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Good morning! I've just joined this forum in the hopes of learning more about my Yamaha DGX 660 and MIDI (which I know zero about). I've played the piano for over 45 years, mostly for churches and I play mostly church music. I've had numerous keyboards that I've never fully mastered and my latest is the Yamaha DGX 660. I've figured out how to record songs using various voices on my DGX 660 (mostly piano and strings), but what I'd like to learn to do is get my music from my keyboard to my new iPad Pro and use Garage Bank (or whatever) to edit the voices - maybe increase or decrease the volume of the strings, fade in/fade out the sounds, etc. and then adjust the overall volume of the song (is all this even possible??). I've learned how to record a song, send it to the onboard jump drive and then load it on my computer, upload the song to the cloud and back down to my iPhone X to listen to, but one thing I've noticed is I'll be listening to pianists on Pandora, then I'll want to listen to one of my songs and the volume is much lower, so I have to crank it up. I'd like to adjust it so it's more at the volume of what I'm accustomed to listening to on Pandora.

Anyway - I feel I need a MIDI for Dummies book because I'm literally starting at ground zero, so if you kind folks can steer me in the right direction, I'd be forever grateful, and I hope to learn enough that I can ultimately help others. I have lurked around on some of the other boards here, but I'm such a noob that it's really like reading a foreign language. :)

Many thanks!
 

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Hi Ladyfingers. Welcome to the forum and a belated Merry Xmas to ya.

Best place to start is Youtuibe. Lots of MIDI tutorials out there starting with the very basics and working up to detailed technical issues with particular makes and models.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+record+with+midi

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mIDI+for+dummies



Also take a look at the tutorial links thread posted here on the forums.

https://www.keyboardforums.com/threads/good-tutorial-links.24556/

And remember Google is your friend. Just ask it a plain English question when you're looking for something.

Gary ;)
 
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Awesome - thanks so much for the links, and a belated Merry Christmas to you, too! This will keep me busy for a while. :)
 
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Welcome

Do have a look in the App store, type in Yamaha and the results should give you a lot of their Apps that you can use with your iPad.
 

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Hi @ladyfingers
Nice to have you on board.

I am a lot like you . .just play keyboard. Do not know much about MIDI and your original message had prompted me to expand my horizons too. So the links posted by @happyrat1 are also getting a once over by me.

Cheers ray

Btw . . Huge camera you have there. Careful where you point that thing:D
 
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Welcome, ladyfingers!

Note that you don't need to use MIDI to record on a computer, although there are situations when it's extremely helpful for composing your masterpieces. All you really need for recording is a program that can record audio, such as Audacity (for Windows, Mac, or Linux) or GarageBand (for Mac or iPad).

However, any DAW should be able to do everything that an audio-recording program can do, and more. There is a DAW for the iPad which is called Cubasis, made by Steinberg, who are owned by Yamaha, so that might be something you want to check out in the App Store. I think Cubasis 2 is on sale right now for half off:

https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/mobile_apps/cubasis/start.html

https://www.steinberg.net/en/newsandevents/news/newsdetail/article/cubasis-now-with-new-27-update-4966.html
 
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Hi Ladyfingers. Welcome to the forum and a belated Merry Xmas to ya.

Best place to start is Youtuibe. Lots of MIDI tutorials out there starting with the very basics and working up to detailed technical issues with particular makes and models.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+record+with+midi

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mIDI+for+dummies



Also take a look at the tutorial links thread posted here on the forums.

https://www.keyboardforums.com/threads/good-tutorial-links.24556/

And remember Google is your friend. Just ask it a plain English question when you're looking for something.

Gary ;)
Thank you again for the links - it helps tremendously!
 
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Hi @ladyfingers
Nice to have you on board.

I am a lot like you . .just play keyboard. Do not know much about MIDI and your original message had prompted me to expand my horizons too. So the links posted by @happyrat1 are also getting a once over by me.

Cheers ray

Btw . . Huge camera you have there. Careful where you point that thing:D
We will learn together! And yeah - I LOVE that lens. If I could only have one, that would be it (though the older I get, the heavier it gets.)
 
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Welcome, ladyfingers!

Note that you don't need to use MIDI to record on a computer, although there are situations when it's extremely helpful for composing your masterpieces. All you really need for recording is a program that can record audio, such as Audacity (for Windows, Mac, or Linux) or GarageBand (for Mac or iPad).

However, any DAW should be able to do everything that an audio-recording program can do, and more. There is a DAW for the iPad which is called Cubasis, made by Steinberg, who are owned by Yamaha, so that might be something you want to check out in the App Store. I think Cubasis 2 is on sale right now for half off:

https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/mobile_apps/cubasis/start.html

https://www.steinberg.net/en/newsandevents/news/newsdetail/article/cubasis-now-with-new-27-update-4966.html
Thank you so much! After watching a few of the videos that were offered, I wondered if I could record without MIDI. I have some questions but will post them in the appropriate forums, but many, many thanks for your help!
 

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