While my main instrument is guitar, I have recently become the proud owner of a Yamaha PSR EW400 keyboard which I hope to use at band gigs for keyboard backing (probably playing from midi files stored on a USB stick). I also own a much older (20 years plus) Yamaha DD12 Drum Pad Box with in/out midi connections. I am hoping to link the two up and I have a few questions:
1. The keyboard has a USB socket and the drum machine has old style midi sockets. I have a Midi to USB cable but the USB plug is the wrong gender. Should I be able to link it to my keyboard by connecting up the USB-to-USB cable I have for that to the drum machine’s MIDI to USB cable using a USB gender bender?
2. I am interested in using the pads on the drum machine rather than keys on the keyboard to generate occasional drum sounds but would I be correct in assuming that the drum sounds from the keyboard are likely to be superior to the ones produced from the much older drum machine itself and, by linking the two I can achieve this?
3. Finally, in a live gig scenario while I am playing guitar, it would be good if the drummer or I could tap a pad on the drum machine to initiate playback of a pre-recorded MIDI file on the keyboard’s USB stick. Is that achievable and, if so, how would I go about it please?