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  1. Marylee
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  3. Wednesday, 27 February 2019
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Hi,
I am a Newbie and also a Music educator. I know very little about the technical aspects of MIDI interfaces and need some guidance. My goal is to do some song writing with my elementary students using the web-based application, Flat.io. Each student has their own Chromebook which is also a web-based platform. It runs Chromebook OS, and is NOT Windows compatible. I want my students to connect their devices to some older keyboards that I have (5 pin MIDI connections). The Chromebooks have a USB port. What type of MIDI interface do I need to purchase? I've contacted vendors, but they seem to not be familiar with Chromebooks. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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ChromeOS is Linux; it supports all USB MIDI devices that are class compliant, i.e., that work without a separate driver in Windows or OS X. (And nowadays, all the simple USB MIDI interfaces indeed are class compliant.)

Beware of cheap interfaces like this (they do not handle running status correctly):
https://i.stack.imgur.com/yA3dT.jpg
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I found the Roland USB UM One is a really reliable interface.
Really anything that is a Class Compliant MIDI works pretty well :)
But yeah as Clemens says avoid those cheap MIDI interfaces.

Andrew
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