Midi Keyboard Not Connecting To GarageBand – How To Fix

By ced •  Updated: 02/23/22 •  3 min read

GarageBand is a digital audio workstation (DAW) program developed by Apple. It is used to record, edit, and mix music. Let’s take a look at some possible solutions for your problems.

Make sure that you have set the correct input and output options in your GarageBand preferences, so that you can get started. In most cases, this is not necessary, but if your midi controller isn’t working for whatever reason, you can always change these settings.

If your midi keyboard isn’t working, go to the preferences in GarageBand. Click on Audio and Midi, and then click on the button to reset your midi drivers.

Do you think that perhaps some part of your musical track has been muted? In the track header area, you can see that there are two buttons. One of them looks like a loudspeaker, and there is a line through it. The other button looks like a pair of headphones.

Midi Keyboard Not Connecting To GarageBand

The one that looks like a speaker is the button that says mute. The one that looks like a headphones button is the button that lets you isolate a track in your mix. If that happens, that button can be used to hear that particular track only, and not the others.

When you choose to use mute, the window will turn a turquoise green, and the midi region will no longer be green. Instead, it will be a darker shade of grey.

If the button to play solo is turned on, the sound will be yellow.

If you accidentally isolate a track by clicking on the “solo” button, you won’t be able to hear the midi controller unless you are currently playing that track through that “software instrument” track.

Another possible reason is that you’ve slid the volume slider to the left, and that in effect disables the track.

Check that your midi keyboard is connected to your computer. It is possible that something is going wrong with your USB Firewire cable.

If your computer isn’t recognizing your midi controller, unplug it and reconnect it after you restart GarageBand.

You can also check that your computer has recognized your controller by hitting a note on your midi controller and seeing if it registers that note at the top of the screen.

If you hit any of the notes, an inscription that looks like a circle will appear in the upper right-hand corner of the Beats Position Display at the top-center of GarageBand.

When you play a chord on a midi controller, GarageBand will tell you exactly what chord that chord is.

The other way to check that your computer is recognizing the keyboard is to go into the mac settings. After that, click on System Report.

Go to the bottom of the page where it says USB, and click on that.

On the right-hand side of the menu, it will list the devices that are connected to your computer currently.

If you are still struggling with your computer, try using another USB-C port. If you are using the new Macbook, you should also try using a different device. It could be that the adapter isn’t working properly.

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