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Roland FP-10 Play your own midis?
#3050482 11/28/20 12:42 PM
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Hello!

We have a Roland FP-10 and we are able to play some of the songs that they put onto the Piano Partner 2 app, but is there a way to play your own Midis that you can download off the internet? I don’t see any way to add midis to the app. I even tried to put some midis on a usb stick and plug it into the piano but still had no luck playing our own. I’d love to figure out how to have the piano play Christmas songs this season.

Thank you in advance!

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If you load a MIDI file into a sequencer app, and connect to the FP10 via USB (or maybe also via bluetooth), I would expect that it should be able to play it, as long as it is just a one-channel one-instrument sequence (i.e. just piano, on MIDI channel 1).

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The USB Type A jack is an "Update port" and is only used to update the piano's firmware. So it won't play MIDI from a USB stick.

(Unlike the FP-30)

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Originally Posted by clothearednincompo
The USB Type A jack is an "Update port" and is only used to update the piano's firmware. So it won't play MIDI from a USB stick.

(Unlike the FP-30)
The FP-30 also has GM (General MIDI) compatibility in it for 16-part multi-timbral playback.

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There's a Roland FP10 _Reference_ manual that might be helpful.

The FP10 _does_ have MIDI-over-USB capability, and it may have MIDI-over-Bluetooth capability.

. . . Let's stick with MIDI-over-USB.

And, like a mythical economist, let us assume you have a computer (not a tablet or smartphone).

Since the FP10 has MIDI-over-USB, you can connect a "USB printer cable" from the square USB port on the rear of the FP10 (that shape is usually used for printers) to a USB port on a computer.

You can then get the song's MIDI file into the computer, and use a MIDI sequencer (available free) to send it to the FP10.

The FP10 will follow the key-up / key-down instructions in the MIDI file, as it receives them, and play the song.

(That's all industry-standard stuff -- it will work.)

Most (all?) tablets and smartphones ("mobile devices") _do not_ have computer-style USB ports. However, if the device is an Android device, and (I think) runs Android 4.0 or higher, you can get an inexpensive "OTG adapter" (OTG= "on-the-go"). That adapter turns the mini-USB port on the device into a computer-style USB port:

. . . You can plug the "USB printer cable" into that OTG adapter,
. . . and it _should_ be able to receive MIDI information from a
. . . MIDI sequencer running on the mobile device,
. . . and send it on to the FP10, which should play it.

I have not tested this suggestion.

I don't know anything about the Apple equivalent.

There are lots of free or cheap MIDI sequencers (and MIDI players) for Android devices. I have Music Studio 2, and I think it's overkill for what you want to do. I don't know what's available that's simpler:

. . . You need software that sends MIDI output,
. . . as well as (or instead of) audio output.

I'll take a look in the Android store, later today.


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Re: Roland FP-10 Play your own midis?
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Originally Posted by Charles Cohen
There's a Roland FP10 _Reference_ manual that might be helpful.

The FP10 _does_ have MIDI-over-USB capability, and it may have MIDI-over-Bluetooth capability.

Yes, I use my FP-10 as a midi controller for synths on an iPad using both usb and bluetooth connections. If you want to use usb then you need the Apple CCK ($40) or a clone like this one ($13)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/264825063599

I have both an Apple CCK and that clone and they both work fine.

What OP seems to want is to send midi to the FP-10 to play its piano sound (which is what the Roland app does). I'm sure you could do this by playing a midi file in an app on an iphone or ipad (or any computer, really), but I haven't done it myself.

If you're downloading the midi file off the internet you can just as easily play it directly on whatever computer you download it from, it's not like the FP-10's sounds are much better than what you get from a piano vst on a computer. In fact, I would say that using the free piano soundfonts at https://sites.google.com/site/soundfonts4u/ is probably better sounding than playing the FP-10's own sound. On PCs and Macs you can download a free soundfont player and use those free soundfonts; if you're on iphone/ipad then you can buy this $3 Soundfonts app to play any of the soundfont files you download: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/soundfonts/id1453325077

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The OP is using Piano Partner 2 which tells us his current configure includes an Android or iOS device. They have sequencer apps that should send MIDI to the FP10, no need to use a computer for this. Though yes, if you're playing the MIDI files on the device, you could get the sounds from the device as well (or play MP3s, for that matter).


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