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Bluetooth MIDI Information

Bluetooth MIDI allows Kawai instruments that incorporate the technology to communicate with smart devices wirelessly. Once connected to a supported phone, tablet, or laptop, Kawai digital piano owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience without requiring additional adaptors or cables.


Bluetooth MIDI Availability

Please note that Bluetooth MIDI availability may depend on the market location in which the instrument is distributed. Kawai instruments that incorporate Bluetooth MIDI technology are compliant with and certified by the radio frequency laws and regulatory bodies of the following regions and countries.

Region/Country Law/Regulatory Body
United States FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
EU R&TTE Directive
Japan MIC (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
Australia ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority)
New Zealand MBIE (Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment)
Taiwan NCC (National Communications Commission)
South Africa ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa)
Mexico IFETEL (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones)
Canada IC (Industry Canada)
China SRRC (State Radio Regulatory Commission)
India ETA (Ministry of Communications & IT)
Chile SUBTEL (Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones de Chile)
Uruguay URSEC (Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones)
Brazil ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações)
South Korea KCC (Korea Communications Commission Republic of Korea)
Thailand NBTC (National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commision)
Philippines NTC (National Telecommunications Commission)
Singapore IMDA (Info-communications Media Development Authority)

However, please note that Kawai instruments distributed in areas that are not listed above may also incorporate Bluetooth MIDI. To confirm Bluetooth MIDI availability for these areas, please contact your local Kawai distributor, via the Distribution page.


Bluetooth MIDI Compatibility

Kawai instruments that incorporate Bluetooth MIDI technology confirm to the Bluetooth v4.0 (GATT compatible) standard and are Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI compliant. Bluetooth LE is supported by the following device platforms:

Platform Requirements
iOS v8.0 or later
OS X / macOS v10.10 (Yosemite) or later
Android v6.0 (Marshmallow) or later
* Depending on device manufacturer

Connecting a Kawai instrument to a device via Bluetooth MIDI

iOS Devices (iPhone/iPad)
Please note that in iOS, connecting a device via Bluetooth MIDI is handled within each app, and not through the main ‘Settings’ app. The following steps will use the Kawai Virtual Technician app as an example, however the procedure is generally the same regardless of the music app being used. Please ensure that the iOS device is running iOS 8 or higher.

1. Turn on the Kawai instrument.

Digital piano power button

Bluetooth MIDI should be turned on by factory default. If Bluetooth MIDI has been turned off, with the setting stored to Startup Memory, please re-enable Bluetooth MIDI by following the steps explained in the instrument’s owner’s manual.

2. On the iOS device, open the ‘Settings’ app, select ‘Bluetooth’ and ensure that Bluetooth functionality is turned on. Note that the Kawai instrument will not appear in this list.

Enabling Bluetooth in iOS

3. Exit from the ‘Settings’ app, then open the Virtual Technician app.

Virtual Technician icon

4. Shortly after opening the Virtual Technician app, a connection window will appear:

Virtual Technician connection screen

5. Tap the Bluetooth tab, a list of available Kawai instruments with Bluetooth MIDI capability will be shown:

Virtual Technician connection screen

Virtual Technician connection screen

6. Tap the Kawai instrument. After a few seconds, the app will connect to the Kawai instrument via Bluetooth MIDI, and the connection window will close automatically.

Virtual Technician connection screen

Virtual Technician connection screen

It should now be possible to use the Virtual Technician app to adjust the instrument’s various parameters wirelessly.

Virtual Technician screen


OS X / macOS Devices
Please note that in OS X / macOS, connecting a device via Bluetooth MIDI is handled via the Audio MIDI Setup tool. The following steps will use the popular GarageBand software as an example, however the procedure is generally the same regardless of the music software being used. Please ensure that the Mac supports Bluetooth LE, and is running macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or higher.

1. Turn on the Kawai instrument.

Digital piano power button

Bluetooth MIDI should be turned on by factory default. If Bluetooth MIDI has been turned off, with the setting stored to Startup Memory, please re-enable Bluetooth MIDI by following the steps explained in the instrument’s owner’s manual.

2. On the Mac, click the magnifying glass in the top-right corner of the screen to open Spotlight, then type ‘Audio MIDI Setup’ and double click to open the tool.

Opening the Audio MIDI Setup tool

3. Select ‘Show MIDI Studio’ from the ‘Window’ toolbar menu of the Audio MIDI Setup tool.

Selecting Show MIDI Studio from the Audio MIDI Setup tool

4. Double-click the ‘Bluetooth’ icon in the MIDI Studio window. A list of available Kawai instruments with Bluetooth MIDI capability will be shown:

Selecting Bluetooth in the MIDI Studio window

5. Click the ‘Connect’ button beside the Kawai instrument.

Connecting the Kawai instrument

After a few seconds the instrument should become connected, and a new icon (representing the instrument) will appear in the MIDI Studio window.

The connected Kawai instrument appears in the MIDI Studio window

6. Open the desired MIDI software (for example GarageBand), enter the program’s preferences, and ensure that the newly connected instrument is selected in the MIDI input/output settings.

Selecting the MIDI I/O setting

It should now be possible to use the MIDI software with the instrument wirelessly.


Android Devices
Android explanation coming soon.