She said the Apogee is “good enough, but I wouldn’t go with anything worse/cheaper than that”. Wondering what we need to change! The input sockets can be TRS, XLR, or Combo. Hi Tim, if you want the sound of your digital piano, you can use the USB audio recorder to record a song (wav format, stereo CD quality) and then import it in your DAW. Follow by plugging in the USB A end of the cable into your computer and power on the keyboard. Everything I have tried so far has failed. So, while you can play MIDI files with built-in virtual instruments, you can’t transmit MIDI messages to your digital piano to play your piano sound. I now have a VERY basic, maybe silly question: I have a Casio MIDI kybd, a presonus 1818, and am using an IMac with GBand for projects. $99.00 $ 99. And how can I make the recording louder in my DAW without having any clips and dirty sound? It looks like the P80 does have them along with the RCA jacks. What do you mean by a “sparking” sound? I play using VST piano instruments from MIDI through my USB2.0 piano keyboard. Note: To be sure that you are not at risk of damaging your recording device, always set your headphone volume to a minimum when connecting your devices the first time and increase the volume level slowly. This level of signal is typically put out by an electric guitar or bass. We use Studio One DAW. Though analog hardware is slowly being usurped by cheaper, digitally modeled VSTs, many professional and amateur studios still use a variety of analog compressors, reverbs, preamps, delays, etc. You usually have a volume meter with your recording device, whether a software one (with audio interfaces) or an on-screen one (with digital recorders). Please refer to your device manual for more details. That’s great! Now you can begin your recording. Your skills as a keyboardist and MIDI controller operator? The only real downside of the M2 is that it isn’t suited for heavy-duty recording applications – you wouldn’t set out to record a 5-mic drum kit with it, due to its lack of ins and outs. You can always upgrade somewhere down the line! To do this properly, you’ll need a stereo to mono summing cable with some resistors to avoid back-feeding. A dedicated recording device such as an audio interface or digital audio recorder is always a better solution than recording directly to a laptop’s Mic In. Here is one example. The preamps on this interface are Steinberg’s D-PRE – good, clean preamps for the price point. You don’t believe me, do you? DJs and electronic musicians love Ableton Live and FL Studio. Much like analog instruments, such hardware requires converters to be effectively recorded on a computer, and many sound engineers live by the concept of analog hardware providing a level of warmth and authenticity that digital-only processing fails to replicate. We’re always happy to help and to hear about your experiences with any of the recording devices we’ve mentioned or with any others you would like to recommend. If you feel that you may need more than just one instrument input (e.g. Piano accessories and music gift items, digital piano dolly, music theme party goods, and more! Let’s not forget about the M2’s fully coloured LCD screen. When I tried to test the 2 mics with the Shure interface, I had to turn up the gain on the interface so high that there was lots of background noise. Just play it and the machine will do the rest by writing it down for you. 2) Yes, it never hurts to have both files, which can be helpful if you decide to tweak certain aspects of your song (MIDI allows for a much wider range of tweaking possibilities). The information source for house of worship audio and media directors, worship musicians, and A/V techs. Three staves are needed for scoring a piano-violin duo: one for the violin and two for the piano. As for the ribbons, I still plan to compare a few at different price points- I very well might like a cheaper one better. With MIDI, you’ll be able to send MIDI data to your DAW, but you’ll need to use virtual instruments to hear your performance (it won’t be the same sound you hear on your digital piano). After intense reading of your posts, finally decided to get a Roland FP-30. The inclusion of over 150 downloadable plug-ins is a nice benefit of purchasing this interface too. Some of them are targeted for professionals; some for semi-pros and beginners. I know that typically, if there's no audio interface or any other hardware involved, the digital piano can. Step 7: If your digital piano doesn’t support a multichannel MIDI format, assign the MIDI track’s OUT as noted in step 5 regarding your keyboard’s channel. Re: Connecting audio interface to piano Jack Gately #2808177 01/29/19 10:30 AM Not that these are the highest fidelity of artists (they range from lo-fi to hi-fi), but off the top of my head Elliott Smith, Slowdive, The Radio Dept., The Antlers, Car Seat Headrest and a huge number of popular bedroom pop artists use interfaces like the iD14, Scarlett, Duet etc. I will take you through practical, applicable and digital features that exist in interfaces to help you finalize a decision on the interface that is right for your new, world-dominating home studio. Hopefully by now we’ve managed to navigate through the complicated world of audio interfaces to the point that you could confidently teach your grandmother’s grandmother about the finer details of this essential piece of hardware. In some cases, even a 3.5 stereo mini-jack socket may be present. The piano driver seems to work well as I can register MIDI notes and I … Preamps are the last line of defence between the analog recording and what the computer eventually processes. The biggest benefit of this setup is the ability to record a MIDI track, send it out to an analog synth or piano, and then back to your DAW as an audio track, thus using a specific setting of your digital piano you can’t use a VST for. You can record, playback and edit MIDI or audio; you can produce multitrack recordings and render audio. If you decide to go with an audio interface, you have a vast number of options with a wide range of prices. Nearly all audio interfaces come equipped with phantom power. It works at a slightly lower sample rate than other interfaces, offering 24-bits and 96kHz, but there is minimal noticeable difference between recordings in 128kHz and 96kHz – most home studio DAW projects are only 48kHz. Looking at the user guide, the XLR inputs are Mic-level only. Thank you so much for all the information. To choose the option that’s better for you, consider the following questions: If you are going to record at your home studio, then the best choice will be an audio interface or sound card. Would like to be able to record from an electric keyboard with a midi and then send to an acoustic piano at another location to play the recording. The CSP-170’s manual mentions audio recording only in conjuction with the Smart Pianist app. While it is no more functional than any other interface’s volume indicators, it looks really cool. Please read your manual’s specifications and follow them to find an appropriated cable, connectors, and adapters. Sounds like you can record a song on the piano and transfer it (in MIDI format) to a PC. I recommend checking out the following models that might be of interest to you depending on your needs and budget: 2 combo inputs (XLR + TRS), USB connection, very low latency and compatible with all major DAWs. After connecting midi keyboard when I start recording through Daw when I press sustain pedal a sparking sound comes up it continues till the time I release pedal. However, as I mentioned earlier, the best way to record your digital piano is in stereo, which means you’ll need to connect both line out jacks (right and left channel) to your recording device. Shares useful info and actionable insights in the form of reviews, guides, tips and tricks that will help make your musical journey a success story. For cables you will want a generic instrument cable — they’re very easy to come across cheap online as they’re used for pretty much everything in the music hardware world. Audio interfaces range from simple boxes that convert signals to monstrous entities that consume an entire desk, and the elements worth considering go well beyond physical features. Intrigued by the Scarlett 2i2 but need something bigger? Review: Another powerhouse of the audio interface market, Universal Audio’s Apollo Twin is a beautifully designed, high-quality unit suitable for anyone with a larger budget. Conversely, instrument level is important for variable dynamic instruments such as electric guitar and bass. Push a recording button (real or virtual) and perform your music. Step 9: Follow your software manual or reference guide and record your tracks. That thirty second little guitar melody you jotted down on Audacity with your gaming headset’s mic, paired with a loosely timed piano piece on might be all you want out of your music studio, in which case an audio interface probably isn’t necessary. Moreover, if you don’t like the sound of your budget instrument but a friend of yours has a better one, just bring your MIDI file to his place and ask to play it back with the sound of his instrument. Or it could be an electronic signal straight away, which is the case when you record your electronic instrument using its line outputs. When you load a VST in the DAW, now you can play it with your midi keyboard. MIDI recording is not a recording of the actual sound (audio data), rather it’s a recording of the performance data. For that, you don’t need an audio interface. The good news is that it only takes one cable to get the job done: a TRS cable. These are usually located on the back panel of a keyboard and labeled as Line Out, Aux Out, Stereo Out, etc. One of the main reasons you might wish to connect your piano to a computer is to record your performances either for self-evaluation for sharing via social media or for sending to family and friends. This means you can play a smaller variety of different parts of your arrangement with a smaller variety of instruments at the same time. Shares useful info and actionable insights in the form of reviews, guides, tips and tricks that will help make your musical journey a success story. The Triton has internal sequencer, but how do I get the recording out of the Triton onto something useable? In these days of isolation my guitarist mate and I are attempting to continue practicing online together via Zoom. Yes, you can record the audio signal along with the MIDI via USB. A simple audio recorder and editor can easily work for you. This is where audio interfaces come into the picture. Once paired with a phone, tablet, or laptop, CN Series owners can easily expand the instruments’ functionality with a wide range of education, performance, and scoring apps. This issue seems to have been largely resolved in the 3rd generation of this model. You should try to find the right balance between the output of your keyboard and the gain on your interface. A microphone, guitar, or other instrument will interpret these vibrations as audio and send this signal through its electrical wiring to a desired destination. As said above, MIDI technology is like having an orchestra at your fingertips. High-performance 16x10 USB 2.0 audio interface with 12 premium mic preamps, 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality, and … I want to record my digital Roland FP10 piano which has only headphones 3,5mm output. In this case, the instrument is an Alesis Recital digital piano, the audio interface is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, and whatever DAW you use. will make more of a noticeable difference in your recordings than small, sideways ‘upgrades’. You would need a midi interface and get the 5pin midi cable to the interface then a usb to connect the interface to the computer. Review: Focusrite are one of the biggest names in beginner audio interface’s today, with Solo being the quintessential basic interface. You need to understand your focus and what your performance requires. How will you manage to get your spectacular vocal recordings off of the mic and onto the computer? However, the real quality depends not only on the numbers, but on the quality of your hardware. What are my options? Wow what an informative article very impressed..thanks… Is instr input the same as line? This can be a convenient choice as well if you are not going to use an external sequencer, but are going to use your instrument’s built-in MIDI sequencer instead. If you have a digital out on your keyboard, you are most likely a lucky person with an expensive instrument, with a built-in AD convertor. Unsure on the best audio interface to buy? M-Audio USB Midisport Uno Midi Interface The MIDI OUT on the interface would connect to the MIDI IN on the player, and the MIDI IN on the interface would connect to the MIDI OUT on the player. We felt that we really had to create this article, reviewing all of these audio interfaces suitable for iPad, as there seems to be minimal information on the topic, in a condensed, easy to read format! Step 3: Check that in MIDI IN settings of your software your digital piano is set as an input device. This is another highly popular option for beginner studios. so take it all with a grain of salt, but it is worth taking a peek at what they have to say. Generally, there’s a button/knob on a digital piano to control its volume level, and there are Gain knobs on an audio interface to adjust the signal depending on how loud your sound source is. If both your outputs and inputs are balanced, then it makes sense to use a dual 1/4″ TRS to dual 1/4″ TRS cable for a balanced connection. How do I adjust the volumes in main piano volume, input volume in audio interface? My question concerns the best option for recording my piano sound into GarageBand (through the audio interface). connect directly to the studio monitors (speakers) via line out or