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Connecting your MIDI keyboard to your MAC can be slightly confusing when you’re new to keyboards. There are going to be a couple of different ways to accomplish this and I also want to touch on what you need to create sound once connected. Connecting your MIDI keyboard to a laptop is going to be the easy part; getting sound is going to be a little bit more difficult, but still easy.


1) USB Cable

You will want to get a USB cable from a local music store or on Amazon if you don’t already have one.

They are typically cheap and you don’t need to spend a ton on one. Located your the USB port on your Macbook and connect the bigger side of your cable to it.

If you’re connecting to a computer, you do the same process. Find the USB port on your tower and plug it in accordingly.

When doing this you will want to plug the smaller side into the back of your MIDI keyboard. You should see your keyboard light up and turn on when doing this.

Make sure that your laptop is turned on and also plugged into a charger. I like to have mine plugged into a charger only to save the battery.


Once you do this, you will be fully connected to your laptop; now let’s talk about connecting to a DAW.

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Connecting MIDI Keyboard With A DAW

Connecting to your DAW might be a little more confusing, especially if you don’t know what a DAW is. Essentially, your DAW is going to be what allows you to play music with your MIDI controller.

An example of a DAW is GarageBand, which is on every single Macbook that you can purchase.


For example, let’s take Ableton Live. Connect your keyboard to your laptop the same way we discussed. Now, open up Ableton Live. You should immediately see a connection with your MIDI controller.

Now, go to preferences in Ableton Live and click the audio. Make sure the audio is correct with your speakers on your laptop.

Here is a really helpful video:

Connecting With Bluetooth

This is a very similar process, only you don’t need a USB cable. Make sure your laptop has Bluetooth turned on and then search to connect with your keyboard. If you can’t immediately find it, make sure you check your MIDI keyboard manual as this will show you any further instructions you may need for a specific keyboard.

If you have a Bluetooth controller, check out my guide to them here.



I hope this guide was helpful. Now that you know how to connect; I hope you have an amazing time playing with your MIDI controller.

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Here's how to test your MIDI setup with the Audio MIDI Setup app.

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  1. Connect your MIDI controller (such as a keyboard) to your Mac. If you're using a MIDI interface, connect the interface to your Mac, and connect any controllers to your MIDI interface.
  2. Open Audio MIDI Setup, located in the Utilites folder of your Applications folder.
  3. Choose Window > Show MIDI Studio. MIDI devices connected to your Mac appear as icons in the MIDI Studio window. Devices that aren't currently connected are dimmed.
  4. Select the device you want to test, then click in the MIDI Studio toolbar.
  5. To test MIDI input to a device, click the down arrow on the icon for the selected device. Each MIDI port on the device has its own set of arrows. If your device has status lights for MIDI data transmission, the light for the port should illuminate. If your device is connected for audio output and it’s set up to receive on the same MIDI channel, the device also makes a sound.
  6. To test the MIDI output of a device, play a note on the MIDI controller. When your Mac receives the signal, the up arrow for the corresponding MIDI out port on your device is highlighted in MIDI Studio.
  7. To stop testing, click .

If your MIDI controller or interface does not respond when you run any of these tests, make sure that it’s compatible with the version of macOS on your Mac. Contact the manufacturer for support. If an update is available, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to update the device or software.

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If you can't hear sound from MIDI sound modules

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If the status lights on your MIDI interface light while testing, make sure your cables are connected from MIDI out ports on the interface to MIDI in ports on the module.

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If you still aren't hearing sound, make sure that the audio outputs from your modules are connected to a mixer or other amplification system. If your module has a headphone jack, try connecting headphones to the module to check for sound.