Yamaha dgx 230 driver for mac 10.5.8

by Derek Marsh
(Illinois)

i have a Yamaha dgx 230 and i am trying to hook it up to my computer. the usb cable is in but it doesnt register on the computer nor does it register on my recording software, "logic". i have looked for a driver for this item but with no luck. i have an imac 10.5.8 intel core 2 duo computer. what do i need to do to get this keyboard working on the computer please help me.

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Dec 12, 2009
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drivers
by: Dick Rector

Hello Derek,

My knowledge of computers is very limited but did you look for drivers at:
www.global.yamaha.com/download/usb_midi/index.html#hea0

Not so sure #hea0 belongs to it but it is on my paper.
This seems to be THE driver website from Yamaha.

Good luck
Dick

Feb 17, 2010
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USB Driver for Mac - but no swapping files
by: Anonymous

I found the USB driver on the DGX230 page - downloads.
The thing that is ticking me off and why I'm returning the keyboard tomorrow is that there is only Windows software for moving files from the keyboard to the Mac and back.
oh well.

Dec 26, 2013
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Keys wont play
by: Anonymous

My Middle C and C sharp keys wont make any sound everything else makes sound but those two keys

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Yamaha Drivers / Stienberg Drivers
by: Anonymous

Just to try to save you a few hours of frustration Yamaha had both drivers available and many times using a driver downloader will direct you to the Yamaha drivers but if you are using Stienberg You must use Stienberg Driver afer hours of trying to figure out why my computer would not recognize my keyboard or download driver the minute I tried this it solved the problem. MOX 8 running stienberg / Cuebase

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Yamaha DGX-230 Keyboard - B key does not play

by Pete
(Toledo)

New DGX-230. All keys work when played, but B key (left of middle C) does not play. The key indicates that has been played on the console, but not audible sound is played. Not sure if a setting is preventing the key from making a sound, or this is a just a bad key on the keyboard and it needs to be replaced. Anyone seen this type of problem before?

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Dec 26, 2009
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keys not working
by: Dick Rector

Hi Pete,

I would go straight back to the dealer as you keyboard is new and under guarantee.
This is NOT how it should be.

Dick

Dec 27, 2009
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New Keyboard
by: Pete

Thanks Dick. I did just that. New keyboard received and it works as advertised.

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240 volts adapter for Yamaha DGX 230

by Goran
(Virginia Beach, VA)

I would need an adapter for my DGX 230 in order to use it in Europe.

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Jul 16, 2010
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Yamaha DGX 230 Adaptor for 240 v
by: Alfred

Dear Goran; If you tell us the country to which you will be going, we MAY have an address for you to contact once you are there. Please understand we are not an arm of the Yamaha Corp., and MIGHT only be able to supply a Yamaha address rather than one of any other entity in that country. We await your info and thank you for visiting this Forum.

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What are differences between Yamaha DGX230 AD and Yahama YPG235 keyboards?

by Kay Myrick
(Raleigh NC USA)

How you compare the Yahama DGX-230/AD Portable Grand Keyboard with the Yahama YPG-235 Portable Grand Keyboard???

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Jan 14, 2009
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same question
by: Anonymous

I was wondering the same thing

Jan 24, 2009
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The Difference
by: Anonymous

The YPG235 comes with a survival kit. The DGX230 does not.

Nov 15, 2009
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Would Yamaha rep please answer this question?
by: Anonymous

Whether they come with the survival kit depends on the seller, so that's not where the difference lies. I also want to know the differences between these two. The descriptions at this yamaha site for these two models are EXACTLY THE SAME, word for word. Please, Yamaha, what's the difference beside the names? We need the info in order to decide which one to buy!

Nov 18, 2009
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Me too
by: Anonymous

I have the same question about these specific models and in general what is the difference between the DGX and YPG product lines?

Dec 01, 2009
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Difference between DGX230 AD and Yamaha YPG235
by: Anonymous

...Yep, I have the same question. What is the difference between the two accept for the lessor price of the DGX230?

Dec 03, 2009
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Answer (Differences between Yamaha DGX230 AD and Yamaha YPG235 keyboards)
by: Anonymous

I recently asked Yamaha about this very issue, and this was their response:

"The keyboards are identical. YPG = Sold at Music Dealers like Guitar Center, where you can also purchase a survival kit 2 year extended warranty. DGX = Available at mass merchandisers , they may offer their own warranty, but not the Survival Kit."