headphone connection when I simply want to use the external studio monitors (speakers) instead of … How would the cabling work? Playback is hearable, but it is a bunch of notes, sounding like a series of Accompaniment Hits. Instead, MIDI contains the information of the MIDI messages that are generated by your electronic musical instrument when you are playing it. Such external audio interfaces contain ‘AD/DA’ converters, which transmits the instrument’s original analog signal to the computer’s digital signal, followed by converting the computer’s digital signal back to an analog one for speaker and headphone outputs. Alan. Really strggling with this.. However, a basic concept of recording audio is that you can capture and replay recorded sound at any time, exactly as it was at the moment of the recording. This gives you an orchestra or jazz band at your fingertips! A MIDI file with one of Bach’s Preludes will probably require 10-15 kb. Note: To play a few different sound programs simultaneously, your digital piano, synth, or VST instrument must support a multichannel MIDI format. This interface will give you 2 channels of top quality to record your instrument. For example, you can get 6 simultaneous analog inputs with Steinberg UR44 for about $300 and only 4 with an RME Babyface for around $1,000. Generally speaking, the higher the bit depth and sample rate, the higher the quality of music. Anyone who is remotely serious about music – be it recording, listening or just jamming; beginner or pro; tight-budgeted or ready to buy a mansion – should strongly consider the wealth of pros that come alongside acquiring an audio interface. But don’t let my opinion sway you too much – let me tell you why first. If you work with a Mac then you have GarageBand included with your macOS bundle. However, in nearly every other situation you would benefit from the addition of an interface to your equipment. Assign this track’s OUT as the chosen MIDI channel on your piano. If your recording device has a single stereo input (1/8″ jack), you’ll need a 1/8″ TRS to dual 1/4″ TS  splitter (or a 1/4″ TRS to dual 1/4″ TS if your recording device has a stereo 1/4″ input). Thank you for putting this together!! Significantly, you can record the actual sample sound of your digital piano (rather than the data of the notes being played) by plugging in your instrument via the line-in. Some of the pocket digital recorders can give you less because they are designed as Dictaphones for journalists. Modern digital keyboards come with built-in tools and features that allow keyboard players to make beautiful music; but a lesser-known fact is that these instruments can easily be connected to a PC, which means that keyboard players can also harness the power of the computer to experiment with musical compositions, music recording software, and lots more. your audio interface has only one input, so a Y-splitter is not an option), you’ll need a dedicated adapter that utilizes resistors to prevent back-feeding outputs to each other. It looks like your Korg has a bunch of those. We’ll also show you the simplest ways to record your music. Yes, you can definitely try the headphone jack. Can I record MIDI and Audio in one go (at the same time) into a DAW (since you wrote that many Yamaha keyboards support USB MIDI and USB Audio)? The good news is that it only takes one cable to get the job done: a TRS cable. XLR Connectors (right – male; left – female). That's the situation I have. Yeah, I don’t see why this would be a problem. If your budget allows it, you may be interested in this interface. For its price, the Solo has decent converters and preamps, however softer-signal microphones (such as the Shure SM7B) may struggle with getting a strong signal. 00 $129.99 $129.99. If your budget allows it, you may be interested in the Focusrite Clarett 2Pre. It’s easy to get excited about a great deal on Craigslist for a behemoth of an interface only to look down at your desk, see all the half-full cups of coffee and skittles packets strewn everywhere and realize you have no conceivable way of getting this interface into a convenient location. I just want to record some of my piano music (with some cello tracks) and get it onto my website. May I ask your advice about recording my Yamaha P80 keyboard using a Sony PCM D1 recorder? You can transfer it to your computer and then back to the instrument for later playback. For example, a number of audio interfaces don’t contain MIDI inputs, meaning you would need a dedicated MIDI to USB cable or controller for your digital piano. Can’t play a fast passage? It helped me pick out the Scarlett 2i2 and then I came back to re-read the audio lesson. Or what is the best way to record both my piano and vocals onto a laptopt? Based on this information it may seem like a redundant piece of hardware. Now when you go to the MIDI settings, you enable your keyboard to give commands in the DAW. For only about 100 dollars more than the entry-level interfaces, Focurstie’s Scarlett 4i4 is great value for the amount of compatibility and functionality it provides. Shoddy, quiet or over-textured preamps can result in an untrue representation of an artist’s instrumentation – due to changes in sonic character, high levels of untamed noise or even harsh clicks and pops. To work on your PC or Mac, an audio interface installs a driver which allows it to interact with the computer and vice versa. If you want the full stereo piano sound (which is the way it was originally recorded), you’ll need an audio interface with two line inputs. I feel like the difference you will notice between an average and superior mic will be substantial, whereas the difference between interfaces will be less so. Most audio interfaces come with TRS mono inputs, which can take either balanced mono signals (TRS) or unbalanced mono signals (TS). This unit also allows for live processing of the included plug-ins with analog instruments and vocals, making it a perfect interface for recording and performance. They are responsible for boosting the initially quiet signal to one that is functionally appropriate for recording, mixing and digital use. Hi Lucas Most consumer-grade digital pianos will have unbalanced outputs (line and headphone outs). However, recording your playing in such a way can be helpful when practicing. This depends on whether the USB type is 2.0, 3.0, or C. You can read more on this matter here . There are so many options and so many things to consider – but there really aren’t that many ways to go wrong. At the same time, with a recorder you can just push the button and record, while with an interface you need a computer and software to do this. Also, not sure if you know this, but the USB port on the P-125 is capable of transferring audio along with MIDI, so you can record the native CD-quality sound of your P-125 without using an audio interface or actually any other equipment aside from a USB cable. I hit the piano pedal, and it generates an “E” note, played very sharply. While modern devices should have decent over-current protection in the output circuits, it is safer to never output stereo signal to mono without a proper adapter. In addition, keyboards sequencers often have less channels (tracks recorded on top of each other) than computer-based sequencers, sometimes only one or two. Wow! What am I missing here? Just follow your instrument’s manual and record your MIDI track(s). One channel with a few inputs – such as a microphone, instrument, and line, for instance – is designed because different signals have different voltage levels and request differing input impedance. I adore this unit. Refer to your devices’ manuals to check what connectors and cables will work for your setup. In case you lack the audio interface required for this task, you can connect the cable to the keyboard’s microphone port with the help of an adapter (3.5mm). Hope this helps Rachel, and keep me updated on your journey! Having shoddy drivers is a nightmare for any new audio interface owner, so you can rest easy if you decide to purchase this unit. But what you need to be sure about is that you are able to get your audio tracks with at least 44.1 kHz sample rate and 16-bit of depth. In the best-case scenario, you’ll get a noisy signal with pops and clicks. audio interface, digital recorder) will always deliver a much better quality than your computer’s built-in audio chip. Since this mic is at the upper limit of my budget, I was hoping to get a “budget” interface- I was actually considering one of the Focusrite Scarletts or the Audient iD14 (which I see you prefer). Please read the part of this article that explains MIDI, audio, and the difference between them. Help please. You can always upgrade if you find the lower-tier interfaces to be holding back the potential of your microphones, but things like proper mic positioning, acoustically treating your studio room etc. The most popular brands among musicians are probably Zoom, Tascam, Roland, Sony, and Sound Device. Preamp quality is the other big determining factor in price and superiority of the audio interface journey you are embarking on. But choosing one doesn’t have to be an arduous task – if you keep in mind what we’ve discussed throughout this article and know the features you’re looking for; it can be a fun and exciting process. At the same time, if you are just starting and would like to buy “everything in a box” with an easy set-up, this might be an excellent option for a reasonable price. Once you own a digital piano (or keyboard) and a computer, you are well on your way to recording your music. STUDIO-CAPTURE USB 2.0 Audio Interface. One more great feature of the MIDI format is that it is easy and convenient to edit after an initial recording. For a quality digital piano recording, you need at least two channels to make a stereo recording. – then you’ll need to be able to record with at least 44.1kHz and 16 bit of sample rate/bit depth. But for now, the MOTU M2 reigns as king. Great, so we now know the significance of audio interfaces in allowing DAWs to process analog sounds and provide higher overall audio quality than on-board sound cards. Thanks, this was really helpful! The digital audio travels back to the audio interface; The audio interface converts the digital audio back into analog and sends it out to the headphones. Note: You always need to pay attention to the corresponding MIDI channels of your keyboard and DAW, otherwise you may hear a wrong sound program or just silence. Again, think of sheet music. You can output your MIDI track to one of your digital piano’s channels or to any virtual instrument (VST plugin or stand-alone). So let's look at a scarlet interface: Scarlett 2i2 (User Guide - 2nd Gen) - (Record one at a time) This is a simple Audio interface. So yeah I think your best bet is absolutely to do as much testing as possible. Record his part as a MIDI track, run it at the gig with a VST bass, and play your solo. There also exists straight Midi to USB cables out there. Selection depends on your targets and goals. I’ve never used this product, and probably never will. Usually, you can use an adapter for connecting different types of digital sockets. In your case, the CLP-465GP has a built-in audio recorder, which makes a quality audio recording a simple task. This card allows you to process your tracks with amazing, quality plugins: EQ, Compressors, Reverbs, Delays, and much more – so everything you need to complete a professionally sounding track! – How many channels am I going to record? If I had to choose, I’d go with the RME, but in reality I’d probably just end up getting both. Another reason could be that you are being commissioned to make a soundtrack for a video, a game, or website, or you are going to sell your music to a royalty-free library. Your approach hinges on your answers. Do you want to record the sound of your RD700NX or MIDI is all you need? However, you can find combined devices that work either, as a stand along recorder or as an interface. Another important aspect to mention is the difference between balanced and unbalanced connections. You can buy it very cheaply and it will do the job. Step 2: Connect your instrument to your computer or smart device. Just to double-check, you’re connecting them to your recorder’s line in jack and the switch on the right side of the recorder is set to Line In, correct? Also, you can connect it to your computer through USB-A or USB-C (cables included). If you want to include guitars, microphones, digital pianos, VSTs and nearly every other imaginable element of a song – do yourself a favor and get an audio interface. In some instances, those with no intentions of ever recording can find a use for an audio interface as a method of improving the sound quality of their speakers when casually listening to music. STUDIO-CAPTURE USB 2.0 Audio Interface. I added the instrument to Studio One external devices. You can use either a USB audio adapter, which connects to the USB port of your computer/smart device, or a TRRS Y splitter cable, which connects directly to your dual headphone/mic jack. While MIDI to USB is a very popular and cheap solution for aspiring home musicians, such a connection has a couple of limitations compared to using an interface’s midi port. Interestingly, the included TotalMix FX software allows all sorts of abstract uses, including being able to record various computer-based media sources, which is another benefit of the Babyface. I have a problem with my midi files recording. Best wishes, Sam. However, your built-in sequencer can be less convenient than a similar one on a computer or a smart device. Is there any big advantage – we are total home enthusiasts and don’t plan to tweak the audio track from the piano at all, just want to be able to record it all without latency! At worst, you’ll burn your stereo output. You’re more likely to get a studio-quality clarity from 5000 dollar interfaces and