I've been out of music making for a while, and am just finishing off setting up my new bedroom studio. For the first time I'm setting up with a Windows 7 machine as my main DAW. Being naive I just assumed that USB MIDI would still work, since it worked fine in XP, but I'm having all kinds of problems.
I have an AKAI MPK88 keyboard, which is USB powered. It installed itself fine, and appears in the inputs in all my applications, but then doesn't actually seem to send any MIDI information to them. Occasionally if I unplug it and plug it back in it will send information for a little while, but will sometimes randomly stop. If I close an application and restart it then it is guaranteed to have lost sight of the keyboard again.
I also have a TEC USB breath controller, which also installed fine. WHen I open the editor-app for it it seems to be sending information, but then when I try using it to control Kontakt I get absolutely nothing. Again it does appear in the inputs, and I've set it to be active.
I found the support forum for my keyboard, and they mentioned the problem of Windows 7 not seeing it, but claimed it was a well-known fault in Win7, rather than the keyboard driver. But I would expect them to say that if they'd written a poor driver and couldn't figure things out.
I've seen loads of people on Youtube making music successfully with Win7, and noone ever mentioned that it had basically screwed up USB-MIDI. Am I missing something?