They are the same keyboard.

Dec 14, 2009
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DGX 230 vs YPG 235
by: Anonymous

They are the same keyboard as the last reply stated. The model number only denotes whether it is sold in a music store or mass merchandiser such as Walmart or Sears.

Dec 14, 2009
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Thanks
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the information! Then I think Yamaha shouldn't do so to confuse people. The two model names are far apart and don't give any clue they are the same thing. Is it a trick to make more profits?

Dec 21, 2009
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Why it's done.
by: Anonymous

Use of different nomemclature for identical merchandise is done pursant to an intentional marketing strategy and/or contractual condition. It is done in order to order to increase sales and hence, profits.

Thanks to the internet (and the FREE country in which it was developed), we may discover this information much quicker than ever before, thereby increasing transparency and efficiency of the FREE marketplace, i.e., the invisible hand Adam Smith wrote about. Is not "freedom to choose" and capitalism great!

Thank you.

Mar 19, 2010
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It's a money making trick.
by: Anonymous

the reason they do this is so that a company like guitar center does not have to match the lowest price.

Guitar center has to pay cashiers and workers so they cannot afford to sell items as cheap as the internet. So now, even though they are guaranteeing to match the lowest price, they don't have to match online marketers because they are technically not the same model.

that is the sole reason for the double model.

Dec 14, 2010
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Yamaha DGX 230 and YPG 235 are IDENTICAL
by: Secret Santa

Just want to confirm the previous posters. We were going to buy the YPG 235 at Best Buy, but then saw the DGX 230 at Sam's for a better deal. The instrument, the features, dials, bells & whistles are all identical, except the model number - the only difference was the DGX 230 came with a stand and some other extras.

Dec 15, 2010
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What are differences between Yamaha DGX230 AD and Yahama YPG235 keyboards?
by: Anonymous

We have the exact same question. We bought the YPG235 at Best Buy (no stand) for 199.00 on black Friday and found a stand w/bag at Music Store for 39.99. Then yesterday I found the DXG230 at Sams (with stand) for 198.00. Trying to decide if I should take the YPG235 and stand w/bag back or stick with what I have.

Dec 25, 2010
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Rip off in Numbers
by: Anonymous

I already had the Yamaha 225 and my girlfriend just bought me the DGX230. I think it is a complete rip off because there is absolutely no differences in the two. Imagine buying a Gibson Les Paul, how many different models are there now in that line? You buy one a step up from the Studio and find it's basically the same guitar. It has turned me off of Yamaha because I've read several post from them saying that the DGX-230 is an upgrade, that is not true. Also to have to buy a sustain pedal and power supply is also a rip off. I just bought a Boss VE-20 harmonizer and I told the guys at Sweetwater Music if they didn't include the power cord ($31.00) that I would shop else where, well they included the cord. It just isn't right to put two different model numbers on these keyboards and like I said I'm now looking for a new piano company.

Mar 14, 2011
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Yahama DGX230 without stand?
by: Anonymous

I bought Yamaha DGX 230 is without stand. Dealer advise me the stand is purchase seperately (Excluded)in retail price.

Yahama - pls advise....

Apr 03, 2011
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More rich tone
by: Anonymous

I have a DGX 235 which I love. But would like to know from anyone ,how would I be able to amp this to really give a rich sound. There is only a port for headphones and a port for a scuzzy cable to a computer.

Dec 20, 2011
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DGX silver, YPG cream gold
by: sisko

Now Guitar Center is carrying both due to the mass marketers getting out of the portable keyboard biz and Guitar Center picking them up and still selling the identical cream gold YPG235 unit. I did get the 2 year warranty and the stand with the silver DGX230.

May 27, 2012
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End of story.
by: Authority

The following information I obtained from yahmaha: The difference between the YPG235 and the DGX230 KEYBOARDS, other than the division of Yamaha that markets each, is ONLY cosmetic. The DGX230 is silver and the YPG235 is champagne gold. End of story.

