Killer Keyboard Sound in Your Home Recordings - dummies

Killer Keyboard Sound in Your Home Recordings

By Jeff Strong

They key to getting a killer keyboard sound is making sure that you get the sound into your home recording system without messing it up (no pressure here). Depending on your gear, keyboard sounds can be brought into your system in one of the following ways:

  • Using the analog outputs in your keyboard: For an external keyboard that contains the sounds you want to record, plug an instrument cord from the main outputs of your keyboard to the corresponding number of inputs in your system.

    Turn your keyboard volume up between 1/2 and 3/4 or until you get a decent signal to register in your recorder. If your instrument input has a volume (gain) control, adjust it and the volume of your keyboard until you get a solid sound without distortion.

  • Recording MIDI data and adding the sound later: If you have a MIDI-capable keyboard and a MIDI sequencer, you can record your musical performance as MIDI data and assign the sound later. In this case, connect your keyboard to your MIDI sequencer.

    This can be done using a MIDI cable connected to MIDI ports in each device, or it can be done with a USB connection if you have a USB-equipped keyboard and MIDI sequencer (such as a software program in a computer).

    Because you’re recording MIDI data instead of an audio signal, you don’t need to worry about setting the record level.