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  • Student469797
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    Joined: Oct 5th, 2020
    How to connect Yamaha P45 to Garageband
    Hi, I have a Yamaha P45 and Garageband in my Mac. My Yamaha keyboard has a USB Type B output (USB to host). My Mac, has a USB C entry. I never used garage band but when you have to choose a track type, it recommends a MIDI type for a keyboard. In this case, not sure if my Yamaha P45 has MIDI exit in that USB Type B output and if I need to buy any intermediate interface to convert from audio to Midi. Anyone out there who can enlighten me?
  • Joe A
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    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: How to connect Yamaha P45 to Garageband
    Hi - Do you want to record audio from the piano [its own internal piano sounds] in to GarageBand, or just use the piano's MIDI output to play sounds from piano Instruments in GarageBand? [AFAICT you should be able to do either].. If you just want to play GB's [piano] Instruments from the keyboard, try connecting the P45 to the computer via USB [with a USB B->C adaptor, if needed], and see if it triggers GB Instruments -- if it doesn't, go to GB Preferences > Audio/MIDI and hit Reset MIDI Drivers, then try again.. For anything more elaborate than that.. Well, details on the P45's MIDI/Computer connections are supposedly found in these two Yamaha documents, which cross-reference each other in a very un-helpful way.. If you're completely new to both GB and MIDI in general, I've linked to one of our basic GarageBand courses, which explains a bit [see video # 2, below]..
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