Dec 16, 2012
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I saw the difference myself
by: Anonymous

The DGX230 has an emblem that says grand piano
the ypg does not
At Sams club they both are the same price and have same accessories
$199

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Yamaha DGX-230 - how can i open a backup file ??

by basse
(alex,egypt)

Dear helper ..
i have Yamaha DGX-230 i can only transfer data from the PC to the keyboard only by USB cable but i can't transfer data from the keyboard to PC ,, i read the user manual and it said the backup file is the only why to transfer the 5 user song that i recorded ,, i have transferred the backup file on my pc now but how can i open it ... got any idea please ???

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Sep 25, 2010
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back-ups
by: Dick Rector

Hi,

You should be able to put your files from the computer on a USB-flashdrive, put that in your keyboard, toggle to that drive and call them up.

Dick

Sep 27, 2010
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a Q about backup files
by: basse

Thanks alot for replying and for caring about my problem .. but i need to ask you one more Question ,
how to run the backup file on computer ? ,, it's already on my pc now i have transferred it

Thanks again :)

Oct 14, 2011
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ppp
by: Anonymous

Nero or other software if you are on a PC.

Feb 16, 2012
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From a DGX-230 to MP3
by: Sergio

I want convert the songs that are in .bup file to mp3 format
If it isn't possible.
Does anybody know how to record a song in my piano to a mp3 file? (or to another format which can be converted to mp3?)
Thanks very much
Sergio

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Driver for DGX-230?

by Logan
(Tallahassee, FLorida US)

i dont have the cd rom and i need to configure my keyboard to work with my computer. where can i find the drivers?

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Sep 10, 2010
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Go to Yamaha Website and download it
by: Anonymous

Go directly yo

http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/Search/SearchDetail.html?textKeyword=download&Submit=Submit

enter your model... and get it downloaded...

Good luck.

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Connecting a Yamaha DGX 230 to a laptop running Vista

by scott
(Detroit, MI)

I recieved a Yamaha DGX 230 for a Christmas gift and have already composed a few songs and want to transfer them to my computer which is a Dell XPS M1530 running on Vista. I have tried to connect it by using the USB driver that was on the CD Rom that came with my keyboard but that only lets the computer recognize that I plug in the keyboard. Then when I open the musicsoft program, I click test connection and it dosent see that I have plugged in my keyboard. This is extremely frustrating for me due to the fact that I myself am not verycomputer savvy and I would greatly appreciate anyones input on my issue. Thank you all very much.

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Feb 02, 2010
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same here
by: Radu

i have this problem too. i want to connect my dgx 230 to PC (win xp) to upload some styles but it doesn't recognise the USB. If you find the problem cand you e-mail me at rcd121@yahoo.com ? please, thanks

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DCX 230
by: ENRIQUE

puxa = el mismo problema si encuentran la solucion posfa coloquenla aqui o mi mail es esotoval@hotmail.com

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connect dgx 230 to external amp

Is it possible to connect a dgx 230 to an external amp? If so what do you need to do it?

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Jul 02, 2009
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by: Dick Rector

Hi,

POWER OFF first!!!
Connect LINE OUT (if you keyboard has it!)OR HEADSET OUT from your keyboard to AUX IN or LINE IN on the amp. After the connection is made, a good exercise is always to turn the power on your keyboard ON before you switch on the amplifier as otherwise you will hear in most cases a deep 'BLOP' from the speakers. When finished playing reverse this action.
Hope this helps you.

Dick
Bali

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Which one - DGX230 or PSR-S550B ?

by Jyoti
(India)

I play the keyboard with both hands in my own way. I am planning to learn Piano (online or with a teacher). But at the same time, I am interested in synthesise as well as in composing music. I am torn between DGX 230 because of its graded keys compared to PSR's organ like keys and also between 76 keys and 61 keys.

Also what bothers me whether 32 polyphony is enough for 6 track recording or for that matter 64 for 16 track recording. How important for a beginner to have 16 track recording facility ?

Please advise

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Sep 04, 2009
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Polyphonic and recording tracks
by: Dick Rector

Dear Jyoti,

Lot's of questions but according to polyphonic and 16 track recording.
This is a very basic answer!

32 polyphonic is not so much, 64 or 128 or even more is a LOT better. Don't forget that 'the band'playing the accompaniment style part (ACMP)is already using sometimes a large part of it. So you can end up with 'missing' tones.

