Yamaha P-80 Middle D Key Problem

What would make the middle D key louder than the other keys when playing normal? Middle D does not always do this, but when it does it seems to sustain. Please advise.
Thanks
TB
Lafayette, La.

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Feb 10, 2010
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Key Problem
by: Alfred

Dear TB: Look for my submittal (Check Q & A title, and then to mention of Alfred). I believe it is there that you will find a description of my approach to Key Pad changing for a PSR 273. Most Yamaha Keyboards have the same type of setup. The only thing to be careful of is contact with any ststic-sensitive components on the PCB's. Good luck.

Feb 07, 2010
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Yamaha P 80 Middle D
by: Alfred

Dear TB: It is likely a keypad (underlay) problem. Changing underlay pads is a job for a qualified tech. unless you are a skilled DIY'er equipped with the right tools. Good luck.


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Yamaha P 80 Middle D
by: Alfred

Dear TB: It is likely a keypad (underlay) problem. Changing underlay pads is a job for a qualified tech. unless you are a skilled DIY'er equipped with the right tools. Good luck.


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How effectively amplify Yamaha P80 piano on stage?

by Andrzej Rejman
(Poland)

How effectively amplify Yamaha P80 piano on stage?
When I use Behringer or Roland budget (max $400) keyboard combos on stage they don't work very good - something lacks - brilliance, presence, the sound from these cannot be compared to the sound which can be heard thru headphones... I don't mean here the huge P.A. system, I would be happy with some kind of lightweight stage monitor which could reflect/keep/retain the real Yamaha sound.

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Feb 13, 2012
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Speaker for digital piano
by: Hans

I have a Yamaha P-80 and have been searching for a good speaker for a long time. Finally (after comparing several speakers) I bought an active speaker RCF ART 312A MKII (€ 479 at Bax-shop.nl) and I 'm very happy with it.

Jan 18, 2012
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Keyboard stage monitor
by: Alun in the TreeHouse

I may have miss-interpreted your question.

If you wish to generate a quality sound on stage from the keyboard and this sound is to effectively reach your fans/audience, then the following would apply:

If you are a keyboard player as part of a group than the actual stage sound has to be limited and the power sound is delivered through the Front of House Speakers.

If you are the only guy performing on stage then you can pump it out as loud as you like or what your audience can cope with.

Keyboard sounds are quite complex which is why they are so loved. Even a basic piano sound has many harmonics to it. An organ sound is very complex.

You need a speaker (or two) that can deliver a full rich sound. This requires a good size cabinet and a minimum of a 12" speaker and a horn in each cabinet. You will also need a quality amplifier that can produce a minimum of 400 watts RMS even if you do not have it loud you need the reserve power in the amp and large speakers to deliver a clean, undistored sound.

I personally rehearse with 2 x 15" combination speakers and a 16 channel mixer/amp (500W RMS) so it is easy to set up.

At live gigs I tri amp the front of house system with 1800W RMS to the 2 x 18" sub base woofwers. The mid range get 1200w RMS and the Horns get 800W RMS. There is also a stage monitor amp system which uses 5 x 15" wedge monitors.

I have compressor limiters in the system, a three way crossover, a main EQ also.

You can also get a quality / punchy sound out of your keyboard by also tweaking the mixer input channel tone controls to about 3 o'clock and a little more on the bass tone control. The mid tone control can be set a 12 o'clock or less if the sound is too warm.

I run all of my amps at full volume so that the power is always there when the tonal qualities are rquired. This does not nessicarily have to be loud but be careful when plugging or unplugging mikes and leads. Use the mute.

Good luck.



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Keyboard stage monitor
by: Alun in the TreeHouse

I use a keyboard on stage and oftem with high powered sound reinforcement. I also do vocals seperate from the keyboard.

I also use sub-base speakers.

So to monitor the sound from the keyboard (and also my voice) I have a good quality combination speaker mounted nearby. My favourite is a Wedge monitor on a stand.

The cabinet has a 12" and a Horn. The important feature is that it has it's own amp built in and it accepts a monitor out line level feed from the main audio mixer.

The monitor out mix has balance of the groups instruments including my keyboard. I find that I have the Keyboard and my voice (and backup vocalists) set faily high on the monitor and supported by the drums & bass.

The secret here is that I can easily reach over and adjust the overall volume of the monitor myself so that it is just right.

The monitor location needs to be directed from the front and to one side to avoid mic feedback if you are a vocalist too. Obviouslt you should be using s quality cardoid mic.

With the monitor mounted on a stand you do not need as much volume as you would if the speaker was on the floor. We used the same setup for our drummer too with a different monitor mix.

