Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Which Form 8815 Features

Instructions and Help about Which Form 8815 Features

This is the second in a series of videos teaching you exactly how to connect and record your keyboard on your computer whether you want to make a MIDI connection or an audio connection or both and in this one we're going to look at the outputs that you might have on the back of your keyboard so let's start by looking in the back of my piano which is called LP 350 and this is what I've got I've got a standard MIDI in and MIDI out port but transmit the MIDI data to him from my computer and I've also got a line out port where I can record the sound of the keyboard from and what I do is I transmit the MIDI data via MIDI cables which are actually part of a USB MIDI interface and then I use an eighth of an inch mini jack cable to record the audio via a audio cable so that's my connections now it could be that you've got a different kind of keyboard so I'm looking for something different here this is the yamaha p2 five five you might have something that looks a bit more like this so on this one the audio output is actually two quarter-inch outputs like this and you would connect these by having two mono quarter-inch cables connected to the left and right it's labelled orgs out so your keyboard might be label dog's out line out audio out and as I said before you can connect to the left and right with two quarter-inch TF cables or because this port here is labeled L stroke L plus R you could use one quarter-inch TRS stereo cable so this is what they look like the difference two mono cables look like this with tips leave tips leave and you would connect left and right one to each or one stereo cable with tip ring sleeve from just the left hand side then also on the back of this keyboard you've got those standard MIDI ports MIDI in and out just like on the back of mine and you've also got USB to host and this is MIDI not audio data that is transmitted from here now that USB port causes a lot of confusion and a lot of people write to me and say I've connected the USB port from my keyboard and now I can't record the sound well yes you can easily connect your keyboard to your computer with a standard USB printer lead but you are making a MIDI connection with that USB lead in this case you're not going to record the sound so this is good if you've got no specialist equipment and you just want to hook your keyboard up you can do that very easily but the only way to record the sound on a keyboard like this is to connect these two audio outputs here to record the sound you need to do that this part here you've got your MIDI ports and your USB port which is a different kind of way of doing the MIDI and you've got your audio ports which record which transmit the sound now it could be that you don't have a range of audio outputs like that you may have just has standard MIDI ports or you may just have a USB port but the other thing that you've got is a headphone output and maybe that's the only way you can get the sound out of your keyboard if you want to record it and you still can so you can use that headphone socket but there's a thing that you need to be aware of and that is if you put a cable into your headphone socket you're going to silence the keyboard because normally when you put headphones in it so that you can play without disturbing anyone else so you will probably need to purchase a headphone splitter if you want to record the sound of your keyboard and like a set of headphones in so you can hear yourself playing at the same time because there's nothing worse than trying to play and not be able to hear it the exception to that is if you follow the video course you'll find that we will talk about audio interfaces that will have direct monitoring and in that case you won't need this splitter you should be able to hear it through your interface but that's a little bit further down the line so if you if you have this kind of keyboard where you've only got a headphone socket you can connect that up to record the sound and then hopefully you'll be able to make a MIDI connection from either a USB port or standard MIDI ports to do the MIDI recording now sometimes you can transmit song information from the keyboard via that USB port so if you've got a Casio or a Yamaha they tend to let you do this but still you're not recording the sound of your keyboard you're just recording data and you can manipulate the songs on your computer and store them and send them back to the keyboard but to record the sound you will need to connect up those audio ports now another thing to note is that some pianos and keyboards have got a USB output directly like this where you can plug a flash drive in and record the sound of your keyboard directly on that and if that's the case you don't need any cables to record your keyboard on your computer you just record them onto the USB stick and then transfer the file what you need to do is go make a note of all the connections from your keyboard so that you're ready for the next video in this theories where we'll look at how you actually make the connection from your keyboard do your computer