Play a drumkit on my Yamaha P-155, and have it get recorded as MIDI in Garageband. My Yamaha keyboard does not have a drumkit as a Voice on it already. I want keys on the keyboard to be mapped to different drum sounds (hi-hat, snare, kickdrum etc.). I can already record keyboard voices by doing Keyboard->ScarletAudioInterface->Garageband and that works fine, but that does not involve any MIDI. I'm advised to just use the 'USB-to-device' on back of my keyboard and plug it directly into my Macbook.
Is this even possible given the P-155's technical specs?
My Yamaha P-155
How can I set this up? I couldn't get it to work via USB-A to USB-C (see below debugging section). Maybe via a MIDI-to-USB-C adapter it would work, I mean try using the MIDI-In / MIDI-Out my keyboard.
If it is not possible, then should I pickup a cheap MIDI controller? Open to any recommendations. Right now I record keyboard and bass tracks through my Scarlet Audio Interface into GarageBand and am very happy with it. Rock&Jazz&Funk but I also mix some e.piano and organ voices and make some techno riffs, I'd like to get into synth sounds. Used Ableton a long time ago and am open to Logic as well. Trying to keep my tech as simple as possible and grow slowly.
This is what I tried:
It has 'MIDI In / MDI Out' plus on the back of it. I currently don't have a MIDI-to-USB-C cable but can buy one.
It has USB-to-device' on the back of it. I plugged in a USB-A-to-USB-C cable (no adapter, the wire is 'A' on one end and 'C' on the other). I've tried 2 different wires that are A-to-C.
1. I installed the Yamaha USB-Midi Driver
on my macbook
2. Mac > Audio MIDI Setup.app > it didn’t seem to recognize my keyboard, nothing popped up
3. Mac > Audio MIDI Setup.app > I added a device in settings but I don’t think it’s connected
4. Garageband > Add New Track > Select 'Software Instrument / plug in a MIDI keyboard' > Don't have a screenshot right now but it doesn't seem to recognize my MIDI keyboard through the USB-A-to-C cable.
A peer told me, "According to that page you shared about your P-155, your keyboard can only play MIDI files. It's possible your keyboard doesn't work as a MIDI controller".