Apologies for misleading you all. The ES7 does in fact hold the individual piano settings even when local control is off, so I can keep the touch and bass light/treble heavy settings etc. However, it doesn't resolve the recording issue: at present the usb recording produces absolutely zero when using the s/w piano, whether local control is on or off. Not sure if this is an escalation of my usb problem, which Kawai are investigating. Briefly, pops and drop outs at random, having tried 3 different memory sticks, when recording the ES7 native sounds. I have in the past recorded from the Pianoteq demo to the ES7 usb, so recording from a s/w piano worked then. Anyone got any thoughts why the Italian sound doesn't get picked up via usb?
I have just been playing around more with the Italian and becoming more pleased with it, although adding some ES7 input improves matters. It is unfortunate that the difference between the sound from the ES7 speakers and headphones is so different for the Italian. (Less so with ES7 sounds) However, there is no reason why I should not have one version of the Italian for public use and another for use with headphones. Next performance is the end of September, so I've got time.
Don, interested in the mixer method. How does the mixer feed into the computer?
My mixer has a USB audio output connector on it and I plug that into the computer via USB port. The cable for this came with the mixer, I think. When I bring up Audacity, I can set the input channel to that port. It is very intuitive and simple.
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Originally Posted By: sandalholme
I have in the past recorded from the Pianoteq demo to the ES7 usb, so recording from a s/w piano worked then. Anyone got any thoughts why the Italian sound doesn't get picked up via usb?
To clarify, the ES7 has two USB ports:
1) USB to Host: This is used to connect the instrument to a computer in order to send/receive MIDI data, offering a more convenient alternative to the traditional MIDI IN/OUT cables.
2) USB to Device: This is used to load/save song data, settings, etc. and to play/record MP3, WAV, and SMF files.
Please note that it is not possible for the sound produced by your computer to be recorded by the ES7's 'USB to Device' port - regardless of the software used.
Some Kawai models (MP10, CA95) allow audio connected to the instrument's LINE-IN jacks to be mixed with the internal sound and recorded to an MP3/WAV file using the USB audio recorder, however the ES7 does not offer this functionality.
Kind regards, James x
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Thank you for clarifying that James. Yesterday I thought I had cracked it: recording to internal memory and then transferring the blended sound to usb. Re-testing today, using s/w piano and slow strings and transferring this to usb - to WAV format - only the slow strings sound was copied.
Thanks also Don for the info re a mixer. I have also an alternative method, using my old minidisc deck which has near-cd recording capabilities, but the deck will not last for ever and there's another step in converting the audio to digital - another little box I have - before final editing in Audacity. I was hoping to avoid having anything other than keyboard and computer to record s/w piano or a blend of s/w piano and ES7.