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How to record digital piano on pc, using virtual instruments?

Discussion in 'Piano' started by touch_master, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. touch_master

    touch_master Active Member

    I have Korg sp-250 digital piano, its has midi,audio in/out and 2x headphones.

    I want to connect digital piano with PC and record myself with programs that have virtual instruments. Pianos, strings, drums, pads, etc... But for the most, I want to record piano (classical compositions). But, to have good quality sound, high mp3, wav,...with all effect, reverb, chorus, stereo, and so on? To be on lower scale of good quality.

    So I need guide from start:

    -what low budget PC I need,

    - what low budget, lower line of good sound card,

    -what program

    -how to connect digital piano with PC,...

    -it would be great if you can also recommend some low budget speaker, active.


  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    1- any new pc will do but the better you go, more things you're gonna be able to do at the same time (instruments, effects...) intel I7 and 2 hdd is recommanded (1 for OS and 1 for audio)
    2- any soundcard with midi in/out that has decent converters. Focusrite scarlett 2i4 is a good start
    3- Look for a software that supports midi, and vsti freeze fonction. what it does is it automaticly transform the virtual instrument midi track in an audio track. This liberate the memory and cpu usage needed for the vsti and become handy on budget computer... (sonar does this)
    4- connect midi out from keyboard to midi in of audio interface.
    5- for speakers, I don't recommand any budget one.. so go with how much you can spend.. If you only do vsti, no mic recording. vsti are all pre-mix and mastered.. so you can get away with cheap speaker.. well I guess.. ;)
  3. Paschalis I.

    Paschalis I. Guest

    Check out Ivory from Synthogy. Fantastic sound.
  4. touch_master

    touch_master Active Member


    When I conect digital piano to pc via midi cable and take sounds from example: Ivory will I hear instantly sound when I press keys? Or there will be delay? Can you give me example of sound card, internal or external which is cheaper, which I canuse for midi connection?

    And can I use my HALF PEDAL on digital piano when using virtual instruments on PC?

    On more question.

    I have cable that have on one side two big jacks and on other side one 3,5 mm. I instert that two in my digital piano in "in/out audio" and other in my pc in mic line. ANd use some audio program for recording sound... That sound that I record si so so bad, its not even close to that that I hear on speakers form digital piano. How can I record exact sound that I hear through speakers on digital piano?
  5. Paschalis I.

    Paschalis I. Guest

    It just depends on the latency that your audio interface has got. You should aim for 7ms or less latency in order for you to record without problems.

    Also you should use trs or even better xlr cables to connect your sound cards outputs with your monitors. You wont have any problems then!
  6. touch_master

    touch_master Active Member

    What is trs or xlr cables, where can I find them and where to insert them, in DIgiral Piano? In music card? I have no clue. What about recording sound from digital piano?
  7. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    OMG, please don't let the next question be 'what is a piano' ;)... At some point you should open the manual and read a bit. They are there for a reason.

    If you want to only use VSTI, you need two cables to your digital piano, Midi cable and Power cable.

    Please do a search here or on google for : 'What is midi' and 'Basics of audio recording'

    MIDI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This one is about virtual instruments but you should listen to their other videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpsl3DRWoyg
  8. Paschalis I.

    Paschalis I. Guest

    I can't believe your are bored to google "xlr cables" and you're not bored to ask instead, plus waiting for us to answer you.

    If you really want to record piano - and write music of course - then I see no passion doing that.
    Sorry for sounding like a smart@ss but I do this for your own sake.

    This is the most basic stuff, connecting your piano to your pc and you are not even insterested on this.

    - end of rant -

    Now to answer your question.

    You can use either MIDI or USB. If your sound card doesn't support MIDI then buy a MIDI piano that connects with USB.

    Make sure that you'll buy a sound card with low latency, a piano like an Akai for example some plugins and you are ready to go.
  9. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    You want these things:

    Yet you expect:

    People in hell want ice water too, but that ain't gonna happen.

    At some point you're gonna have to accept the reality that when you buy "low budget" everything, you're gonna end up with a low budget sound.

    Any decent PC, capable of handling audio production: $600 - $800
    "low budget" sound card, 2 channel, w/ midi: $200 -$300
    Recording Program: anywhere between $100 and up
    "low budget" active speakers: I think you could get into a pair of Wharfedales for around $200, more or less.
    Various MIDI, instrument and speaker cables needed: $50-$100

    So, if your "low budget" clocks in at around $1500, then hey, you're off to the races.

    In the end, you'll get what you pay for.
  10. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Check out the GUIDE, figure out your budget, get the best gear for the money.

    Tweakheadz ยท Posts The-guide


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