What is MIDI? To enjoy playing or composing music on a computer, you need a computer and a MIDI instrument, such as the Clavinova. To make an analogy, think of the computer as a Russian musician and the Clavinova as a Japanese musician. Both musicians have musical knowledge and talent, but they don’t speak the other’s language, and thus can- not communicate.
What can I do using the Clavinova and a computer? You can connect the computer to the Clavinova and use different types of computer music software to do the following: • Obtain songs that the Clavinova will display the score and/or lyrics in the LCD and synchronize the auto →Scorch XF accompaniment with the internal style of your choice.
How do I connect the Clavinova to a computer? Step 1 Which connector and port should I use? There are four ways to connect the Clavinova to a computer. 1. Using the Clavinova’s TO HOST connector Connect the TO HOST connector on the Clavinova to the serial port on the computer. IBM-PC or compatible with Windows Macintosh A serial port on an IBM-PC or compatible...
Step 2 What do I need to make the connection? 1. Using the Clavinova’s TO HOST connector You need a serial cable. The required type varies depending on the type of the computer. Serial cable Windows Macintosh Standard Macintosh D-sub 9-pin serial port D-sub 25-pin serial port 8-pin system peripheral cable Standard 8-pin MINI DIN...
You need a MIDI interface device and a MIDI cable. 3. Using the computer’s USB port You need a USB interface device, and a serial cable or a MIDI cable. Yamaha offers the following products: Yamaha USB-MIDI interface “UX16” “UX96”...
Step 3 How do I connect the devices? CAUTION Before making any connections, make sure that the power to the Clavinova and the com- puter is turned off. Connect a cable and set the [HOST SELECT] switch. Turn on the power ﬁrst to the computer, then to the Clavinova.
1. Using the Clavinova’s TO HOST connector Click here for connection details. 2. Using the Clavinova’s MIDI connectors Click here for connection details. 3. Using the computer’s USB port Click here for connection details. 4. Using the Clavinova’s USB connector Click here for connection details.
Connections 1. Connecting the serial port on a computer to the Clavinova’s [TO HOST] con- nector Connect the computer’s serial port (RS-232C or RS-422) to the Clavinova’s [TO HOST] connector. With this connection, the Clavinova functions as a MIDI interface device (a device that helps a computer communicate with a MIDI instrument).
Type of serial cables and pin assignment Choose one of the following serial cables, depending on to the type of connected computer. Windows Macintosh • Windows (with a serial port of D-sub 9-pin) • Windows (with a serial port of D-sub 25-pin) •...
2. Using a MIDI interface device and the Clavinova’s MIDI connectors Making a connection Connect a MIDI interface device to the Clavinova’s MIDI connectors using a special MIDI cable. Clavinova THRU Set the Clavinova’s [HOST SELECT] switch to PC-2 PC-1 MIDI “MIDI.”...
3. Using the computer’s USB port to the Clavinova via a USB interface device Use a USB cable to connect the computer’s USB port and a USB interface device. Install the MIDI driver (shipped with a USB interface device) in the computer. Use a serial cable or a MIDI cable to connect a USB interface device and the Clavinova.
4. Connecting the USB port on a computer to the Clavinova’s [USB] connector Connect the computer’s USB port to the Clavinova’s [USB] connector. You must install a USB-MIDI driver in the computer so that the computer’s USB port can handle MIDI infor- mation.
About the USB connection • When using a USB cable to connect the Clavinova to your computer, make the connection directly without passing through a USB hub. • Do not turn the power to the Clavinova on or off while the USB-MIDI driver is running. •...
Step 4 If you connect the Clavinova to the computer using the Clavi- nova's [TO HOST] or [USB] connector, make the necessary set- tings on the computer. You won't hear any sound immediately after connecting the computer's serial port to the Clavinova's [TO HOST] connector or connecting the computer's USB port to the Clavinova's [USB] connector.
You can also download a generic MIDI driver from the following Web sites. Windows You can download the YAMAHA CBX Driver at the following site: http://www.yamaha-xg.com/ Macintosh You can download OMS (Macintosh MIDI driver) at the following site: http://www.opcode.com/...
Technical jargon is explained here. Terminology Description Baud rate A rate (speed) of data transfer. Unit: bps (bit per second) Clock A computer processes data while synchronizing with a digital signal generated in cycles. The electronic circuit that generates this digital signal is called the clock. Download To get data or programs from another computer on a network and copy them to your own computer.
Terminology Description MIDI channel When you watch TV, your TV set receives a broadcast program of the station that corre- sponds to the channel you selected. MIDI data is also transmitted via channels. If the receive and transmit channels match, the MIDI data can be processed. There are 1–16 MIDI channels (1–32 MIDI channels depending on the model).
When you connect the computer’s USB port to the Clavinova’s [USB] connector, you must install the driver in the computer. XG is a new Yamaha MIDI speciﬁcation which signiﬁcantly expands and improves on the “GM System Level 1” standard with greater voice handling capacity, expressive control, and effect capability while retaining full compatibility with GM.
Here are some computer software programs you can use if you connect the Clavinova to a computer. The available software differs depending on locale. Scorch XF Yamaha’s popular sequence software: Digital Interactive Sheetmusic Scores from your PC to your XGworks for Windows Clavinova.