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Hi everyone,

I'm just curious, how do you record a digital pianos audio when you only have one set of L and R outputs? Let's take the nord grand as an example, which I was interested in buying with the nord monitors. How would I record the audio from the nord samples to my PC (I have a steinberg ur22 sound card) if the nord monitors take up the only outputs? Can I use midi outputs to connect to steinberg to record the audio? I know there will be replies saying why don't I use headphones to record but I don't like doing that.

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Doesn’t the ur22 have line outs on the back? Can’t you just plug your nord monitors in there?

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“How would I record the audio from the nord samples to my PC (I have a steinberg ur22 sound card) if the nord monitors take up the only outputs? ”

There exists splitters which duplicate output. Or you can plug monitors on UR22 outputs and set on the software monitoring.



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There exists splitters which duplicate output. Or you can plug monitors on UR22 outputs and set on the software monitoring.


I'd vote for "splitter cables". Cheap, technically very primitive, and very easy to understand.


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Modern keyboards have a bunch of functionality and ways of "recording". I will take a quick stab.. others will add:

1- Direct to a USB stick in your keyboard. My RD 2000 has a USB port and recording capabilities... I push "record" and it creates a 44.1/16 (CD type) file on the stick. Nice.
2 - MIDI out, via a USB cable (no other device) to your computer where you are running a DAW such as Ableton (what I use)
3 - Analog out, via a USB cable (no other device) to your computer where you are running a DAW or other recording software
4 - Analog out, via XLR or RCA jacks to a recording device (your computer, a tape deck, mixer in the mix)
5 - Analog out, via XLR or RCA jacks to a digital interface (converts analog to digital) then on to your computer with a DAW

In short, these modern keyboards don't need digital interfaces anymore and do really well outputing digital, MIDI, and analog formats directly.

If your keyboard only has L/R analog outs, then you must convert the analog signal to digital and then store it. Usually, you would go from your keyboard to a digital audio interface (like a Focusrite unit that converts to digital), and then digitally to your computer. via USB cable, where you use a DAW or other recording software. You could go directly, analog to your computer, but then your computer (mic input) will convert to digital and usually, the quality of this conversion in your computer is poor.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks for replies, so the equipment I have currently is a yamaha cp4, I have a steinberg ur22 and PC and a Roland CM110 speaker 2.1 system. I connect everything up, so cp4 is connected to UR22 via L and R audio cables and also the other outputs on the Cp4 (as there are 4 all together unlike 2 on the nord) I use to connect to the CM110, then I connect the Ur22 back into the CM110 inputs so I can play the cp4 and record all in one sort of thing, I also connect a USB lead from cp4 to PC for VST playing and recording.

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splitter seems the best way, but is there any loss in audio quality if the signal is split up between 2 different sources, one for speakers and one for a soundcard? technically I can play and record at same time then with any keyboard that has only the single set of output jacks...

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You should connect the CP4 to the Ur22, and the monitors connect to the Ur22 outputs, as AndrewJCW recommended.


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Thanks but I tried that before and didn't way the way it sounded, its not the same as direct into speakers in my opinion, plus to play the piano I would have to have to keep switching cables or always have the pc on if I did it the way you say...

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Originally Posted by mwf
splitter seems the best way, but is there any loss in audio quality if the signal is split up between 2 different sources, one for speakers and one for a soundcard? technically I can play and record at same time then with any keyboard that has only the single set of output jacks...


It's generally OK to run two high-impedance inputs from a single lower-impedance output.

the Roland CM110 "Line-level" input has 10 kilohm impedance -- "high-impedance" by any standard.

the Steinberg UR22 "line-level" input has 20 kilohm impedance -- also "high impedance".

I doubt that the CP4 specs include an output impedance. For a "line-level" output, it'll be at most a few hundred ohms. For a "headphone" output, it'll be lower than that.

My _guess_ is that the sound won't change. You'll know for sure after you test it out -- splitter cables aren't very expensive.

Oops . . .

One hitch -- are you using "balanced outputs" on the CP4, and "balanced inputs" on the CM110 ? If so, you probably won't find commercial "splitter cables".

I'm thinking about the potential problems of connecting one _balanced_ output (the CP4) to two _balanced_ inputs (the CM110 and the UR22). I don't understand all the issues, there's sensitive equipment involved, and I'm going to suggest the safest path:

. . . Do it as Morodiene and AndrewJCW suggest.


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No I need to know for a nord grand not cp4 sorry...

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Originally Posted by mwf
Can I use midi outputs to connect to steinberg to record the audio?


No. MIDI isn't audio.

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Originally Posted by mwf
No I need to know for a nord grand not cp4 sorry...


A Nord Grand uses _unbalanced_ outputs:

. . . You should be OK with two "splitter cables" (one Left channel, one Right channel).

But Morodiene's / AndrewJCW technique should still work OK.


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Thanks but I tried that before and didn't way the way it sounded, its not the same as direct into speakers in my opinion, plus to play the piano I would have to have to keep switching cables or always have the pc on if I did it the way you say...


I found the same thing actually with my presonus audiobox. Wasn't terribly impressed with the sound coming out of it either through the monitor or the recording. A lot better than the computer's native abilities but well short of anything resembling "home studio" quality. I would like to try out a range of interfaces in store with some good headphones to see how they compare. I don't mind spending money if the quality is there.

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