The UX16 USB-MIDI Interface is about the easiest way to connect your musical keyboard to your computer. If your computer has a USB jack (most computers in the last few years do), you simply connect the UX16 to your USB connector on your computer and plug the MIDI in and out cables (shown shortened in the photo above – the actual length of the USB cable is 2 feet and the length of the MIDI cables is a little over 4 feet) into your keyboard. You will have to install a “driver” so that your computer knows about the UX16 and the driver is included with the interface on a CD-ROM.
Many people that purchase keyboards would love to be able to save and edit their songs in the computer, the same way that they use Word Processors. Having a graphical display, whether you choose the Piano Roll view or Notation view, makes it very easy to fix any errors you may have made playing your song. Of course, composers like the fact that they can print their masterpieces. Once you are connected to your computer, you will need some kind of music software. There are many kinds of software available for handling music, from very inexpensive to thousands of dollars. Yamaha makes a reasonably priced product called XGworks that works on PCs or Macs. Follow the link to find out more about this wonderful piece of software that allows you to change the voices or volumes on individual tracks, score any track(s) you like (PC only) and edit pitch, volume and timing of individual notes on those tracks. Once you get the song the way you want, you can e-mail it to your friends and relatives so that they can hear you at your best!