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  • is usb port on keys midi only?

    i'm looking at a yamaha synth/piano that has 1/4"outs, usb to source & to device and midi in/outs. unfortunately no digital spdif. can i use the usb as a digital audio out(not midi) where it would relay live sounds or does the usb only send midi?

  • #2
    A very small number of synths do digital audio over USB. Why don't you read the manual?

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    • #3
      FYI, all Yamaha manuals are freely downloadable online here : http://www.yamaha.co.jp/manual/english/index.php

      It would also help if you'd include the type number - Yamaha's got a variety of digital pianos and we can't guess which one you're talking about .
      "Part of an instrument is what it can do, and part of it is what you do to it" - Suzanne Ciani, 197x.
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      • #4
        it was a general question, does usb outs on a synth send digital audio or midi only. i wasn't referring to one specific keyboard.

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        • #5
          It depends on the manufacturer's drivers.

          General question and all, yeah my Edirol PCR-1 has a digital optical output (1/8" jack), and the audio data is sent from that output.

          My bandmate's new Novation X-Station has a S/PDIF digital output (RCA jack) and it's audio data can be send at up to 48kHZ.

          Even the Creative Soundblaster USB device (US $40) has a digital output at up to 48kHZ.

          So yeah, maybe, and if not, well then maybe we don't get your question.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by artsong
            it was a general question, does usb outs on a synth send digital audio or midi only. i wasn't referring to one specific keyboard.


            And my answer to your question covered the general case. What's the problem here? Are you going to keep asking until the answer becomes 'yes' or 'no' ?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by artsong
              it was a general question

              On PSR keyboards it sends MIDI only. On an SH-201 it sends audio, too. So, "general" is not possible. There is however mLan, Yamaha's name for a Firewire connection, which does transmit audio and MIDI. I don't think they're switching over to USB-based mLan.

              i wasn't referring to one specific keyboard.

              But we still can't guess because it depends on the keyboard. However, I think that one could state with certainty that Yamaha does audio + MIDI via Firewire and MIDI only via USB.
              "Part of an instrument is what it can do, and part of it is what you do to it" - Suzanne Ciani, 197x.
              Synthesizer Programming Megathread - add your tips & tricks or ask how to recreate sounds!

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              • #8
                Can't help but feel that you're being a bit hard on the guy.

                As far as I know Yamaha don't make any keyboards that do audio over USB... The top of line Motif ES doesn't.

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                • #9
                  mate, without advising us of the model number, we are all flying blind.... Yamaha make many different models of keyboards as do every other manufacturer and each particular model has its own particular things.... just like buying a spare part for your car.... you don't just go to the dealer and ask for a widget for X vehicle. You need to advise what type of car/model/rego....

                  The more information you provide...the better the answer

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                  • #10
                    "Can't help but feel that you're being a bit hard on the guy."


                    agreed. there's some serious 'tude happenin.

                    later.

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                    • #11
                      Was that the first time he asked, or the second time when he didn't like the answer and tried asking again?

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                      • #12
                        yes, someone that's knowledgeable about it could state with some certainty that yamaha's usb ports are midi only.

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                        • #13
                          posting a question instead of looking in a manual does not make one a whiner. misinterpreting posts and calling people names does make one a jerk and possibly a drunk one at that, mr martini.
                          i'm not going to converse with you any further, nor read any more of your replies.

                          p.s. quit your false assumptions of gender.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by artsong
                            yes, someone that's knowledgeable about it could state with some certainty that yamaha's usb ports are midi only.


                            I've never come across a Yamaha that supported audio over MIDI. In fact I can't think of many that do... some Novations, perhaps the VSynth XT (or is that not true?).

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by orangefunk


                              I've never come across a Yamaha that supported audio over MIDI. In fact I can't think of many that do... some Novations, perhaps the VSynth XT (or is that not true?).


                              Virus TI.

                              Hence my original reply, ignored by the whining poster, of "A very small number of synths do digital audio over USB. Why don't you read the manual?"

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