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Connecting Your Guitar to Your Computer With a MIDI Y-Cable


Watch the MIDI Y-Cable Connection Guide Video

This guide will take you step-by-step through the process of connecting your guitar via MIDI to your computer with a MIDI Y-cable for the purpose of transferring software to your guitar, whether an automatic update to your guitar's operating software, or an optional software feature pack.

If you own a Peavey AT-200B breakout box, you're in the wrong place. Instead, check out the AT-200B connection guide.

To connect your guitar to your computer, you will need the following:

Before starting, here are some important notes:

• You must have created your account on the Auto-Tune for Guitar web site. If you have not yet done that, go do it now.

• Your computer must be running the Windows OS. It can be either a Windows PC or a Macintosh running Windows via Bootcamp. Your browser must have Java 6.0 or later enabled.

• Note that you can use a computer other than your own to do the transfer, as the software will reside on the guitar you transfer it to. So if you don't have a computer running Windows, but you have a friend that does, simply connect your guitar to their computer, log into your account and transfer away.

• Many cheap MIDI interfaces will not work for this software transfer. You must use an interface whose manufacturer provides device-specific driver software which you must install on your computer. You can find a selection of interfaces we have tested and found to work here.

* If you don't yet have your MIDI Y-cable, you can order one from either of the following sources:

Guitar Affair Nova Drive G-System Midi Splitter Cable
Best-Tronics GMIDIY1-II
 
Ready? Here we go:

Step 1. Connect the "stem" of the MIDI “Y” cable to the 8 pin DIN connector located next to the instrument jack on your guitar. Be sure that the cable connector is properly aligned with the guitar’s 8-pin interface. While the connectors are keyed for alignment, it is possible to misalign the connection if you're not careful, which could damage the guitar. So be careful.

Step 2. Connect the end of the midi “Y” cable marked either “connect to MIDI in” or "MIDI Out" to the IN port on your USB midi interface.

Step 3. Connect the end of the midi “Y” cable marked either “connect to MIDI out” or "MIDI in" to the OUT port on your USB midi interface.

Note: If your MIDI interface has male ports, you will need to use female to female barrel connectors between the Y-cable connectors and the interface.

Another Note: Don't worry, if you connect the wrong plugs to the wrong connectors, nothing bad will happen, it just won't work. In that case, simply reverse the plugs and try again.

Step 4. Finally, plug the USB cable into the MIDI interface, and connect the other end to your computer.
 
Now that everything's connected, you should test the connection between your guitar and your computer to confirm that everything's working. That test is covered in the MIDI Y-Cable Connection Video Guide at the top of this page or in the Computer Connection Test Guide.