Does anyone have any experience - or better still samples they could share - of the recording quality achievable on a Kawai model that has built in USB to device recording? I’m looking in particular at the CN29. How many “bit” does it record at? Is there any unwanted hum/hiss etc? Any input appreciated. Thanks.
Please note that the CN29 does not feature a USB to Device port, and therefore does not support recording audio to USB. This feature is available on the CN39 and CA59 and higher models, along with the ES8, MP7SE, and MP11SE slab-type instruments.
Kawai DPs that support this feature allow audio to be recorded in either WAV and MP3 format. The recording specifications are shown in the table below:
Please note that some models use a 192kbit/s bitrate for MP3 encoding. Please refer to the instrument's owner's manual to confirm this point.
The recording is full digital, so no hum or hiss is audible (apart from the natural noise that may be present in the original samples). However, you may find that the audio level is a little - this is intentional, in order to prevent clipping. When I use the USB audio recorder, I typically normalise the levels to a fixed level using audio editing software.