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adding my keyboard for audio

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MikeJ65 11/15/2014 1:58:39 PM
Hi James
Or anyone who is here to answer.
I am not very tech at all and have equipment that I am sure I don't need to go and buy anything else.
So what equip or type of hardware and maybe software do I need to be able to add my piano and microphone to songfactory.
I know I have a mic with a three pin head which I assume I plug into my 'focusrite ' and I have a Yamaha p95 with a usb connection
I used to use my keyboard with Cubase and everything used to be set up but it is all in boxes for the last couple of years , so cables and stuff I need to know what to get out ?
Any help would be appreciated
james 11/15/2014 2:42:13 PM
Hi Mike,

SongFactory records through your soundcard's main input (usually your microphone socket). This will be a small jack socket, so you'll need the right lead to plug your microphone in.

To record your keyboard just plug it into the same socket.

There's some info about this in the manual - I'll grab a link and post it here
james 11/15/2014 2:44:19 PM
The manual is here
james 11/15/2014 2:45:04 PM
And there's a video tutorial here
MikeJ65 11/15/2014 4:46:50 PM
Thanks James
I think I need to get a 3.5 jack mic then and will try later.
My keyboard has a usb so will try that later , ididn't think it would be that simple.
I have saved the manual so will have a look through that also
Will I be able to use the audio on trial mode ?
MikeJ65 11/15/2014 7:55:30 PM
Hi James
I have connected my keyboard ( Yamaha p95 ) to the mic port .
I can only go from the headphone jack to the mic but when I record it is buzzing all the time but I can hear faintly in the background the keyboard playing.
Any ideas?

james 11/17/2014 11:14:56 AM
Hi Mike,
If you're getting only a bit of sound and lots of background noise, I'd suggest:
- checking that all the cables are connected well
- checking to see if you have a built in microphone (some laptops or monitors come with a built in microphone which might be superseding your jack)
- try recording with another package (such as window's built in "Sound Recorder") to see if it works OK... if it records fine then it might be a SongFactory issue, but if it sounds the same then perhaps it's a setup issue with the audio
- Try playing around with the sound settings on the Windows Control Panel; there are indicators there to show whether any sound is being received from the sound card

Hope that helps?
MikeJ65 11/17/2014 8:04:09 PM
Thanks James
I have unplugged , plugged etc and looked at sound card and control panel etc .I have sound of piano , no background but my piano sounds like a robotic noise in a tin can and not very loud .
May need some more tweaking here and there , will keep on trying
And soon have a mic to plug in and see how that is ( waiting for it to be delivered )