mics, but they’re not really necessary anymore to make clear, good recordings that can become popular and suit a purpose. However, we would like to point a few general things that will help you understand the basics of digital recording: The peak levels of your recording should never exceed the 0 dBFS point, which is the maximum possible digital level (loudness). To carry a balanced audio signal you need all the elements to be balanced: output, input, and cable. Hi! XLR Connectors (right – male; left – female). Adding this piece of hardware to your band’s arsenal gives great flexibility and potential for experimentation during live performances. I will be more than happy to help at any point along the way. How will your acoustic piano be able to play the recording? If you use your MIDI keyboard or your digital piano as a MIDI controller, all they do is send MIDI information to your DAW, so whatever noise you’re hearing on your recording is something that your DAW/virtual instrument generates most likely. Hi :I wanted to record the Auto accompaniment and melody track of hymns in MIDI format from my Yamaha PSR 630 using a Komplete Kontact 6 Midi to USB interface and Cakewalk 9 Software. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll explain a few simple ways to approach the recording process. The advantage of GarageBand is that it also accepts MIDI input and has a library of virtual instruments and sounds, so you can record, play and edit MIDI tracks too. Below I will discuss the 3 most significant ports available on an audio interface. If that’s the case, … Then your speakers convert these electronic signals to mechanical sound waves and voilá – you can hear your recording! Think carefully about this when you choose your recording device. Which one you need and for what purpose? At the same time, if you are going to record your live performances at gigs or rehearsals away from your own place and you need something simple but mobile, then the best option might be a compact digital recorder. Can anybody help me on that. What is the best way to ad “cello” tracks? When you connect a balanced output to an unbalanced input or through an unbalanced cable, you lose noise protection and the audio signal becomes unbalanced. This is a topic that is somehow both sparsely informed yet hotly debated. It is worth considering what expansions you plan on making to your studio in the future to avoid having to upgrade your interface soon after purchasing it. When you’re recording more than just ideas, Features Worth Considering When Looking at Audio Interfaces, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DKiCCgtwPk, https://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/1042421-how-important-crucial-converters-budget-setup.html. The P-45 doesn’t have dedicated line outs, you’d have to use its headphone jack instead. If you want to record your piano in mono, you can connect only one channel (L/Mono) to your interface. Following our easy MIDI Connectivity Guide. But frankly, in my experience, XLR to USB cables suck. Roland tell me now (!) An audio interface is a form of hardware used in audio recording and production. However, when it comes to recording high fidelity audio in a home studio, an interface is essential. To record with an external sequencer, you need to: Step 1: Equip yourself with a suitable software. I personally can’t even notice much of a difference between the two, and in the comments you can see 2 people like the Duet and 1 person liked the Audient. MJor head ache, and takes up so much technical time. How To Connect Alesis Recital Digital Piano to Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface July 1, 2020 #Music. You will find the perfect product for you in our guide here. For more information on how to record the sound of your digital piano, please refer to this article. While many of the other interfaces come with great software, the VSTs you get alongside the Apollo Twin are unbeatable in terms of versatility. You could also try using a regular Y splitter cable and connect only one channel to your MacBook, but since the source is stereo, you’ll only be hearing one channel (either left or right), which means the bass notes will sound too weak if you use the right channel and the high notes will sound weak if you use the left channel. It is very suitable for those who are still in love with classical and jazz music and think that a digital piano must be able to sound like an acoustic grand. But since you say that you experience the problem with two separate instruments, it’s quite unlikely and the problem is probably with your DAW/VST (try resetting the settings or contact Abelton support for assistance). I am looking for something my teenage daughter can play, record, layer tracks with different beats, rhythms ect and her voice and be able to essentially create her own music that she can add to her uke or just with her vocals. Having 8 on-board microphone/line inputs is perfect for live band tracking, and this interface is a staple in professional recording studios. A lot of microphones require phantom power to generate a signal, which an XLR cable is capable of providing so long as the hardware its plugged into supports it. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Universal Audio Apollo x4. I am getting a buzz noise though from this input. While Sound Device and some models of Sony are pretty expensive and targeted to professional, top-quality recording, Tascam and Zoom can be much more affordable. You have a lot of decent options, even under $100-200. So, you’ve just bought your first microphone. However, if your piano doesn’t support multichannel MIDI format, you won’t get more than one sound program at a time (but you can still use it to play sounds from other sources, like VST instruments). There are so many variables involved such as Zoom audio settings, broadband variations, and mic quality. Composers often prefer Cubase or Logic Pro X (this DAW is available only for Mac users). Hi Lucas, this information is awesome. This is simply due to the nature of internet ‘ping’ meaning there will generally be at least 20-30miliseconds before sound travels to your speakers and vice versa via the internet. They offer you the whole range of recording and editing features. Another pitfall is that “play it exactly as it written” can be misleading: your MIDI track might sound very different from computer to computer, or from one digital piano to another. The number of inputs and outputs (channels) an audio interface has is a significant determiner of how expensive the hardware is. Complete solution The M-Audio ProKeys Sono 61 digital piano was designed to be the end-to-end solution for music production. So nowadays you don’t need to be adept at writing sheet music to score your tune. I bought a stereo 3,5mm jack to 2×6,35mm mono jacks and I was wondering if I can connect it that way? Choosing the number of inputs and outputs on your audio interface can be a little