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Recordings created using the USB audio feature on my Kawai digital/hybrid piano are too quiet - what should I do?

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A number of Kawai digital and hybrid piano instruments incorporate a USB audio recorder function, which allows high quality digital audio recordings to be captured and saved to a USB memory device in MP3 or WAV audio format.

The dynamic range of piano music has the potential to be extremely broad, from very quiet pianissimo passages to incredibly loud, powerful fortissimo passages.  In order to ensure a high quality recording is captured without the risk of distortion, the USB audio recording level is purposely set to a relatively low level.  In some cases, this can result in low volume when playing back the recording.

In order to optimise the volume of the captured audio, it may sometimes be desireable to open the file in audio editing software running on a computer, such as "Audacity".  Once opened, the volume can easily be increased to the desirable level using functions such as "Normalise" or "Amplify".  Once you're happy with the adjusted audio, the file can be saved to a separate file for future listening or editing etc.

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