...


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I'm guessing that there's probably a "web audio" project (meaning it's just a web page built with JavaScript) that can do it. For instance here's an arpeggiator: https://codepen.io/jakealbaugh/full/qNrZyw/ There are lot of other web audio projects like that and I'm sure there's probably one to do whatever you need. But I see so many of them and don't ...


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I use Ableton Live on a MacBook Pro with the following specs and it generally works fine and without noticeable lag: MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 I don't use an external audio interface to do this (although I can optionally run a mic in via an audio interface and that works fine too). I set the buffer ...


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Your processor and RAM are not going to be the bottleneck here. Your audio interface will be the critical path, as this is where latency will make itself known. As Todd commented, you'll want to use an audio interface connected by Thunderbolt (as it has the lowest latency) A good audio interface will also have the benefit of providing input impedance ...


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PC guy here, but you could run it though an external sound card, like Komplete 6. Or you could load better music drivers; on a PC for example, we have to download a particular ASIO driver to reduce latency. Either way, go to Preferences --> Audio and start tweaking there until you get a comfy latency.


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The second one. Or an audio interface that has a mic preamp built in. The second item pictured is just a really small USB audio interface with a built in mic preamp. You can get bigger ones with more features, but the one in your picture looks like it will do the job.


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The only difference between using a Mac versus a Windows computer is that with a Mac you can run Apple OS X which is required for a very few pieces of software that some musicians really like, and Windows is required for a few other packages and Windows is more affordable when purchased with a Windows computer. Particularly, I would say Apple Logic Pro and ...


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You need some loopback, either a virtual sound card, or just an analog cable; some command-line MIDI player (probably MIDImyAPP, or some AppleScript); and some command-line audio recorder.


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Depending on which model, that machine may have a dual-purpose in/output. Can you switch over the input, as here...? http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3625 When you put a mini-stereo plug in the combination audio port, your computer will automatically detect the device and use the device as an analog output device. If you want to set up the port as ...


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Yes you can. You will need to set one device to send midi clock and the other to receive midi clock. Then attach via the appropriate "out to in" sockets with one midi cable. I found this information on page 49 and 50 of Maschine manual v1.5.


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Another option if you happen to already use Google Chrome is just using a "web audio" synth of some kind. These are virtual instruments written in JS that run in a web browser. There are a lot of demos around and some of them support using a MIDI controller. For instance here's one that emulates a DX7: http://mmontag.github.io/dx7-synth-js/ You won't get ...


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This is actually pretty easy to do if your keyboard has its own sounds. Connect your keyboard to a small mixer, a $100 Tapco will do. Then have your external speakers connected to the mixer. Have your Mac run a line into the mixer. This turns your Mac sounds into a simple line in, and you can raise or lower levels on the mixer. Just a little 4 channel one ...


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