Using MIDI inputs on second audio card...

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rkgibbons
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Hi Folks,

I recently built a new computer (see specs in my signature if it matters) -- and the motherboard came with fairly decent built-in sound capabilities (the Soundblaster 24bit Live 5.1 technology).

Unfortunately, the motherboard does not have any midi inputs (I have an electronic drum kit that I use to record drumming patterns, which eventually end up in songs, which eventually end up in the soundtracks of the videos I make).

Anyway, my question is this:

Could I install my old earlier Soundblaster card (from a previous system) into my new computer, but only use the MIDI inputs from it (but retain all of the audio functionality of my built-in sound?)

Curious if it's possible. And if yes, how would I go about doing it?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Keith.

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harlequin
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all you need is a 'joystick' controller , as most midi devices are able to be controlled from a midi/joystick connector.

a waste of all the other bits of a sound card if all you are going to do is enable that section of the card.

this might be a better , though more expensive solution
http://www.etcetera.co.uk/products/YAM102.shtml
a usb to midi converter

Gary MacKenzie

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rkgibbons
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Yah, I use the joystick controller on my old soundcard to connect my midi instruments (by connecting a MIDI breakout box that actually came with an even older Pro Audio Spectrum 16 card...)

I was just wondering if I could install my soundcard, but only install drivers for the joystick controller part (so that Windows XP still uses the motherboard sound capabilities rather than the sound capabilities on the Soundblaster card). Basically, I want the system to just ignore the soundcard altogether (apart from the midi/joystick i/o).

By the way, thanks for the link to the USB/Midi device. It's got me thinking along different lines -- and I'll probably plan a trip to the local music shop (as I suspect that the local electronic superstores won't carry something this specialized).

Anyway, I'll experiment with the soundcard...and then perhaps hit the music shop tomorrow.

Thanks Gary!

Keith.

AMD 4400+ Dual Core (2.2Ghz x 2), 2GB Ram, MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum MB, Nvidia 7800GTX video card, Pinnacle DC2000 component capture card, Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW 24" flat panel display, Sony SR1 AVCHD HD Camcorder, Pinnacle Liquid 6 Pro