MIDI Connection, Keyboard to Keyboard

by Joseph Williams
(Georgetown, KY)

How do I make a MIDI Connection, Keyboard to Keyboard (Radio Shack MD1700 / Casio 3700 keyboard)?

I have an older Radio Shack MD1700 which is a clone to the Casio 1600 series. The keyboard I currently enjoy is a Casio 3700. Can these two keyboards be connected by a single midi cable connection?

I enjoy very much playing each of these boards, as each has features and tones/rhythms that I like. Just thought it would be relevant to 'sync' them together and see what comes out.

Don't know all I should about midi, but as a retired 68 yr old engineer, who is fascinated with being able to play the EKM series music and Casio's one fingered chords allow me to do so. In the last year or so, I have read much data on how these boards operate and I am fascinated by that also.

I have successfully downloaded from the Casio Music site to the 3700 so I know the Midi on that machine works fine. There is nothing on the Casio site for the older MD1700 but most articles I read, Midi is Midi and it should work.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Joseph Williams
PS. I find your site very helpful.

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Follow-up on MIDI Connection, Keyboard to Keyboard
by: Joe

As usual, My dilema with the MIDI connection of two keyboards centered around my orientation of the MIDI system. The MD1700, being the older of the two keyboards quite frankly has a MIDI system that is very complicated to the neophite.

My main problem with the 'connection' was simply to energize it with the external controls available on the 1700. So, at the moment, I am able to see the key relationship from the main (WK3700) on the slave (MD1700) but have not fully realized the dual connection (Tones) from one to the other. I would assume these would be similar to layering on an individual keyboard.

However, all in all, I am fascinated with the capabilities of these instruments, and enjoy this new found hobby tremendously. I have found some older 'Playing Keyboard' magazines from the '90's and to me it is a treasure trove of information and music for these keyboards. If anyone knows what replaced this magazine, please let me know.

MIDI Connection, Keyboard to Keyboard
by: Suresh

Lot of keyboardists, who perform on-stage, do this type of MIDI connection so that they can use the best sounds / features from each of their keyboards.

In terms of connection, it is not difficult. You connect the MIDI-In of one keyboard to the MIDI-out of the other keyboard, and vice versa.

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