How many tracks to record on?
16 is for a beginner and most profs MORE than enough, most of the more expensive keyboards don't have more than that.
If you use an ACMP style in your recording it can consume a few tracks because each instrument(or VOICE)in general uses 1 track.
As an example: If you have a 5 piece combo playing: Bass, drums, guitar, piano and a trumpet you use 5 tracks.
That leaves you with 11 tracks to play and record your own piece... that is 11 VOICES or instruments, in other words that is a very BIG band.
Some keyboards are giving you even the possibility to 'DUB', that is double the recording on the same track.
Unless you want to record a 48 piece classical orchestra..... 16 tracks is enough.
Hope this helps you a bit with making a choice.

Regards
Dick Rector
Bali (Indonesia)

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DGX - 230 - Grand Piano - weak (soft) high tones, where as lower tones much louder?

Hello all,

Concerning the DGX-230, has anyone noticed this as well?

The first octave on the right half is ok, but after that the grand piano tones are very soft, almost impossible to hear when playing lower or middle tones (and that even while hammering the high ones, and going easy on the low ones).

I wonder if it's my keyboard, or if it's business as usual?
Also, do other DGX's behave similarly (530, 630)?

Thanks!

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weak sounding [top] keys
by: Anonymous

hi, my key board is the same, the lower keys always have more zumph in them because they are bass-ey,the manufacturers havent figured out away aroun this problem [their probably not musicians] one thing that would help is to use a volume control pedal, that way, when you use the high notes/keys you can ajust the volumr without taking your hands off the keys, hope this helps, johnny wilds, ireland

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Transferring songs Yamaha DGX 230

by Everth
(Cochabamba, Bolivia)

Hello, I have a problem with my DGX-230 keyboard, I can not transfer data to the computer, I installed the necessary drivers and my pc recognizes the keyboard, I can use programs such as the FINALE,SYNTHESIA,DIGITAL MUSIC NOTEBOOK, but when I try to transfer data using the program MUSIC SOFTDOWNLOADER, it indicates that there is no connection between the keyboard and the pc,there is some other program that allows you to transfer data, please help me

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Sep 09, 2010
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SAME THING HERE
by: Anonymous

We just go the dgx-530 and cant connect to it either.

I have the correct driver installed but to no avail.

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Yamaha DGX-230 Differences

What is the difference between Yamaha DGX-230; DGX-230MS; and DGX-230AD?

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Feb 22, 2010
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Differences in Yamaha DGX Units
by: Alfred

Dear Anonymous:

Normally I shy away from commenting on posts submitted by "anonymous" members. However you must have overlooked entering your name. If you do not identify yourself by a first or a code name, you are most likely to get no response.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM IS NOT AN ARM OF THE YAMAHA CORP. and comparisons of units is not a part of our activities.

Other than the descriptions of Yamaha units to be found by using the various titles to the left of this message, we suggest you research the info you seek by googling each unit separately.

You are always welcome with whatever questions &/or comments regarding performance of your electronic pianos/keyboards (with approprate ID, please). Thanks and keep well.

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Tuning Yamaha DGX-230 Keyboard

I think my Yamaha Portable Grand DGX-230 has gone out of tune. Is there a button or something to fix it? Thanks! Help needed!

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Feb 23, 2010
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re-set everything
by: Anonymous

hi,i often lose the rythms i have saved on my DGX 230 keyboard so, i discussed this with a keyboard repair man and he showed me how to reset the keyboard back to the original factory settings, its simple, you hold down the last two keys [together] at the top of the keyboard [right side] and at the same time switch the keyboard/power of and on again, this will put everything back like when it was new but, if you have anything saved that will also be cleared [you lose it] hope this helps, johnny wilds, ireland

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GDX-230
by: Anonymous

THERE IS A TUNNING FUCTION GO TO TUNE MODE AND USE THE UP AND DOWN KEYS plus 100/ -100 may need a tuning device to get standard 440

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difference between the Yamaha DGX230MS and the YPG 235 ?

by Bill
(NYC)

What the difference between the Yamaha DGX230MS and the YPG 235

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Mar 05, 2010
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DGX 230 MS vs YPG 235
by: Alfred

Dear Bill: Comparisons of units is not a part of our activities. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM IS NOT AN ARM OF THE YAMAHA CORP. WE ARE ONLY A 'MEETING PLACE' FOR ENTHUSIASTS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR ADVICE REGARDING PROBLEMS/COMMENTS WITH ELECTRONIC PIANOS & KEYBOARDS.
Other than the descriptions of Yamaha units to be found by using the various titles to the left of this message, we suggest you research the info you seek by googling each unit separately.

