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How can I record the audio produced by my Kawai digital/hybrid piano onto a computer?

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The audio produced by Kawai digital and hybrid pianos can usually be recorded using one of two methods:


1. Using the built-in USB audio recorder function
Most Kawai digital/hybrid pianos that feature a “USB to Device” port, are also capable of recording audio produced by the instrument directly to a USB memory device as a WAV or MP3 audio file. This process is very convenient and produces high quality recordings without the need for additional cables or equipment.

Once a recording has been saved to USB memory, the resulting WAV or MP3 audio file can be copied to a computer and further manipulated using editing software, then shared with friends and family or posted on social media etc.

For more information about the USB audio functions, please refer to the owner’s manual included with the instrument.


2. Using the Line Out connectors
Many Kawai digital/hybrid pianos feature “Line Out” connectors that allow the sound of the instrument to be output through external speakers or a PA system. These connectors can also be used to record audio produced by the instrument onto a computer as digital audio using the following steps:

  1. Connect the instrument’s “Line Out” connectors to the “Line In” connector on the computer using the appropriate audio cable. Most Kawai instruments feature standard 2x 1/4” mono (TS) “Line Out” connectors (although some use a single 1/8” mini-stereo (TRS) connector), while most computers use a standard 1/8” mini-stereo (TRS) “Line In” connector.

    If the piano does not feature "Line Out" connectors, the Phones connector may be used as an alternative.  However, please note that connecting an audio cable to either Phones connector will mute the sound produced by the instrument's speakers.

    Depending on the computer’s audio specifications, it may be necessary to change the functionality of the “Mic.” connector to be used as a “Line In” connector.

    For more information about the kind of Line Out connectors included with your Kawai digital/hybrid piano, please refer to the owner’s manual included with the instrument.

  2. Launch the desired audio editing software (e.g. Audacity) on the computer.

  3. Play the digital piano. It should be possible to hear the sound of the instrument through the computer’s speakers/headphones, and see the editing software's recording level meters move.

  4. Adjust the Master Volume level of the piano, the computer’s Line In recording level, and any other settings in order to achieve the optimum sound quality.

  5. Click the “Record” button in the audio editing software, then play the instrument.

  6. Click the “Stop” button. A visual representation of the recorded audio should be shown in the editing software's waveform display.

  7. Edit the recoring as necessary, then save the recorded audio in the desired file format.