Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
130 registered (ando, agraffe, AlexHerrmann, Anne'sson, AZNpiano, augustm, 33 invisible), 1545 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#669654 - 12/30/04 06:13 PM HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
Curt Offline
Junior Member

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!

(ad 800)
Yamaha CP Stage Pianos
Yamaha CP Stage Pianos Simply the Best
#669655 - 12/30/04 10:35 PM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
DuCamp Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/02/04
Posts: 263
Loc: Mexico City
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...
Visit my architecture studio website (it's new and soon to be available in english)
Protoform Studio

#669656 - 12/30/04 10:51 PM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
DuCamp Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/02/04
Posts: 263
Loc: Mexico City
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 .
Visit my architecture studio website (it's new and soon to be available in english)
Protoform Studio

#669657 - 01/09/05 04:26 PM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
cobs Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/16/04
Posts: 327
Loc: London
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'!
A proud employee of Yamaha-Kemble Music

(please scan all posts with bias scanner...)


Click Here

#669658 - 01/10/05 02:56 AM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
TimR Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/17/04
Posts: 3638
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.
gotta go practice

#669659 - 01/10/05 03:58 AM Re: HELP! Keyboard to Computer to CD
Tocca Offline
Full Member

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:


Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
Why It's Impossible to Tune a Piano!
aka, why you should be nice to your tuner.
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

Piano Classified Ads
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
Hammond A100 for Sale!
(Think B3)
Hammond A100 for sale!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad 125)
Sweetwater $55,000 Giveaway
Sweetwater $55,000 Mic Locker Giveaway
Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tours
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Samick and Saturn
by Cafman1979
05/31/16 02:42 PM
Repertoire for Competition
by I like Piano
05/31/16 01:47 PM
Suzuki CTP-88 classroom teaching piano
by maninironmask
05/31/16 01:06 PM
Play Life More Beautifully
by pianoloverus
05/31/16 12:58 PM
Elton John's run
by Visalia
05/31/16 08:45 AM
Forum Stats
83,834 Registered Members
44 Forums
173,046 Topics
2,529,565 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2016 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission