How to Connect a MIDI USB Keyboard to an iPad

Connecting USB-based MIDI devices to your iPad is a snap! Many apps like Garage Band, iPolysix, and Tabletop support small devices.

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How to Connect a MIDI USB Keyboard to an iPad
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Start by getting the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. (For older iPads, the 30-pin to USB Camera Kit also works.)

Start by getting the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. (For older iPads, the 30-pin to USB Camera Kit also works.)

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Get a SMALL USB-based MIDI controller, e.g. 25-key. Some MIDI controllers have batteries to power them, or larger professional keyboard controllers/synthesizers/pianos have their own AC power supply.

Get a SMALL USB-based MIDI controller, e.g. 25-key. Some MIDI controllers have batteries to power them, or larger professional keyboard controllers/synthesizers/pianos have their own AC power supply.

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Get a CoreMIDI-compatible app, e.g. Garage Band, Tabletop, NanoStudio, MusicStudio, Thumbjam, etc. IMPORTANT: Launch the app.

Get a CoreMIDI-compatible app, e.g. Garage Band, Tabletop, NanoStudio, MusicStudio, Thumbjam, etc. IMPORTANT: Launch the app.

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Connect you USB cable to the keyboard and the Lightning adapter.

Connect you USB cable to the keyboard and the Lightning adapter.

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Plug the Lightning adapter into the iPad. IMPORTANT: Always launch the app first before connecting the Lightning adapter! If the keyboard isn't working, unplug and re-plug.

Plug the Lightning adapter into the iPad. IMPORTANT: Always launch the app first before connecting the Lightning adapter! If the keyboard isn't working, unplug and re-plug.

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Tap some keys on the keyboard or the control buttons to make sure power is getting to the device.

Tap some keys on the keyboard or the control buttons to make sure power is getting to the device.

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Troubleshooting: some apps require you to tell them your keyboard is used for input.

Troubleshooting: some apps require you to tell them your keyboard is used for input.

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Troubleshooting: some apps have "Learn Mode". Enter Learn Mode, tap on the part of the screen to "learn", then press your keyboard or twist a knob to assign it. Exit Learn Mode and play around!

Troubleshooting: some apps have "Learn Mode". Enter Learn Mode, tap on the part of the screen to "learn", then press your keyboard or twist a knob to assign it. Exit Learn Mode and play around!

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