confusing, and many home studio users record by themselves, meaning they there’s no necessity to reach deep into their pockets for extra I/O. No doubt there’s a big jump in preamp and AD/DA converter quality, as well as the functionality to perform literally any task that a paid sound engineer might require. Support Support Home Updates & Drivers Owner’s Manuals Support Documents Knowledge Base Support by Product. The biggest caveat of this interface has been driver compatibility on Windows with some users complaining of higher latency on occasion. Finally listen to the results … using headphones or studio monitors. Besides, some of the controllers and codes may be used differently by different instruments. Though many may not care about this element, there’s no denying this interface simply looks good – it has a clean design, is relatively small and has a sleek red coat encompassing its body. One of the advantages of digital pianos is that you don’t need to set up a complicated configuration of microphones to capture sound. Once again though, it really comes down to personal preference. The near endless spectrum of available VSTs, the ability to program supporting instrumentation, the possibilities of combining analog and digital effects adds up to a whole new world of sound bands can introduce to their sets. But she also didn’t like the idea of me getting an AEA ribbon mic, and she said 1. she doesn’t recommend ribbon mics for violin, and 2. if I’m going to spend that much I should get a Royer 121 instead! If you’re eager to join the Universal Audio UAD ecosystem but haven’t known where to start, the Universal Audio Apollo x4 is the perfect point of entry. The inputs and outputs that your computer can accommodate will be widely expanded with the use of an audio interface. Please refer to your recorder or DAW manual for information on how to assign the input channels of your recording device to the tracks on which you are going to record. Thank you. So, think of your goals and budget and choose, based on this. Do I understand correctly that some time ago the piano sounded just fine, and in the last few weeks the sound has changed and is not as it used to be? But you don't use the audio interface at all because MIDI is data not audio. In this article you have said that this interface has mic/line inputs, but all I can see on mine are those combo mic/instr inputs? If you are a musician and are going to make recordings, a good starting point is to understand the difference between audio and MIDI formats. I did check the “RECORDING DIRECTLY WITH YOUR BUILT-IN SOUND CARD” and it resolved most my queries. And of course, MIDI is a convenient way to save your performance for an audio recording. I assume that using CSP’s line out to an external audio interface cannot reach higher quality audio transmission into a DAW than what USB to Host can achieve. The functionality and operation of the FP-90 and your computer-based application(s) will be the same no matter which type of connection you are using - the only difference is how the MIDI signals are routed. The onboard 2-in, 2-out audio interface lets you listen to everything‚Äîbuilt-in sounds, software instruments and recorded tracks‚Äîright from the ProKeys Sono 61 audio outs or headphone jacks. Every computer comes with a sound card – that is how music, YouTube videos and Netflix audio is transmitted from the digital realm onto your headphones or speakers. Hello. When you load a VST in the DAW, now you can play it with your midi keyboard. It rivals the performance of UA’s larger interfaces but eschews extraneous features, like 5.1 surround monitoring and +24dBu operation, for a streamlined, desktop design that will feel right at home in your studio. On my Android phone I have Audio Evolution Mobile. Your approach hinges on your answers. Is my equipment outdated? Pete///. It is terrific! Because of this I also tried using a mini-jack cable from the connecting the headphones output(input?) connected to the mic input rather than directly to an instrument input. You can downsize to 16 bits at the final processing stage if needed. In the meantime, I’d be happy to give you a few recommendations. If you are a classical or a jazz musician, who is looking to produce not only your audio tracks but also your sheet music – Sibelius is choice number one for you. Some pro-grade digital keyboards will have balanced XLR jacks, which can be used as an alternative to line out TS/TRS jacks. The process of deciding when to purchase an audio interface can be a daunting task. It nearly always depends on the requirements of the consumer. A simple mono-to-stereo cable or adapter is not recommended for this procedure. I could not get the machines to talk intelligently to each other; there was a bunch of 16 notes per note positions on the staff view on all sixteen tracks. Via the RD-2000’s USB audio/MIDI interface, it’s easy to integrate software instruments with a studio DAW or a laptop running your favorite host software on stage. This port is used for transmitting audio signals between devices. MIDI is also a format for all the music notation software. You will have 4 line/mic inputs, really low latency for recording, and top-quality sound. MIDI ports? Sometimes even your mobile phone can be used as a recorder. Amazon.com: Lightening to MIDI Instrument Type B Cable, USB 2.0 Converter Keyboard Organ Drum Audio Interface, Interconnection for Digital Piano Casio Hammer Yamaha, Compatible with iOS 10.3 above System: Industrial & Scientific Regarding your recommendation for audio tracks of at least 44.1 kHz sampling rate and 16bit depth: The technical specifications and the manual of the CSP do not mention anything specific about the integrated audio interface. your computer’s sound card) that decodes your audio files – digits with encoded audio information – back into electronic signals. You can always convert WAV to MP3, which is a lossy format that takes up less memory (more web-friendly for that reason) but it does lack some of the details of the original uncompressed file (may not be noticeable, depends on the song). For example, you can download Audacity – it’s a free software. All sounds are fundamentally vibrations in the air. Traditionally you would use an XLR male to female connector for any given microphone. The price comes with a number of functions, channels, microphones, and, what is very important with mobile recording, a durable body and sockets. C’est la vie. Not only is there an improvement in AD/DA connecters, the preamp quality, number of inputs and outputs and overall functionality is worth the relatively small jump in price. In the following sections, we’ll cover a ton of cool and important things about audio interfaces and explain technical concepts and terms that you may be unfamiliar with. Piano accessories and music gift items, digital piano dolly, music theme party goods, and more! What kind of cable do I need to connect the keyboard to the interface? The