I want to connect my P-85 to my computer for recording. Can someone tell me the best way to do this? Should I get an adapter and go from the 1/4" headphone jack to the 1/8" jack on my computer? Is the quality better if I use the UX16 USB-MIDI cable from Yamaha? Will Audacity work? Should I buy a better piece of software?
(My apologies if this has come up before. I tried to search and didn't find anything.)
There are two ways to go. (1) "MIDI". This means the kaypress data is set over USB to the computer where all the keypress and velocity data are recorded. Computer software converts this to piano (or other) sound. You can get some very high quality sound this way and the MIDI data is easy to edit for wrong notes and the like.
Or (2) recoed the audio sound from headphone jacks or lineout. Audacity works OK for this.
What else you need in theway of equipment depends on your computer and the quality of it's sound system.
If the computer is a Mac, it is prtty much plug and play, They are setup at the factory for both kinds of recording and editing. If you have a generic Windows PC then you have some work to do both hardware and software.
Also you have to ask yourself how serious you are about recording. It is just going to be one take while the tape rolls and not post production edit and mastering or are you going to combine the best parts or multiple "takes" and then work in post production ti polish the work
How you answer all these questions determines what you need.