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#1380261 - 02/22/10 10:58 AM Recording to a computer file from my CP300.
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I was wondering if someone can get me started with how to record from my CP300 directly into a file on my computer ?

Like ... Step 1: Step 2: etc ...

Computer hookups is not my long suit but I would like to do this.

I know I have a USB port on my CP300 so I am guessing that I hook up to my computer through that USB port. After that I do not know how I get things into a file.


Edited by dmd (02/22/10 11:11 AM)
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#1380293 - 02/22/10 11:50 AM Re: Recording to a computer file from my CP300. [Re: dmd]
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Do you have a MIDI out port on your PC?

If not, you may want to invest in a good USB Audio & MIDI interface, such as the Edirol UA-25EX.
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#1380295 - 02/22/10 11:54 AM Re: Recording to a computer file from my CP300. [Re: dmd]
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Originally Posted By: dmd
I was wondering if someone can get me started with how to record from my CP300 directly into a file on my computer ?



There are two ways to go (1) record the audio from the DP this way you record the sound that is generated by the CP300 to the computer to do this you'd connect the piano's Line Out to your computers's audio interface's Line In using a pair of audio cables. Or (2) Record MIDI. This uses USB. In this method the key press and key velocity data is send to the computer and software in the computer generates the sound.

Exactly how to do it depends on the computer. If you have a Mac it is pretty much plug and play as they come already setup for both styles of recrding. If you have a generic Windows PC then you will need some sofwate and likey a little interface box and an audio device driver and a bit of work to configure it.

So before anyone can give you a step-by=step you might want to tell is (1) Your goals for audio quality, What kind of computer you have, what operating system. If yu have a budget and which style of recording you want to do midi or audio. and also how much work and study you are willing to do.

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#1380362 - 02/22/10 01:25 PM Re: Recording to a computer file from my CP300. [Re: dmd]
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Originally Posted By: dmd
I was wondering if someone can get me started with how to record from my CP300 directly into a file on my computer ?
Do you want to record the piano's MIDI data? Or do you want to record the piano's audio output?

For recording MIDI data, something as simple as Red Dot Forever will work (on a PC). It's free online. Just load the Yamaha/USB drivers, plug in your USB connection, run Red Dot, and press record. Very simple. (There are more sophisticated solutions, too. But try this one to see if it's adequate for your needs.)

For recording audio, you can connect the piano's line out (or headphone out) to the computer's line input on the sound card. Run Audacity software on the PC (also available free, online). Press record and play on. Again, very simple.

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#1380504 - 02/22/10 04:46 PM Re: Recording to a computer file from my CP300. [Re: MacMacMac]
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#1380648 - 02/22/10 07:44 PM Re: Recording to a computer file from my CP300. [Re: Kawai James]
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Thanks, everyone for the help.

I will definitely want to record the piano's audio output, not MIDI.

I will investigate your suggestions and (along with my computer whiz son) give it a try.

Oh, BTW ... one of the responses mentioned HEADPHONE OUT being the same as LINE OUT. I have a headphones jack on the piano. Is that what I should use to hook into the LINE IN of the computer ? That would seem to present a problem because when I plug into the headphones jack, I cannot hear the piano through the speakers with the normal volume.




Edited by dmd (02/22/10 07:50 PM)
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#1380704 - 02/22/10 08:48 PM Re: Recording to a computer file from my CP300. [Re: dmd]
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Originally Posted By: dmd
... one of the responses mentioned HEADPHONE OUT being the same as LINE OUT. I have a headphones jack on the piano. Is that what I should use to hook into the LINE IN of the computer? That would seem to present a problem because when I plug into the headphones jack, I cannot hear the piano through the speakers with the normal volume.
If you have Line Out (or Aux Out) jacks, use them. Only use the headphone jack if you lack the Line Out.

The disadvantages of using the headphone jack ...
1. You have to set the output level using the volume control. Not too high, not too low.
2. As you said, you can't listen with headphones if the jack is occupied with a feed to the computer.
3. Even if you have dual headphone jacks (some DPs have them), the proper volume setting for feeding the computer might not be a good setting for listening with headphones.

But ... you could listen to the sound from the computer (using either speakers or headphones), using the computer's volume control to set the sound level.

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#1380745 - 02/22/10 09:59 PM Re: Recording to a computer file from my CP300. [Re: dmd]
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Originally Posted By: dmd
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Oh, BTW ... one of the responses mentioned HEADPHONE OUT being the same as LINE OUT. I have a headphones jack on the piano. Is that what I should use to hook into the LINE IN of the computer ? ...


Your CP300 has Line-Out jacks. There is no need to use the headphone jack. You would only use the headphone jack if the piano lacked a line-out

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#1380754 - 02/22/10 10:20 PM Re: Recording to a computer file from my CP300. [Re: ChrisA]
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Ok, I use Line-Out Jacks.

Now, on my CP300 I see a pair or output jacks labeled ...

OUTPUT
L/MONO R

I assume those are the Line-Out jacks.

Thanks.
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