Cable Required to Connect a Yamaha Digital Instrument to a PC or Mac for Audio Recording

Last Update: 04/14/2004

Audio recording involves recording the actual sound produced by a Yamaha digital instrument. The procedure involves connecting an audio cable from the analog outputs (AUX OUT L and R, LINE OUT L and R or PHONES/OUTPUT) of the Yamaha digital instrument to the Line Input of a PC or Mac.

It is assumed that the PC or Mac is equipped with a standard stereo 1/8'' LINE INPUT connector.

This connector is usually located on the sound card or motherboard of most PCs and on the motherboard of most Macs. The following information covers the most common connections.

NOTE: Most Windows and Mac operating systems come with basic audio recording software which can be used to test the audio connection, drivers and recording quality. The software usually permits the recording of a single track for a short amount of time.

TIP: Yamaha XG Works 3.0 is an advanced audio recording software that can be used to produce multi track recordings and export the tracks as a WAV file. It is available for Windows 95/98. Click here to download a demo version of XG Works 3.0. To purchase a full version of XG Works 3.0, visit a Yamaha 'Professional Digital Instrument' Dealer.

Yamaha Instruments with L and R mono
1/4" AUX OUT or LINE OUT phono connectors
Part Description
Audio Cable (2) mono 1/4" phono plugs on one end of the cable.
Mono 1/4'' Phono Plug
(1) stereo 1/8" phono plug on the other end of cable.
Stereo 1/8'' Phono Plug

  1. Connect the audio cable 1/4" plugs into the audio output connectors of the     Yamaha digital instrument.
  2. Connect the audio cable stereo 1/8" plug into the LINE IN of the computer.

Yamaha Instruments with a stereo
1/4" PHONES/OUTPUT or HEADPHONES connector
Part Description
Audio Cable (1) stereo 1/4" phono plug on one end of the cable.
Stereo 1/4'' Phono Plug
(1) stereo 1/8" phono plug on the other end of the cable.
Stereo 1/8'' Phono Plug

  1. Connect the audio cable stereo 1/4" plug into the PHONES/OUTPUT or HEADPHONES connector of the Yamaha digital instrument.

    NOTE: Connecting to the PHONES/OUTPUT or HEADPHONES connector will usually cause the local speakers of some Yamaha digital instrument to shut OFF. The PC or Mac will need to be connected to a set of speakers or headphones will need to be connected to the computer in order to hear the Yamaha digital instrument and audio playback.
  2. Connect the audio cable stereo 1/8" plug into the LINE IN of the computer.

Yamaha Instruments with a stereo
1/8" PHONES/OUTPUT or HEADPHONES connector
Part Description
Audio Cable (1) stereo 1/8" plugs on both ends of the cable.
Stereo 1/8'' Phono Plug

  1. Connect the audio cable stereo 1/8" plug into the PHONES/OUTPUT or HEADPHONES connector of the Yamaha digital instrument.

    NOTE: Connecting to the PHONES/OUTPUT or HEADPHONES connector will usually cause the local speakers of some Yamaha digital instrument to shut OFF. The PC or Mac will need to be connected to a set of speakers or headphones will need to be connected to the computer in order to hear the Yamaha digital instrument and audio playback.
  2. Connect the audio cable stereo 1/8" plug into the LINE IN of the computer.

    NOTE: The audio cables described above can typically be purchased at Yamaha 'Professional Digital Instrument' and 'Consumer Music Instrument' Dealers.

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