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#669654 - 12/30/04 06:13 PM HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
Curt Offline
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Registered: 03/10/02
Posts: 11
Loc: USA
Just purchased a Casio PX-400R and would like to make a CD of some songs. "So simple you won't believe it," said my Guitar Center salesperson. Well, I'm an unbeliever,I guess. I did install the USB MIDI driver that came with the keyboard, but that is as far as I have gotten. I've been to the CASIO music website....no help for me. Can anyone walk me through this, or tell me where I can go to get instructions? Do I need additional software on my computer? Am I an idiot? Is this ever going to happen? My 11 year old daughter wants to make a CD of her repertiore for her grandma? Will I disappoint my daughter and my mother all in one shot? My wife already is not speaking to me becasue I have invested so much in to this already. I'm in dispair!

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#669655 - 12/30/04 10:35 PM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
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Registered: 11/02/04
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I'm downloading the manual to double check, but I'm almost sure that the USB connection is for MIDI data... if this is the case, to make a CD, you'll need and audio card to record your digital piano.
I'll post back with info...
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#669656 - 12/30/04 10:51 PM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
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Yep, your USB connecion is for trasnfer of MIDI files. Here is a website that has some software to convert MIDI files to a format readable by your piano. This means that you can download MIDI files from the net, convert them with this software, and then make your piano play it.
Now, for what you want... you do need an audio card and some basic recording software. I use Pro Tools from time to time cause I have an Mbox , a device made by Digidesign.
But you can also check this ones .
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#669657 - 01/09/05 04:26 PM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
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Registered: 12/16/04
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Yep, basically what DuCamp said.

All you need is a regular computer sound card, which I'm sure you have. Then you just take a regular audio cable going from 'line out' on your keyboard to 'line in' on your sound card. You dont even need specialist software if you're just recording single tracks. You could even use windows 'sound recorder'!
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#669658 - 01/10/05 02:56 AM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
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Registered: 08/17/04
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Loc: Virginia, USA
Just to amplify what was said a bit.

I make CDs of hymns for church occasionally, when no organist can be present.

To burn a CD, you have to have a .wav file. There are two ways I know of to get that, possibly more.

One is to use the midi connection to your computer and save a midi file. I'm not sure exactly what software you need to have running because I haven't bought a midi cable, but when I'm using Noteworthy Composer (shareware) I noticed it has an "enable midi input" command. I suspect a sequencer program would be much better but I haven't downloaded one yet.

Anyway, once you have a .midi file on your computer, you play it through Windows MediaPlayer, WinAmp, or something like that, and record it to Sound Recorder, Rosoft, or another record program, and now you have a .wav file. Then just burn a CD. Two advantages to this: midi files can be manipulated in software, in case you need to improve your performance; midi files are tiny, only a couple of k, whereas .wav files may be 40 - 100 M. So after you burn your CD, delete the .wav and save the .midi.

Second way: just take the audio out from your Casio over to your microphone input on your PC. Record directly to your hard disk. Use either Sound Recorder (comes built in, but you have to know the trick to beating the 60 second limit) or Rosoft sound recorder, shareware I've been using that seems to work. Lots of other recording software out there. I've heard Audacity is good and can do conversion to MP3 to save space, I don't have it myself though.
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#669659 - 01/10/05 03:58 AM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
Tocca Offline
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Registered: 07/19/04
Posts: 56
Loc: Sweden
Just adding my thoughts, i've recorded from my digital to CD lots of times!

Using USB (which will send midi signals, as others has said) is only a good solution if you have a really good soundcard for midi (or software that can "transform" the midi to sound) otherwise it will NOT sound good.

As Cobs says: Check your Casio if there's a line out on it. If so, just do as Cobs says. A cable between line out on the Casio and line in on your soundcard.

Windows sound recorder has the disadvantage that it only records for 30 seconds or so.
You'll need another program to record it, but there are lots of freeware waveeditors you can use for this.

Audacity is good, and free. You can get it here:


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