I have a Roland VR-09 and a Yamaha P-125 synth. I need an inexpensive (under $200) way to get MIDI information from a keyboard to the Roland via a 5 pin DIN connection WITHOUT going through a computer. The Yamaha is apparently out of the question as it lacks a DIN connector.
Here's what I want to do and I know it works, having tried it using an old Roland Juno 2 to send info to the VR-09. The Roland VR-09 emulates a Hammond B3 organ, but the real Hammond organ has an upper keyboard, a lower keyboard and a set of foot pedals. In order to provide emulation, the VR-09 accepts MIDI information on MIDI channel 2 for the foot pedals, MIDI 3 for the lower keyboard and MIDI 4 for the upper keyboard. As a set of MIDI foot pedals at ~$700 is out of the question, I wanted to use a device with at least 25 keys to emulate the pedals and occasionally the upper manual. I tried an AKAI MPK225, but apparently it needs a DAW to do what I need and I'm not sure I can use it in a "live" scenario.
So do I need a controller or a full synth to do this for under $200? Thanks....