posted on Jul, 6 2013 @ 07:14 PM
I have been writing music recording midi and audio for many years. For audio the best free program is audacity mentioned by another user. For Midi
recording I recommend Anvil Studio located at anvil studio dot com.
For Notation I use Finale which is pricey but they used to have a free notation program called Finale Notepad
..not sure if they still do. They also have tremendous learning tools for Keyboard etc.
Notation in real time. Play the keyboard and the notes show up on the computer for playback. Also edit the notes if you wish. Don't know if notepad
allows you to save, but it is very nice.
I just realized you may not know the difference between the audio, and midi formats?
Midi is strictly digital computer music. Audio files are like wave files, MP3 files etc.
What you probably need is a Midi Sequencer. Anvil should do that. Audacity will not ..it is strictly audio recording.
Your usb should be plug and play and most likely the drivers will load into Anvil or any free midi recorder.
edit on 6-7-2013 by DavidsHope because: typo
edit on 6-7-2013 by DavidsHope because: additional