onboard 2-in, 2-out audio interface lets you listen to everything”built-in sounds, software instruments and recorded tracks”right from the ProKeys Sono 88 audio outs or headphone jacks. Note: If you are looking for a realistic piano sound, pan your tracks so that you have your lower staff (left hand notes) panned left and your higher staff (right hand notes) panned right. And if you’re recording for a film soundtrack or iTunes sales, you definitely need professional quality audio recording, though for keeping track of your rehearsing progress or mocking up your future compositions, lower audio standards are acceptable. audio signal”. We are recording for our virtual church services and during the last few weeks the sound of the Yamaha Clavinova has sounded very tinny or “carnival style” with the hymn accompaniments. In the end, the best audio interface for you will at least partly come down to price, so you’ll be pleased to know that our list of recommendations below covers a broad range. The amount of choice is confusing and it’s difficult to see online whether jack inputs are instrument or line. I'm considering buying a decent USB audio interface for playing and recording. Hailing from the depths of the world — aka Australia — Ben Knight is a passionate pianist, cellist, songwriter and engineer. For example, a good quality transformer for a channel’s amplifier could cost well over $100, and this is only a transformer for one channel! This article is amazing. Important in the long run, but when you’re on a budget I think you should go with the most impactful change. Well done! With the 4-channel option you’ll find that Zoom has a more durable body and a slightly higher price than the Tascam. Thanks again for the helpful article! Many thanks in advance This is useful it you already have a MIDI or Audio/MIDI interface connected to your system, or if there is not a USB driver available for your computer. So, if you want to use your computer or smart device to record your piano keyboard, you’ll need an adapter that will split the signal and give you a separate headphone out and mic in socket. My Roland RD700NX keyboard is USB connected to the iMac. Active instruments should be plugged into a D.I. For streaming, everyday listening and online voice communication, your computer’s native sound card should be more than sufficient. All these four programs also have the feature of working with video, and if you are establishing your career in film or the game industry, it could be the right choice for you. Hi Rafael! It comes with 2 inputs and outputs like the Behringer U-Phoria. Condenser, tube and dynamic mics all utilize an XLR male to female input with the exception of USB microphones. Been wrestling with this issue for years and finally just accepted that it cn’t be done. Though opinions on which hardware is superior vary from person to person, their functionality, price-point, and preamp quality is all very similar. However, if you want to play and output the data in real time, you’ll either need to use the MIDI ports or Aux Out jacks of your piano. If you need a bit more I/O, take a look at the third-generation version of Focsurite’s Scarlett 4i4, a USB-C audio interface that gives you double the number of inputs and outputs and sounds great.. Also consider the SSL 2+, a new 2-in/4-out audio interface for 2020 that gives you at least a flavour of that magic 'SSL sound' at a remarkably low price. and wish to record my performance directly in my Macbook through a cable in order to avoid the noise. Now when you go to the MIDI settings, you enable your keyboard to give commands in the DAW. Tracktion isn’t the most popular DAW yet is perfectly useable for any number of compositional situations. This is because they are designed for solo artists like singers and guitar players who commonly need only one recording channel. Hi Lucas, And another thing my Yamaha P-125 does not have midi output, but i use usb to host cable (usb 2.0 type A to type B). However, to record these digital audio files, you need to digitize an analog audio signal. While playing some notes on the keyboard, slowly bring up the home stereo volume to around 10 to 25 percent. I now managed to record both MIDI and Audio at the same time in Audio Evolution Mobile. Note that since your digital piano jack is 1/4″ and your MacBook will likely a 1/8″ jack, you may need an additional adapter or two to match the size of the jack of the splitter cable. It’s just that good. Hi Lucas, Many thanks for this article. But even then, it’s not an ideal setup since you’ll be sending a headphone out signal (a much stronger signal) to a mic level input, which may overload the port and cause unwanted clicks, pops, and quality degradation. However, you might consider recording together with other musicians, so you probably should have more than two channels. In other words, to record your performance’s track in your chosen DAW, you need to do an analog-digital (AD) conversion and you need a converter for this – a computer audio interface (aka sound card) or a dedicated digital recorder. If for some reason you are going to output your headphone stereo out to mono in (e.g. A good question to ask yourself is “what’s your target?” The answer could simply be that you wish to keep your music recorded. Full round-up The best audio interfaces to buy today Review: I’m going to preface the summary of Audient’s iD14 by coming clean. However, if you wish to record a completed piece of music and be sure it always sounds exactly as you played or composed it, then you need an audio recording. Here are the cables you’ll need to connect your digital piano with dedicated line outputs (R and L jacks) to your recording device. The interface also has halo indicators – circles around the gain knobs which indicate the current input signal level. While the audio quality of Scarlett’s preamps is more than serviceable, they are known for having a lower gain signal than other entry-level interfaces. Thanks very much Ben, that’s a great help, especially the bit about the hi-z switch,, I had not heard about that. Another obvious factor that will be touched upon more later, it is always a worthy internal debate of: “should I fork out that extra hundred dollars to get an interface that so-and-so from PianoDreamers.com suggested?”