Can You Use a MIDI Keyboard with Adobe Audition?

MIDI keyboards are popular tools for musicians and sound designers, but they can also be used with audio editing software like Adobe Audition. While Audition doesn’t have native MIDI support, you can use a workaround to connect your MIDI keyboard and record MIDI data.

Connecting Your MIDI Keyboard to Audition

To connect your MIDI keyboard to Audition, you’ll need a MIDI cable. One end of the cable plugs into the MIDI Out port on your keyboard, and the other end plugs into the MIDI In port on your computer.

Setting Up Audition for MIDI Input

Once your MIDI keyboard is connected, you’ll need to set up Audition to recognize it as an input device. To do this, go to Preferences > Audio Hardware > Input and select your MIDI keyboard from the list of available devices.

Recording MIDI Data

To record MIDI data in Audition, you’ll need to create a new MIDI track. To do this, go to Tracks > New > MIDI Track or right-click in the track list and select New > MIDI Track.

Arranging MIDI Notes

Once the MIDI track is created, you can start to arrange MIDI notes. To do this, click and drag the notes into the timeline. You can also use the keyboard shortcut V to view the piano roll editor, and use the mouse or keyboard to add and edit notes.

Adding Effects to MIDI Notes

You can also add effects to MIDI notes. To do this, right-click on a note in the piano roll editor and select Add Effects. You can then choose from a variety of effects, such as chorus, echo, and reverb.

Importing MIDI Files

In addition to recording MIDI data, you can also import MIDI files into Audition. To do this, go to File > Import > MIDI and select the MIDI file you want to import.

Using MIDI Keyboards in Audition

MIDI keyboards can be used for a variety of purposes in Audition, including:

  • Recording MIDI performances
  • Triggering virtual instruments
  • Adding MIDI effects
  • Creating MIDI automation


While Adobe Audition doesn’t have native MIDI support, it’s still possible to connect MIDI keyboards and use them with the software. This can be a great way to expand the creative possibilities of Audition and bring your music to life.

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