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  3. Wednesday, 18 April 2018
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Hello, I am almost a total newbie to midi and musical sofware (apart from Finale :D), but I would really like to learn.
I want to buy a keyboard that I can use as a midi controler( in my head this means that I want to hook it up to my pc via usb and use it to write music/and make it sound like different instruments(vst) in a program like ableton or logic.
My question would be, can the Roland Go keys be connected via usb and used in such a manner? And also, without and external audio interface, would it lag?
I am asking this becasue I couldnt really understand it from the manual online, and, about the lag I read on a forum that if you connect it in a usb3.o port it wouldnt lag(given you a have relatively good cpu, which I think I have)

Thank for everyone that took the time to read this, and I'm sorry if Im askind too dumb a question.
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Yes, you can use the keyboard as you describe, however, latency (lag) is not related to the USB connection. Only MIDI data is transmitted over USB from the keyboard to the computer. Latency is introduced when software receives the MIDI message and then has to route the MIDI data to something like a software VST instrument or an external MIDI module. The biggest factors to consider for latency are the computer's processing speed and the audio device driver, both of which have nothing to do with MIDI. I encourage you to post to a forum such as KVR to get help in that area.
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HI,

I have a similar problem:

I've got a ROLAND GO:PIANO but it seems I can't use it as a midi controller.
When I hook it up to my pc via usb nothing happens and Logic Pro does not recognise it.

Is there a driver I need to install first?

thank you in advance!
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