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I want to connect an old MIDI keyboard to a computer USB port, as an input device. I don't need any advanced features, just the keys and pressure, and minimum latency. I'm using Arch Linux btw.

I noticed there are connectors available for £10-20. Is there anything I need to know? Do you have any recommendations?

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@kiilas most MIDI hardware stuff should be pretty class compliant these days on Linux. Things should just plug and play.

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@paul Thank you! Is there anything in particular I need to look at when choosing which MIDI to USB connector to buy, or am I safe just picking any random one that doesn't have bad reviews?

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@kiilas These sorts of things tend to be more similar than different, so you're pretty safe picking one that has decent reviews. If you're being extra careful, you could look search for terms like "class compliant" and "linux".

In the 10+ years using Linux to make music, I've never had any issues getting MIDI hardware to be detected on Linux, so I'm pretty confident you won't run into any real issues. On the other hand, finding USB audio interfaces that actually worked on Linux used to be quite a scavenger hunt 10 years ago. Nowadays, more audio interfaces work on my Linux machines than my Windows/OSX machines. Ha!

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@paul Cool! Thank you so much for your help!

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@kiilas no prob. happy music-ing.

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