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MIDI On Grand Pianos: How To Set It Up For An Incredible Experience

Digital pianos have come a long way. You can now purchase digital grand pianos that sound nearly identical to acoustic grand pianos. If you are lucky enough to own one of these high-end digital instruments, you’ll want to set up a recording system so you can capture your music and share it with the world!

In this blog post, PianoCraft will explain setting up a basic recording system for your digital grand piano. Stay tuned!

What is MIDI – An Overview

MIDI is an industry-standard protocol that enables electronic musical instruments, computers, and other devices to communicate with each other. MIDI was first developed in the early 1980s to standardize how synthesizers communicated with each other.

Nowadays, MIDI is used for a wide variety of applications beyond just synthesizers. You can use MIDI to control lighting, video, and stage effects. You can also use MIDI to record your computer or iOS device performance.

One of the best aspects of MIDI is that it doesn’t matter what brand of equipment you’re using – as long as it has a MIDI port, you can use it with any other MIDI-compatible device.

If you have a digital grand piano, chances are that it has a MIDI port. If not, you can always use an external MIDI interface. MIDI interfaces come in all shapes and sizes, from simple USB devices to more complex stand-alone units.

How to Setup MIDI on a Digital Grand Piano

  • Connect your digital grand piano to your MIDI interface. If you’re using a USB device, simply connect it to one of the USB ports on your computer. If you’re using a stand-alone MIDI interface, you’ll need to connect it to your piano with a MIDI cable.
  • Once your MIDI interface is connected to your piano, you’ll need to connect it to your computer.
  • Now that your interface is connected to your piano and your computer, you’ll need to install a MIDI driver.
  • Once your driver is installed, you’ll need to launch your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). If you don’t have a DAW, you can download a free one like Reaper. Once your DAW is open, you’ll need to create a new project.
  • In your new project, you’ll need to add a track. To do this, click on the ‘Add Track’ button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. A new window will pop up. You’ll need to select the ‘MIDI’ option in this window and then click ‘OK.’
  • All that’s left to do now is connect your MIDI keyboard to your computer.

How Does it Help?

You can use your grand piano as a MIDI controller to play virtual instruments on your computer. It is excellent if you don’t have space for many different instruments or if you want to experiment with different sounds without buying new equipment.

MIDI can also be used to record grand piano performances. It is helpful if you want to share your music with others or if you want to create a backup of your playing.


Look no further if you’re looking for an incredible MIDI experience on your grand piano. Our team at PianoCraft in Alexandria, VA, can help set everything up for you to enjoy the best possible sound.

Give us a call today to schedule your store appointment and start enjoying music the way it was meant to be heard.