Wait! before you fork out money for an interface, why not try it with a friends computer first? buying another product should be a last resort – I only suggested it in case you already had one. remember, your akai acts like a midi interface, so by the time you get it working you’d have TWO midi interfaces that you dont need…
Basically, you used to have to buy a keyboard which output midi and then buy a midi interface which would convert to USB which your computer could then use. Nowadays most keyboards (yours included) have the midi interface built into them, so you only need to plug in the usb to get the midi data. The reason I suggested using the midi cable was so if you already had a midi interface which you knew worked (say, from another keyboard), you could test this one.
Just to clarify, you’re using windows, right?
I take it you’re plugging in straight via usb?
Go to control pannel -> system -> device manager (there’s a button somewhere) Have a look for any usb devices with a yellow question mark in the icon – that means the drivers haven’t been installed correctly
If the lcd lights up, it’s probably got enough power.
If it has midi out, try connecting that to a midi interface you already have – that way you can tell if its just a bust keyboard, or a system error.
I do agree that the reviewers let too much pass. I can understand when this site was in its infancy and they needed track numbers, but surely now a higher rejection rate should be used. For example, not just blocking tracks that don’t work or are one sample, but blocking a mediocre track in a category for which aj has too many tracks already.
Don’t forget non exclusive authors don’t have to sell inside AJ, so the developer could always settle for a reasonable price via email.
Pretty much the same comp was done on minimumnoise, except there were prizes. It’s a good idea, but it requires a decent web interface to let people see all the tracks on one page and vote. if the aj blog took it up, this could work well – a centralised announcement system and they’ve done polls in the past. could be a bit patchy on forums though. just to clarify, when you say “add a track” you mean add an instrument to the original song to go ontop, or add something to go afterwards?
youtube: The URL contained a malformed video ID. looks a good project though.
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My understanding is that that’s correct.