Yamaha UX16

USB-to-MIDI Interface
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The Most Convenient MIDI Interface You'll Find!

The Yamaha UX16 USB MIDI Interface is about the easiest way to connect your musical keyboard to your computer. If your computer has a USB jack (most computers in the last few years do), you simply connect the UX16 to your USB connector on your computer and plug the MIDI in and out cables into your keyboard. Install the "driver" software so that your computer knows about the UX16 and your keyboard becomes a powerful creative tool.

Yamaha UX16 USB MIDI Interface at a Glance:
  • Allows you to record, edit, and save your musical creations on your computer
  • Works with any MIDI keyboard or other MIDI controller
  • Supports 16 channels of record and playback
  • USB connectivity for convenience
Allows you to record, edit, and save your musical creations on your computer

Many people that purchase keyboards would love to be able to save and edit their songs in the computer, the same way that they use Word Processors. Having a graphical display, whether you choose the Piano Roll view or Notation view, makes it very easy to fix any errors you may have made playing your song. Of course, composers like the fact that they can print their masterpieces. Once you are connected to your computer, you will need some kind of music software. There are many kinds of software available for handling music, from very inexpensive to thousands of dollars.

Works with any MIDI keyboard or other MIDI controller

The Yamaha UX16 works with any keyboard or controller that has MIDI jacks on the back (5-pin din jacks). Most digital pianos now feature MIDI jacks on the back. If your keyboard does not have a disk drive, one of the only ways you can save a performance permanently is to connect your keyboard to a computer and play it into the music software. If you do have a disk drive, you could record your song to your floppy disk and then open that file in your computer. At this point, you do not have to actually connect your keyboard to your computer. The song would play back on your internal sound card in your computer (provided you have one). If you want to be able to make changes (edit) to the song and hear in real time what it will sound like on your keyboard, then you would want to have the computer and the keyboard connected together. That's where the UX16 comes in.

Supports 16 channels of record and playback

The Yamaha UX16 can handle 16 channels of simultaneous playback. This will support your music production system with one MIDI OUT port (16 channels) and one MIDI IN port (16 channels). This is the number of channels you need to create and playback General MIDI files.

USB connectivity for convenience

With a USB connection, you can connect and disconnect the USB cable while the power to the computer is on. The UX16 operates on USB bus power and does not require a power adaptor or batteries. The indicator lights show if the UX16 is connected properly to your USB jack and there are also lights to indicate when it is receiving MIDI IN & OUT. This is very handy to verify operation. You can easily expand the number of ports by using a USB hub to connect multiple UX16 units. A maximum of 32 units can be connected, but this would depend on your system.

Yamaha UX16 USB MIDI Interface Features:
  • 1-in, 1-out USB MIDI interface
  • Built-in USB and MIDI cables
  • Supports 16 channels of MIDI recording and playback
  • Includes CD with drivers and software
  • Runs on USB power - no adapter needed
The Yamaha UX16 USB MIDI interface is as easy as it gets!

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Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number UX16

Customer Reviews

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Yamaha UX16

I replaced my Mbox 2 with the cool new UA Apollo twin USB. Great box by the way. But lost the midi interface that was on the Mbox 2, so this UX16 did exactly what I needed. Downloaded drivers, plugged it in, and done. Works great.
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as simple as simple can be

One think I didn't see listed in the description is this little interface is class compliant. That means that at least OSX (and probably XP) there is no real need to install the drivers. Plug it in and away you go, it just works. In OSX, I had a successful test record in Logic up and going in 30 seconds. 1. Plug in the usb. 2. Plug in the MIDI (Out to in and in to out). 3. Launch Audio/MIDI setup. 4. Connect a device to the port. 5. Launch logic and record...
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UX16 with Yamaha PSR-275

Works great...just tricky to get it setup. I had to download the latest drivers from Yamaha's website (driver on CD with UX16 is out of date) AND connect the IN midi connector to the OUT port/OUT connector to the keyboard IN port. Now it works fine. Good luck.
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UX-16

I have got the UX-16 cable thru one of my friends who visited US. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of documentation on using this product with my Yamaha keyboard. The CD supplied with the product has only the driver for UX-16. I expected a couple of MIDI sequencers, sound board drivers and a neat documentation on how to get the notes played on the keyboard as a MIDI file in your PC. After some initial struggle (I have been working with PCs for nearly two decades and am managing software projects for livelihood for the past 12 years), I managed to get both the LEDs in the cable on. The next experiment of recording from the keyboard as a midi file in the PC proved to be futile. The latency was horrible and I felt like the whole world had suddenly chosen to go in slow motion. Nearly after a month of hectic search thru the net, I found that the sound board drivers had to be the most recent one for any decent performance. When these drivers are available free on the net and so are some of the MIDI sequencers, Sweetwater could have been really sweet to its customers by packing these in their driver disk. After all, a CD-ROM can accommodate upto 700 MB and their driver does not occupy even one tenth of this space. Regards Sesh Apr-28-2005
See also: Yamaha, Yamaha MIDI Interfaces