Thomas Alexander;158685 wrote:
The 204 should work fine through USB. Or, you can get something like the Monoprice 25 or 49 key MIDI keyboard. These devices will run off USB no problem, but if you use MIDI cables, you will need a power supply (sold separately).
Horst Siegert;158691 wrote:
assumption: you are on win?
Why do you want to connect the MIDI device direct to the interface?
Why not via USB to the computer?
What are you missing doing so?
Mark Farrell;158737 wrote:
The UMC204HD is a soundcard in the sense that it gets audio in and out of your PC. It is capable of MIDI through the 5 pin DIN jacks which can be connected to keyboards, controllers, or other devices if they have the same type of connections.
A USB controller does not have the need to be physically connected to the UMC204HD nor should it be, as it is used to communicate with software within your computer, not to the interface. A controller can play virtual instruments that reside in the computer or be used to control functions or parameters within a DAW recording software. You'll use another USB port on the computer to connect the controller.
There are instances where you might have a hardware sound module fitted with 5 pin DIN connectors that you wish to play from a controller. The USB connected controller/keyboard would be 'bridged' through software in the computer to send the MIDI information to the UMC204HD and out its 5 pin DIN MIDI ports.
Whatever you want to control within the computer will need to be told what MIDI device will be used as a controller in an Options/Setup selection in the software.
In summary, connect the UMC204HD to one USB port and the controller to another USB port.