Recording a Keyboard?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by narfboy93, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. narfboy93

    narfboy93 Guest

    Hello all, I would like to learn what cables I need to run a Casio CTK-593 through my computer to record it. On the back it has MIDI in/outputs, and a Big Jack(?), I would like it to go from Big Jack to a Headphone jack. I have hooked my guitar to my computer like this but I am missing cords. Thanks to anyone who will help me.
  2. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Decatur Il
    Hi Narf. If you just want to record the audio of the keyboard, it sounds like you probably need a standard 1/4" TRS to 1/8" TRS adaptor. These often come with a set of headphones. If not, radio shack will have one. Then run an 1/8" stereo cord to your mic input on the soundcard. I am making assumptions here but guessing based on your post. If you want to record midi data, that's whole other can of worms. Let me know if this helps and if you need more info on midi, I can help you from there.
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Here's the manual:

    Is your "Big Jack" marked "Assignable Output"? It's for a sustain pedal and other functions. It doesn't put out any audio.

    If you are connecting into a headphone jack on your keyboard you should plug a stereo TRS plug into the keyboard, that splits to 2 mono TS plugs on the other end of the cable -if you want the left and right channels to both work.

    Enjoy the manual.
  4. narfboy93

    narfboy93 Guest

    Thank you. So would a MIDI cable transmit audio?
  5. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    No, a MIDI cable isn't audio.
  6. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Generally speaking, MIDI is just Note On / Note Off data. It doesn't transmit any sounds, just which keys you played and how long you held them. In more advanced keyboards that are touch sensitive and velocity sensitive MIDI transmits how hard you played each note, how quickly you played each note - plus any other performance parameters like pitch-bend and mod wheel data.

    MIDI lets you use your keys to trigger outboard synth modules, samplers, soft-synth plug-ins, drum machines etc.

    And in some keyboards you can use MIDI to backup your programmed sounds and/or load new sounds.

    Good luck.
  7. narfboy93

    narfboy93 Guest

    Thanks guys, the two big jacks on the back say "Assignable Jack" and "Phone Output" would either transmit audio?
  8. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Scotland, UK
    Phone output will, but plugging that into anything will cause
    (1) slightly degraded sound - perhaps even bad tone/pitch
    (2) distortion (mainly because the phone output is designed to be louder than inputs are used to)

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