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How to Record on Yamaha Keyboards

Yamaha keyboards record music that you can burn into CDs.
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Having a Yamaha keyboard gives you an opportunity to play music. Once you have practiced and want to share your musical talents, you may want to record the songs that you have made. You can record it for sing-along sessions with your friends or burn a CD to share. You may use computer audio programs that will help you to edit and record music that you make on your Yamaha keyboard.

Record From computer

Connect your MIDI cable to your keyboard. Plug into the "MIDI Out" on your keyboard and the "MIDI In" on your computer. Both your computer and your keyboard will be labeled as such.

Set your keyboard to a MIDI channel. Download the drivers to set your keyboard to a MIDI channel from the Yamaha website. Go to the Yamaha website (see the Resource section) and click on downloads. Pick the download that is compatible with the computer system that you have. Then click "Download" and "Save." It will save to your computer and transfer the information to your keyboard via the MIDI cable.

Open the audio editing program on your computer. Once in the program, open the music that you recorded on your keyboard. Some programs will allow you to record straight into the computer, without already having recorded onto your keyboard directly.

Record From Keyboard

Press "Record" on your Yamaha and begin recording. It will store onto the keyboard's internal memory.

Connect your headphone to your computer. If your computer includes a CD or DVD burner, you can burn your recording directly to a CD or DVD. If you have a CD or DVD burner that is not part of your computer, you will need to connect the microphone to the unit as well as connect the unit to the computer via USB. The connections vary by which DVD or CD burner you use, but, typically, the connections are in the back of the recorder.

Transfer your recording to other media by using the tabs on the corner of the screen to file and save onto the media that you want to use it with. Click on "File," which is usually the first tab at the top left of the screen. Then click on "Save As." Name your file and decide where you want to save it. Click "Save" to place your recording in the file.

Put your CD or DVD into your computer and open the music that you recorded. To do this, click on "File" followed by "Open." Find your file name and click it twice to open your file.

Use your audio editing program to make any changes or enhancements to your recording. Depending on the audio enhancement program that you have, you can make your creation loop or you can cut parts of your recording out. To do this, you will find the "Edit" tab, typically the second from the top left, and then cut the part that you want to save. There are many variations that you can perform depending upon the editing program that your computer has.

Things You'll Need:

  • MIDI cable
  • USB cable
  • Computer
  • Audio editing program
  • CD or DVD burner
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