You are always welcome with whatever questions &/or comments regarding PROBLEMS/COMMENTS with electronic pianos/keyboards. Keep well.


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Yamaha DGX-230 Display screen

by Dion Hawes
(Orangevale, Ca.)

Where can i get a replacement display screen for my Yamaha dgx-230? Mine cracked

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Jul 26, 2010
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Yamaha DGX 230 Screen
by: Alfred

Dear Dion:

Thanks for visiting this Forum. We are not connected to Yamaha in any way, but suggest you
contact Yamaha Parts Department at (714) 522-9011 or 1 800 940 6606 to place an order over the phone via credit card. (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). Be sure to have the
Model number of the product available so that accurate information can be provided.
Good luck, and when you have repaired your unit, be sure to come back frequently with comments/questions.

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A Yamaha DGX-230, CuBase and VST

by Grady
(Alberta, Canada)

How can I use VST in cubase with/through my Yamaha DGX-230 keyboard.

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Dec 22, 2010
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The Way
by: Mushu

So, after installing your DGX-230, FIRST hook up the DGX-230 to your computer THEN turning the DGX-230 ON. After this, restart CuBase.

Then, go to your options, then go to your MIDI settings. Where it specifies the MIDI IN port, drop the box, and select the YAMAHA G-1.

Enjoy.

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Does the Yamaha DGX 230 have the key lamp feature?

by Steve
(Columbus, Ohio)

Does the Yamaha DGX 230 have the key lamp feature?

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Dec 09, 2009
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Yamaha keyboards and guide lamp
by: Mantius

If you mean the guide lamp that shows you what notes to play, the answer is no. But keyboards like the Yamaha PSR230, PSR420 and EZ200 have that feature.

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Yamaha DGX-230 Drivers

by Ben
(Maine)

Where do I get Yamaha DGX-230 drivers

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Mar 21, 2010
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drivers
by: Dick Rector

Hi Ben,

Go to:
www.global.yamaha.comp/download/index

Dick

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Yamaha DGX 230 and soundfonts.

by James Malone
(Australia)

Hi there. I recently bought myself a Yamaha DGX230. A couple of days after, I found out about soundfonts, and how they can be used. Upon hearing this, I decided to try them out for myself. I have 1 problem. When I try to load a soundfont, the keyboard acts as though nothing happened. I have connected the keyboard through a USB connection, installed the Windows 7 Driver, and made sure That my computer got the Midi messages my keyboard was sending. It should also be noted that I have a Realtech HD soundcard, and am using SFZ player 1.97. Is it possible that the DGX series can even play Soundfonts? as I understand it, the soundfonts are loaded from the soundcard, and transfered via midi message to the keyboard. Is there anything I need to do to actually get the Yamaha dgx 230 to load and play Soundfonts? Regards, James.

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May 16, 2010
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soundfonts
by: Anonymous

Soundfonts are soundsamples/instruments that can be loaded into a reserved part of the memory of a computersoundcard (or the RAM of ur PC).

The Soundblaster Audigy has this abbility. This way u can rebuild the soundlibrary of the soundcard with foreign samples of other keyboards using .SBK or .SF2 files.

This will not work on your dgx 230, it will only work for some soundblaster cards like the LIVE! and audigy cards. The soundfont files cannot be transferred via midi. Midi only sends/recieves note-information and NO sounddata.

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Does the Yamaha dgx230ms have a lot of fair quality sounds?

by ahren
(PA)

Yamaha dgx230ms keyboard question, i would like to order this item online. i am a working musician looking for an inexpensive keyboard that will just do the job for some of our cover songs that require keys but i can't seem to figure out if this keyboard has a half decent strings sound or voice sound because there is no listing of the sound bank online that i can locate. what i really need to know is if this item is set up to be mainly a piano or if it has a reasonable array of sounds that are of at least midiocre quality.

