How to Connect Your Digital Piano to PC, iOS, Android Devices

Digital pianos come with the options of various connectivity. This connectivity in digital pianos aids in practicing and recording different types of music and transferring them.

In this article, We'll show you how to connect your digital piano to your  personal computers, Android devices and Apple iOS devices.

Connecting Digital Piano to Personal Computer

The first step to ensuring that the digital piano can be connected to the personal computer is to make sure that the digital piano has either MIDI ports or USB ports. After that, the digital piano must be connected to the corresponding cable to connect with the personal computer.

If the digital piano has a USB port, it is necessary to use USB A to USB B cable. If the digital piano has MIDI ports, it is required to use MIDI to USB cables.

It is advised to check the backside of the digital piano for the port labelling of USB to host or USB or MIDI Out and MIDI In to avoid confusions. You can also purchase the connecting cables either online or in electronic shops if the wires are not a part of the digital piano package. Most of the Roland and Yamaha digital pianos come with the wires.

USB Port Connectivity

If the digital piano has a USB port, it is necessary to use USB A to USB B cable. This connecting cable is also famously referred to as printer cable as it can also be used to connect personal computers to printers.

  •  The USB B end of the wire looks squarer. Now, connect it to the Digital Piano USB ports. If it is force fitted wrongly, the port might get damaged.
  • In case of the digital pianos having multiple USB options like USB to device and USB to host, it is a must that the USB B end of the cable is to be connected to the USB to host port and not to the USB to device port.
  • The USB A end of the cable is to be connected to the personal computer. It is necessary to ensure that both the personal computer and the digital pianos must be powered on.
  • The playground is to be launched to post the connection. Now the set up will begin. At the digital piano configuration set up, the window prompts to select the model of the digital piano from the menu dropdown. In case of the digital piano model name unavailability in the dropdown, the cable type name can be selected from the menu dropdown.
  • After this step completion, please click next button to complete and establish the connection of the digital piano with the PC.

MIDI Port Connectivity

If the digital piano has MIDI ports, it is necessary to use MIDI to USB cables.

To connect your digital piano to the personal computer, the MIDI IN end of the cable is to be connected to MIDI OUT port on the digital piano. The MIDI OUT of the cable is to be connected to the MIDI IN port of the digital piano.

In the case of plugging the MIDI cables in the above step fails, the connection can be established by reversing the connection strategy.

The USB A end of the cable is to be connected to the personal computer. It is necessary to ensure that both the personal computer and the digital pianos are powered on.

The playground is to be launched to post the connection. Now the set up will begin. At the digital piano configuration set up, the window prompts to select the model of the digital piano from the menu dropdown. In case of the digital piano model name unavailability in the dropdown, the cable type name can be selected from the menu dropdown.

After this step completion, please click next button to complete and establish the connection of the digital piano with the personal computer.

The playground will be able to recognize the keys played from the digital piano and could provide real-time feedback on the notes played if they are connected properly with the necessary cables.

Connecting Digital Piano to iOS devices

Apple devices like iPhone, iPod, etc are super easy to connect with your digital piano. If you're using an Yamaha Digital Piano, you can simply download their Digital Piano Controller app to connect it.

Older Generation iOS Devices

In case of having old iOS devices which belong to first to third generations, it is necessary to get a 30 pin connector. You should connect the 30 pin connector to your iOS device. 

Newer Generation iOS Devices

In the case of the fourth generation of iOS devices like iPad, etc., Apple provides lightning connectors. The lightning connectors have cables which can be used to connect all USB devices. This makes it much easier in connecting the digital piano.

In the case of having digital pianos, which has only DIN connectors, it is required to have a MIDI interface. The MIDI interface is unique for all the Apple devices which supports all the different connectors. Many companies produce the dedicated iOS interface cables which support the 30 pin connectors with MIDI OUT and MIDI IN plus on the other end of the cables. 


The adaptors are also available in the market which has the lightning connector in one end and the thirty-pin jack on the other end. This makes sure that any iOS devices can be connected to the digital piano.


After these steps, the digital piano gets connected to the iOS device automatically. There is no need to install any special software to use digital pianos. The digital piano can be plugged, and it will be ready to play with the iOS device.

Connecting Digital Piano to Android devices

There're so many Android apps available on Google Play Store for connecting the digital piano with the tablets and smartphones. Most of the smartphones and tablets are equipped with a micro USB port or type C USB port, it is necessary to use an adapter cable to connect the digital piano to the android devices.

Connecting the digital piano depending upon the type of connection pin availability:

  • If the digital piano has a USB to host port, it is necessary to have USB type B to USB type A cable to connect the device to the digital piano.
  • If the digital piano has a MIDI port, it is necessary to have a MIDI to USB cable which is also called an OTG adapter.
  • The USB B end of the cable is to be connected to the USB to host port in the digital piano.
  • Connect the MIDI splitting end of the connector to the digital piano.
  • Use the other end of the connector, the USB A side to connect with the OTG USB A to Micro USB adapter. The adapter might have USB type C depending upon the type of android device.
  • The micro USB end of the adapter is to be plugged into the Android device.
  • In case of connection not being established immediately, open the settings and use the MIDI/USB option to manually establish the connection.

The Android device will now be connected to the digital piano. There is no need to install any special software to use digital pianos.

Conclusion

It's actually easier to connect your digital piano with your smartphone or PC. All you need is required cables and apps. 

Piano apps will help you to learn pianos at better pace and you'll be able play pianos even if you don't know how to read the sheet music!

We'll be releasing a article on top piano apps to use. Stay tuned for it! 

About the Author Wendell A Wiese

I'm the lead researcher and content manager at PianoNadu. I test various different digital pianos and share our unbiased reviews here. We test them on various different aspects and make sure it passes our quality criteria. During my college years, I was a part of my college band known as DMT. I was the Pianist in our band. My love for playing the piano grew during middle school. Read more about me here

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