How to Make an MP3 Song Using a MIDI Interface

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Making an MP3 song using a MIDI interface doesn't require an advanced computer degree. Make an MP3 song using a MIDI interface with help from an audio engineer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Tim Trotter, and today I'm going to show you how you can use a MIDI keyboard hooked up to a MIDI interface to make an MP3. Now, there's two different ways that you can do this, the first is have a keyboard that has a MIDI out through USB, once you have that it's simply you plug it in and you're good to go. But we don't have one of those here today, today we have a MIDI out cable connector and to do that we need an inner face, like this one. Next we're going to need a MIDI keyboard, like this one, simply take your MIDI cable like so, plug it in to the MIDI out, make sure your inner face is on and then we're going to pop over to the Mac and I'll show you how to set it up from there. The first thing you're going to want to do is make sure that you've got GarageBand opened up here, in this case we've already pre opened it up here and we've got a piano track here.To make sure that it's properly talking to the MIDI inner face we're going to go up here to GarageBand, we're going to go to preferences, then we're going to go to audio MIDI, which it's already selected on. Your audio output here should read system setting, but for this example purposes and this recording we're using this here, your audio input should say what ever the name brand is of your inner face, in this case it's a Saffire Focusrite Pro 24, so we're going to make sure that that's selected here and it is indeed selected. Once that has been selected you need to go another application, go ahead and go back to the desktop here, go up to go, then go down to utilities, go ahead and find the audio MIDI setup located here, go ahead and open it and it should open up to this screen here named audio devices. This is a list of all of the different audio devices that are connected to your Mac, we're going to go ahead and locate our inner face, which is Saffire here, as dictated by the fire wire icon, go ahead and make sure that that's selected and go up to window and go show MIDI window and that's going to bring up this window and you'll see here this ME25, which is actually our model designation, for our Saffire and it's got literally some digital cables going down to something that's also labled ME25, but it's got a MIDI keyboard logo here. Go ahead and make sure that this arrow here is pressed down and then we're going to click test setup here and if all goes according to plan, we'll be able to hit the key on our keyboard and the screen in MIDI Studio will flash, just like that, once you've done that go ahead and exit out of audio MIDI setup and back in to GarageBand, close your preference. Now, once you're in GarageBand you should be able to hit the keys on your keyboard, there you go. Now all you need to do is hit record and play something. I'm not very good, but there it is. Go ahead and stop the recording and you'll notice the bars have appeared in the green up here, that indicates that those notes have been recorded. Now, all you need to do to share it, to an MP3 or a iTunes compatible format is go up to the share button here, hit export song to disk, go ahead and choose your format, go ahead and select MP3, we're going to select audio settings here and we're just going to click good quality, go ahead and hit export, title your song and then hit save. Notice how it popped on the desktop here, go ahead and open it up, in this case it's going to open up in QuickTime, go ahead and hit play. And that's enough of that. And that's all there is to it. And that's how you make a MP3 using a MIDI keyboard hooked to MIDI inner face on your Mac. Hope that helps you out and thanks for watching.

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