How To Connect Yamaha Keyboard To Computer

Creating beautiful music with various means is one of the most satisfying feelings. With the aid of many musical software available nowadays, you can transcend your musical genius even further. If you happen to have a Yamaha keyboard and would want to incorporate some musical variations and effects using a software with it in your computer, you might ask, “How to connect Yamaha keyboard to computer?”

Once your Yamaha keyboard is connected to your computer, you can then start to use software for audio recording or directly use the sound coming from the Yamaha keyboard itself. But before even attempting to connect your Yamaha keyboard to your computer, first of all, check if you have the right cables for it.

Types of Cables

  • Auxilliary or Line-Out – with this type of port, you can connect your Yamaha keyboard to your computer using a 1/4-inch audio cable. Using the headphone port of your Yamaha keyboard as the line-out port is also feasible. You can follow the link https://amzn.to/2SQv7zL for reference.

  • MIDI and USB Audio – this type of port can both send the audio and MIDI data using the A-to-B USB cable. For reference, please follow the link https://amzn.to/30UZhq3

  • MIDI Port – older models of Yamaha keyboards does not have a USB port, which only have a MIDI port. It is a circular shaped port with five pins on it. You can follow the link https://amzn.to/34JCyOV for reference.

  • USB MIDI Only – this type of port can only send MIDI data to the keyboard but not audio. Connecting this type of port needs an A-to-B USB cable. For reference, you can follow the link https://amzn.to/30UZhq3 for more information.

If you already have inspected the type of port your Yamaha keyboard have, you can follow the instructions below on how to connect Yamaha keyboard to computer.

Steps

A. Connect the appropriate cable to your Yamaha keyboard.

B. Connect the other end of the cable to an audio interface or your computer.

  • Auxilliary or Line-Out – if you have an audio interface, connect the 1/4-inch audio cable to the Line-In port. Using an A-to-B USB cable, you then use the audio interface by connecting it to your computer. If an audio interface is not available, you can use your computer’s microphone port with a 3.5mm adapter. You can follow the link https://amzn.to/3lFqsNP for reference.

  • MIDI – connect the other end of the MIDI cable to the MIDI In port of the audio interface, which is a round shape port. After that, use an A-to-B USB cable to connect your computer to the audio interface.

  • USB – with the A-to-B USB cable, you can directly connect the other end of the USB cable to the computer port.

C. Power on the Yamaha keyboard once it’s connected to the computer.

D. Download the latest MIDI drivers for the Yamaha keyboard.

  • Windows

1. Follow the link https://usa.yamaha.com/support/updates/umd_win64_kbd.html

2. Tick the box to below for license agreement.

3. Click the box with purple color to begin the download.

4. Once the download is complete, you can either click the file on the lower left of your browser or open the file from the folder location.

5. Extract the files.

6. From the extracted files, click the folder “um314x64”.

7. Click the “Setup” file twice. Follow the instructions presented.

  • Mac

1. Follow the link https://usa.yamaha.com/support/updates/usb_midi_driver_for_mac.html

2. Tick the box to below for license agreement.

3. Click the box with purple color to begin the download.

4. Once the download is complete, you can either click the file on the lower left of your browser or open the file from the folder location.

5. Extract the files.

6. From the extracted files, click the folder “um132-2mx”.

7. Click the “Yamaha USB-MIDI Driver v1.3.2.pkg” file twice. Follow the instructions presented.

E. Launch your digital audio workstation. To use your Yamaha keyboard, you will have to download a digital audio workstation software,

F. You can choose to add an audio track along while recording your musical piece using the Yamaha keyboard.

There you have it! You can now begin to enjoy creating captivating music using your Yamaha keyboard with this tutorial on how to connect Yamaha keyboard to computer. Delight your family and friends with the musical piece you created while they listen with awe!

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