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    MIDI to USB Cable for Yamaha PSR-640 Keyboard
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    Amazon is all over the map on pricing. (Literally ) I find most music gear stuff is often over priced with the odd item being cheaper. My studio mate tells me he’s used the cheapos with no real problems and he’s One of my go to guru guys when I’m stuck.

    Something so simple yet so much research

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    MIDI to USB Cable for Yamaha PSR-640 Keyboard
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    After fixing/replacing the power DC jack tonight and getting the keyboard to power up again,I decided to order two of the MIDI to USB converters -
    The cheapest one I could find at $C 2.37 with $4.- shipping with supposedly the latest chip - this one will take 4 - 6 weeks to get here, and
    a mid-priced one from Proctor at just over $C 20.- which should be here this week.

    That will eventually tell me if there is a difference.

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    MIDI to USB Cable for Yamaha PSR-640 Keyboard
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    from what Im gathering, if it works, it will work

    Midi only really becomes a pain in the **** in the 'handshaking' attempts, and controlling stuff from other devices. Id be curious if the 2 dollar one worked a charm, it'd kick the poop outta the $200 one I have in my rack. (to be fair it IS an 8x8 tho with 5 devices hooked in)

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    MIDI to USB Cable for Yamaha PSR-640 Keyboard
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    It’s interesting that there was this discussion of a midi controller and just the other day this came across my feed:
    How will MIDI 2.0 change music? — Quartz

    Wow. After allllllll this time. I don’t know why it took this long. But midi 2.0! It’ll make my more expensive rack mounted midi controller obsolete at some point! Never thought I’d see this.

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    MIDI to USB Cable for Yamaha PSR-640 Keyboard
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    Curious, did the cheap one work?

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    MIDI to USB Cable for Yamaha PSR-640 Keyboard
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    Don't have it yet, it's coming from China.

    We also haven't used the "expensive" one yet - need to fix the contacts of a bunch of keys on the keyboard first.

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    MIDI to USB Cable for Yamaha PSR-640 Keyboard
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    Don't have it yet, it's coming from China.
    You might be waiting for some time. Not sure about mail, but other forms of transport between the US/Canada and China have been delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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    MIDI to USB Cable for Yamaha PSR-640 Keyboard
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    The "cheap" MIDI to USB converter arrived today.

    It may have been the second one they shipped since I never received the first "cheap" one from China- or they possibly never shipped it until I complained two weeks ago that I had not received it.
    The quality of the "cheap" one from China is very good - doesn't look at all like a typically "China" product.
    Functionality that we tested so far is fine as well - there is really no point buying the more expensive ones if one can wait for the mail from China.
    Comes with a small sheet of basic, but I think adequate instructions - especially the fact that MIDI In plugs into MIDI Out and the other way around.
    I have attached a copy of the instruction sheet -had to reduce it to 800 pixels and enhance the print-hope it is legible.

    MIDI to USB Converter.jpg

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