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How to Record to a DAW // What cable do i need?

Postby peppermint » 23 Dec 2018, 15:45

Hello,
first i am a Noob :)

I would like to record from the Nord Piano to Ableton live. I would like to record the Midi notes so i can edit them after i play wrong Notes.
In the manual stand that i can go with usb out from the Piano to the Soundcard from the Laptop ( I think in the Mic Entry? )
What for a cable do i must buy for this please?

Thank you very much for this noob Question. And sorry for bad english!

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Re: How to Record to a DAW // What cable do i need?

Postby maxpiano » 23 Dec 2018, 15:50

Hi peppermint, if you want to record MIDI data only you don't need a sound card, just a standard USB cable connected to a USB port of your laptop, the same type of cable and connection you would use with a USB printer.

Important: if you are using Windows you also need to download and install the Clavia USB Drivers from Nord website (Downloads), if you are on a Mac instead you don't need any driver.
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Re: How to Record to a DAW // What cable do i need?

Postby peppermint » 23 Dec 2018, 16:08

Ahhhh ok, cool. Thank you very much for your quick answer!!! I am really happy about it!
If the Piano is connectet will it show then in the red roundet menu if i klick the " All ins" ?
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Postby maxpiano » 23 Dec 2018, 17:28

I am not an expert in Ableton but yes, it should show there i.e. in the list of available MIDI devices.
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Re: How to Record to a DAW // What cable do i need?

Postby LudovicVDP » 24 Dec 2018, 09:16

Hi

You can use the "external instrument".
It's specificaly made for that.
It manages midi and audio on the same channel.

As for the cables, as said already, Midi via USB and audio cables into your soundcard.


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Re: How to Record to a DAW // What cable do i need?

Postby peppermint » 24 Dec 2018, 12:04

Hello LudovicVDP,
thank you very much. I dint know this external Instrument even :D .....
Just to understand it right:
With USB Cable i transfer the Midi and then i can record those incoming Midi into Ableton Live.
If i play those Midi in Ableton Live the Midi gets transfered to the Nord Piano and through the Speakers connectet to it,i can hear it?
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Re: How to Record to a DAW // What cable do i need?

Postby maxpiano » 24 Dec 2018, 13:34

peppermint wrote:Hello LudovicVDP,
thank you very much. I dint know this external Instrument even :D .....
Just to understand it right:
With USB Cable i transfer the Midi and then i can record those incoming Midi into Ableton Live.
If i play those Midi in Ableton Live the Midi gets transfered to the Nord Piano and through the Speakers connectet to it,i can hear it?


Correct, but for doing it in that way (what you initially asked) you just need a Midi channel strip.

What LudovicVDP suggests, instead, requires connecting also the audio output of NS3 to the laptop (best if via a USB Soundcard rather than the laptop audio inputs) and enables to record both MIDI and audio from NS3 into Ableton.
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Re: How to Record to a DAW // What cable do i need?

Postby peppermint » 24 Dec 2018, 15:56

Ok, but whats a Midi Channel Strip? Your mean this External Instrument Channel? Or the USB Cable?

Ok, then i can order:
1x https://www.conrad.de/de/delock-usb-20- ... 81030.html

What for an Audio Interface and Audio Cables for it can you please recommend?
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Re: How to Record to a DAW // What cable do i need?

Postby LudovicVDP » 24 Dec 2018, 17:06

Indeed if you connect the speakers directly to your Keyboard, no sound will enter the DAW. Which means that you will be able to receive, record and send midi notes only. When those will be sent to your keyboard, they will produce sounds and you will hear them, but you will not be able to record the sound in your daw.

If you connect the audio OUT of your keyboard to your soundcard IN and you have your speakers connected to the audio OUT of your soundcard, there you're good to go.

Tip: Go search for "Ableton External instruments" or "Ableton External synth" on Youtube, you'll find different way to have it work.
Like this, for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFEVwpk83bw

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Re: How to Record to a DAW // What cable do i need?

Postby maxpiano » 24 Dec 2018, 19:15

peppermint wrote:Ok, but whats a Midi Channel Strip? Your mean this External Instrument Channel? Or the USB Cable?

Ok, then i can order:
1x https://www.conrad.de/de/delock-usb-20- ... 81030.html

What for an Audio Interface and Audio Cables for it can you please recommend?


A MIDI channel strip (track) in Ableton is what you see in the image you posted.

That cable is not what you need, you need a standard USB device cable, the same used with printers, like this one https://www.conrad.de/de/digitus-usb-20 ... 56281.html

For Audio Interfaces the choice is very wide, you need to set a budget and say if you need to record only a keyboard or maybe also voice/microphone.
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