. Everyone has different tastes and expectations with their recordings, and the opinions of strangers shouldn’t influence the most reliable method of evaluation you have – your ears. When you do that, you have effectively connected your midi keyboard to your audio interface. Since you already have an audio interface, that should be pretty easy to get a good quality audio recording with a bunch of TS to TS cables. If you wish to play your track with some virtual pianos, refer to our VST Piano Plugins Guide to find more information on the most popular piano plugins. So you have an Alesis Recital Digital Piano and a pretty red Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and want to […] It has a great sample library built-in and will play your compositions either with its own or with your keyboard’s sounds. Lucas – Set your home stereo to AUX and then power it on. I have recently purchased a Yamaha P45. If you need to record a mono track of your piano, the best way to do so is to use one of its line mono outs specially designed for this purpose. Still cannot get the patch sound I’m using on the keybd. Thanks for any assistance. The reality is that there’s no one hard-and-fast rule about when to pick up an audio interface. A balanced (stereo) cable can carry a balanced mono signal [, Balanced audio signal is less susceptible to noise problems (reversed polarity theoretically cancels all the noise), especially when transmitting audio signals, To carry a balanced audio signal you need. I now have a Yamaha CSP-170. I am just so lost in whats good whats not and I don’t want to spend a fortune for something that doesn’t fit her needs ?. A MIDI keyboard uses the Musical Instrument Digital Interface protocol to send signals to a synthesizer or other sound-generating device. These are very powerful audio editing suites. It means that during playback, essential MIDI information can be missed or misunderstood by an instrument and your piece of music will sound quite different. But you say you keyboard also has like outputs, so you will need to use those if you want to record the native patches of your Casio keyboard. Hello! have at least two channels for recording, but some audio interfaces – like the PerSonus AudioBox iOne – have only one. You can control soft synths with zones along with internal sounds, and route their audio through the RD-2000 to create a powerful hybrid rig. For a cheap interface to get you started on your long and fruitful musical journey, be it for recording, jamming or anything your heart may desire, any one of these devices will set you on the right track. It’s like putting a list of sheet music on a puppeteer in front of a piano player. If you need a little more volume, go back to your keyboard and raise its output slightly. It has better-quality AD convertors, MIDI IN/OUT functionality, really good microphone preamps, and 8 additional digital inputs through ADAT. Also, I’m not sure what ‘pin type’ inputs you’re referring to? The quality of microphone inputs will be lower than with the Scarlet, though. Not only will the audio interface boast superior sound quality – for both recording and playback – they often come with a number of inputs suitable for microphones, guitars and MIDI. Generally, going above that won’t bring you any noticeable improvements in audio quality as far as consumer audio is concerned. Some analog instruments have in-line audio interfaces which allows for plug-and-play functionality (such as USB microphones), however most require an external audio interface to be effective. Danny’s method will definitely work, but the mic in a laptop is far from stellar. Many thanks for your reply. Have you checked out the “RECORDING DIRECTLY WITH YOUR BUILT-IN SOUND CARD” section of the article? The Babyface Pro FS’s onboard metering is … Who will dare attempt to claim its throne? This is a very helpful article! However, me, much of this site’s demographic as well as this article are more aimed at bedroom studios and those that do it for fun or as a side-gig on a budget. For example, you may wish to use a thicker sound for the coda of your piece, with a pad or strings layered under your favorite piano tone. Moreover, the MOTU M4 exists, so if you feel that two inputs isn’t enough, the M4 with its four inputs will have you covered. A good question to ask yourself is “what’s your target?” The answer could simply be that you wish to keep your music recorded. When you simply attach two signals (left and right) together, you are driving both output circuits to back-feeding and dropping impedance, thus forcing them to a current limit and potentially destroying them. Let’s have a short look at each option. Thanks to significant progress in sound technology, you don’t need a tape machine and thousands of meters of magnetic tape anymore. The reason is that only 44.1 and higher sample rates give you the entire human hearing’s frequency range, which is from 20Hz to 20kHz. For audio recording, you’ll need some kind of audio output (usually marked as audio out, aux out, or line out). Tried a trial version of N-Track Studio V.9 but was all greek to me, couldn’t grasp it. Thanks in advance for your reply 🙂. I have a Yamaha digital piano (Clavinova CLP-465GP) that has a built-in sequencer and plenty of ports (Aux In/Out, MIDI In/Out, USB to Host and standard USB). If you want to output the actual sound program in your digital piano, you’ll need to output the audio using the Aux Out jacks. Poor drivers can result in all sorts of fury-inducing problems, such as lagging inputs, clicks and pops that can’t be removed, playback skipping, random bursts of harsh noise and unsolicited DAW shutdowns. That way you can have both MIDI and Audio version of your performance (rendered using one of the built-in tones). Preamps are an essential piece of hardware and the quality of an interface’s preamps often correlates to a steep incline in price. For an audio recording, you don’t need those. Thx. However, I’m still surprised the line outs didn’t work. Main Features: 2 Combo (Microphone XLR/Line TRS) inputs, 2 analog outputs (1/4″ TRS), 1 direct Line input (D.I), headphone out, USB connectivity, Power expansion compatibility, ADAT/S/SDPIF compatibility for additional 8 inputs. "Digital Piano Controller" app with an attractive interface optimized for iOS touch screens adds a whole new level of functionality to your Yamaha instrument. Should we just try to get one with it all included? Do you have any ideas about the combo of a ~$1000 active ribbon mic with a ~$300 interface (Audient) vs. a ~$500 active ribbon mic with a ~$650 interface (Apogee) for recording violin at home? Just want to record from my Korg Triton ( 2005) to SOMETHING ………that will be transferable to my iPad Pro or whatever. Is it a good idea to have both MIDI and Audio files for a song? HDE USB in-Out Midi Interface Cable Digital Piano Keyboard to PC Laptop Converter Adapter MIDI Cable for Home Music Studio - 5 ft 4.8 out of 5 stars 32 $19.99 $ 19 . Many of these ports in audio interfaces come as ‘combo jacks’, meaning they support both XLR input as well as line inputs. Thanks for this article. In conjunction with USB to Host connection to a computer the manual mentions only transfer of MIDI. Note: Please read your device manual carefully. This audio interface boasts one of the most fully flexible built-in digital mixers out there with 288 channels, 46-bit internal resolution, and latency-free processing, including a 3-band EQ, low-cut filter, reverb, and echo. And more after an initial recording tip, 1 ring ) cable to carry a stereo of. 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