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May 26, 2010
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Rproduced Sounds Yamaha DGX 230 MS
by: Alfred

Dear Ahren: While your query may be a good one, your ears are the true judge and no amount of posted descriptions can alter that fact. If there is a local dealership close to you, go there and put the DGX through its paces before you decide to buy one. Hope this helps.



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what to buy
by: Dick Rector

Hi Ahren,

No other person can judge how you hear sounds and if you like what you hear or not.
We get this question many times and it is impossible to answer.
Alfred did give the only good advice that can help you.
If you just want a listing of the possibilities go to: YAMAHA.CO.JP/MANUAL/ENGLISH/INDEX.PHP and you can download the manuals of the keyboards you are interested in (PDF-format).
At least you can compare.
Happy hunting.

Regards
Dick

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Yamaha DGX 230MS and YPG235 comparison

by Bob
(Vermont)

What is the difference between Yamaha DGX230MS and Yamaha YPG235 if any?

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Dec 07, 2009
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DGX 230 MS & YPG 235
by: Anonymous

Dear Bob: I offer the following in the hope it may be of help. Not being an expert by a long shot, here is what I've seen on the internet:
Keyboards in the 76 and 88 keys category use the prefixes somewhat indiscriminately
UK US NOTE
DGX 630 = YPG-635 (Model number up by 5)
DGX 620 = YPG-625 ( “ “ “ “)
DGX-520 = YPG-525 ( “ “ “ “)
What exactly is the difference between DGX and YPG? Except for some minor ignorable technical differences they are the same. They are just different labeling which Yamaha uses to sell these electronic keyboards in different markets. For instance, you will find DGX in the UK. and YPG in the US, and Numbers may differ slightly.
The above does not surprise me as Yamaha has weird way of coding their units. Anyway, disregard if it makes no sense. Good luck!

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Transfer user songs from Yamaha DGX-230 to PC via USB cable

by Julian
(Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom)

Hi,
I just got a Yamaha DGX-230 keyboard, and i'ts great. I have successfully connected it to my PC (Windows XP) and can transfer the .BUP file from it and song files to it. However, my user songs jut don't show up! (Musicsoft Downloader)

Am I recording my songs wrong?
Do I have to save them differently or as another file type?
Do I have to do something different on the computer?

I've used the instruction booklet, but I must be missing something...

PLEASE HELP!

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Feb 01, 2010
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Mmmm...
by: randomdude

I'm having the exact same problem...

Mar 31, 2010
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Answer
by: Anonymous

First you must connect the keyboard to pc. The keyboard functions in order to mod PC2. Then you need to install drivers for keyboards. Then take off the program Midi Piano v1.8.5. The top program in the window configuration mark Input and output "yamaha portable G-1" and that's it. only press record

Aug 25, 2010
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by: Anonymous

same prob! yamaha needs to heelllppp...i dnt understand that solution eithr

Sep 08, 2010
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same pb
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem, did you find a solution?

Jan 07, 2011
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I asked Yamaha support the same question and this is the answer I got.
by: Jeremyevents

Jeremy,

Thank you for your inquiry.

Musicsoftdownloader as it's name says, downloads. It doesn’t upload.
To create standard midi files, You need to purchase sequencing software such as Cubase for your computer [I downloaded Finale Allegro 30-trial], download the latest USB-Midi driver here
http://www.global.yamaha.com/download/usb_midi/index.html, connect to the computer using a USB cable and then play the songs in real time into the software.

To record an audio or wave file, you will need to obtain an audio interface, such as the Yamaha Audiogram and plug into it via the instrument's headphone jack with an instrument cable. The interface comes with Cubase AI and you can use the software to record wave files, which can then be burned to a CD.

http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/ContentDetail/ModelSeriesDetail.html?CNTID=5024958

http://www.tweakheadz.com/how_to_get_started_with_midi.html

MIDI is made of Controller and Note DATA, not Audio.
MIDI, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a protocol developed in 1983 by major synthesizer manufacturers to allow one synth to play another remotely. They tried to figure out a way they could make a second synthesizer play by sending it control data from the first. They figured it out, and more! The developers quickly found out a computer could record and playback 16 channels of this data and it revolutionized the way music is produced. Then they discovered with the right hardware you can have several of these 16 channel bundles (or ports) all running at once. The implications were profound. Now one person could compose multi-part music all by themselves.

Understand that MIDI is NOT an audio signal<-The sound (or audio waveform) of the keyboard or module does not go down the MIDI cable, only these computer encoded "events" do. What is an "event?" It's all just numbers, man. But not the large blocks of numbers that make up an audio waveform. MIDI events are just ones and zeros that say when you pressed down which key (a note ON event), how hard you pressed it (velocity number), when you let the key up (a note OFF event), pressed the next key, moved a knob (controller data), changed a program (program change command). That is the basic point you have to fully understand. The cool thing is that all this MIDI data, once recorded, is fully, totally, completely editable, malleable, changeable, transformable, re-assignable, erasable, replaceable and it all happens on the edit screens of your sequencer.
Thank you,
JH
Yamaha PAC Support

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I've installed the midi driver and the musicsoft downloader, but all I can download is the bup file which is proprietorily unopenable. I've scoured pianoworld.com and yamaha-keyboard-guide.com and didn't find any answers; I just found my same question asked by many other users.

Dec 23, 2011
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If You're Just Trying To Copy The Music, There's A Much Easier Way
by: Jo

Since I'm on disability, I came up with a much easier way to utilize my keyboard for what I bought it for (making background music for YouTube videos).

Go to RadioShack. Get a 9" (22.8CM) Audio Y-Cable, 1/4" (6.3mm) Stereo Male to Dual RCA (Phono) Female. Borrow your son's X-Box cable (the one with the RCA plugs that have red, white and yellow plugs on both ends - one end should be plugged into the TV, the other the front of his X-Box).

Depending on your sound card you can do one of two things. If you have a sound card with AUDIO IN RCA plugs in the back, plug your new RadioShack Audio Y-Cable into the headphone output of your Yamaha DGX-230, plug your son's X-Box cables into the corresponding colors (red into red, white into white, forget the yellow) of your Y-Cable, plug the other side of the X-Box cables into your AUDIO IN RCA plugs on your sound card (again, match up the colors). It's very important that you ENSURE the Y-Cable your are purchasing has a STEREO MALE plug on it. They do have Mono Male plugs that will make your keyboard music sound horrible.

Open up GoldWave, or whatever audio program you record regular sound with, Click on "NEW" give yourself sufficient blank space to record the song as it plays, hit the record button and then make the song you saved on your Yamaha play. It records nicely, but the bass is a little heavy so I used the mixer in Goldwave to ease up on the base a little and highlight the treble a little more.

If you don't have a sound card with RCA Audio IN jacks on it, you should probably have a microphone jack somewhere that looks like a place to stick your iPod earplugs in. If this is the case, you'll need a 1/4" Stereo Male to a 1/8" Stereo Male cable. Follow the same instructions to record - the 1/4" Stereo Male end goes into your headphone jack in the back of your keyboard, the 1/8" Stereo Male cable goes into your microphone jack wherever that is located on your PC. It's frequently the pink jack on your audio card and may be found in the front of your PC.

If you're not getting sound from your keyboard, you need to open up your Windows Mixer (if you are using the sound card that came with the system). If you look over by the time in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen you should see a little gray speaker icon that says "Volume" when you mouse over it. If you did not buy a separate audio card, this volume area should have a mixer included. Simply find the "IN" slider and make sure the volume is maxed out (towards the top). Check to ensure the "Mute" box under the slider has not been checked. If you have mic jacks in the front and back of your PC, make sure you've selected the associated microphone jack to increase the volume on (it will say front or back).

I haven't figured out how to actually hear the music from the keyboard while it's recording, so I just watch the recording program and when I don't see anymore input I stop and save it to MP3.

Hope this helps someone. :D

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Saving files as SMF from the DGX 230

by Teresa
(Fredericksburg, VA)

My son just received a DGX 230. We cannot figure out how to save his recorded song from the keyboard to the computer as a SMF file. We can export a BUP file only.

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Jun 26, 2009
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did you find a solution?
by: Michelle

Hi. Did you ever find a solution? I'm trying to figure out how to find my .bup file on my pc. Thanks!

Dec 27, 2009
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Same problem
by: Junhalestone

I'm having the same problem - I can connec the keyboard fine, then the .bup file shows up, but not my user songs! Do I have to save them in a certain way?

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