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Yamaha P-80 keyboard MIDI music to PC?

by Dan, lost in MIDI Hell
(MIDI HEll, Alabama)

How do I transfer a song that is recorded on track 1 of my Yamaha P-80 to my laptop so that I can make a CD of it? The very, very limited page in the P-80 manual doesn't go into all of the hidden steps!
I have been searching and reading and reading various websites and forums about this process, that many sites say is "so simple to do"!! There is way too much written that just does not provide the complete instruction for the dummies like me who do not know enough to understand that WHICH IS HIDDEN between the lines! I've read enough, I think, to understand that I need some kind of music software on my PC to "receive" the MIDI file, and then use it to transfer it into some format to then burn on a CD. So, I have Cakewalk Music Creator 5, because I read that it was a good starter software. I have a USB-MIDI cable that connects the keyboard to the PC. It has an LED that indicates power, and 2 other LEDs for MIDI-IN and MIDI-out activity. The tiny little note that came with it states that it is the "latest version" with a built-in driver. (what for?) The instructions tell me to connect the cable's MIDI-IN to the keyboard's MIDI-out, and the cable MIDI-OUT to the keyboard's MIDI-IN. ?? I've read on several websites about how to connect the cable to the keyboard ( with power off?) and then power on the keyboard, then plug the USB end into the laptop. With the MIDI ends connected to the keyboard, and no power, I see that the LED power light is off, then when I plug in the USB to the PC, the soundboard kind of "softly" burps, and the LED is on (RED). But nothing else happens, or no other message window opens to tell me that it recognizes that I have a source connected. I guess I expected for something like when you insert a DVD or CD. I've attempted to open CMC 5 and looked to see if it gives me location or source to find the MIDI files on the keyboard so that I could transfer them, but I can't see anything that indicates keyboard files are an option? So what piece is missing? Or what have I done wrong???
And what is the driver that is built into the USB-MIDI cable for?

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Apr 18, 2011
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Yamaha P80 to computer transfer
by: Gabi

hi, i have the same issues....any help is much appreciated. (gabi.boaba07@gmail.com)....thank you.

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P80 yamaha connecting to computer
by: Denisa

has anyone received an answer to the question? or is it a "dead" forum?...i haven't gotten an answer yet, and i'm waiting for some tips....thanks.

Apr 17, 2011
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Me too!
by: Tj

Hello,
I have the same keyboard (P-80) and would like your pc hookup/record instructions too!

Thank you.

My email is
JoClouder@Yahoo.com

Tj

Apr 10, 2011
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Me too on P 140
by: Pierre

I want to transfer the songs I recorded on a DAW like Protools or Reason. When I use the music downloader software from Yamaha , I cant see the user files I want to transfer , they are hidden. Only backup file is available.
Please help , as it is the main reason I bought this Piano : Record and transfer to PC.
Many thanks : pyharel@intnet.mu

Apr 01, 2011
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Same problem with p95
by: Baráiste

I am having the same issue. Everything that is being said above I am aware of.

I would realy apreciate if yo ucould send me the simple instructions.
Thanks

barrymcster
@
gmail

Thanks in advance
Baráiste

Feb 11, 2011
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I have same problem too!
by: Anonymous

Hi Dick,

kindly share the instructions to me too.

My email is rairabin@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance!

Rabin

Jan 25, 2011
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Same proble-transfer from P80 to Toshiba laptop
by: Denisa

hi, i am trying to do the same thing, but am not sure how to do that. any information would be very much appreciated. thanks. (gabi.boaba07@gmail.com)

Jan 16, 2011
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recording to make CD
by: Dick Rector

Dan, you make it so complicated.
You don't want to transfer MIDI to make a CD.
Midi is NOT music but a sort of computer-language.
You want to transfer MUSIC.
Send me your mailaddress and I will send you a step by step EASY to understand letter.
It is very simple and fun to do.

dick.rector.spainATgooglemail.com (change AT for @)

Dick

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Opening up a Yamaha P-80 keyboard

by scott
(Ontario)

Which screws on the back do I undo to open up a yamaha P-80
keyboard.

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Nov 03, 2009
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Opening up the P 80
by: Alfred

Dear Scott: Before proceeding, read posts by Dick Rector, Mantius and me. The posts are in the main page of the Q & A title to the left of this message. What you are contemplating is not advised.

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Yamaha P-80 keyboard

by Vgking
(Durham, NC)

My keyboard will not power up with the on button.

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Dec 17, 2009
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Yamaha P 80 No Power
by: Alfred

Dear VgKing: Several possibilities to check are:

Adaptor, Adaptor Jack, Batteries, Battery Contacts, Power Switch, Wall Outlet.

Assuming problems originate in the same order:
Replace Adaptor, Have Jack checked by qualified Technician, Install new Batteries, Clean Battery Contacts, Have Power Switch checked by qualified Technician, Use different House Outlet.

Please understand the above are preliminary checks only, and are the most obvious offenders. Hopefully your problem will be remedied without the need for a qualified Technician.

Please post a follow-up message in this Forum if the info helps. Good luck.

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Yamaha P-80 Middle D Problem

Dear Alfred,
Thanks for the info. Years back I had a PF-85. I changed the contact strip myself as I had to fairly often because I tend to play hard. Is the procedure for correcting the P-80 harder than changing the contact strip on the PF-85?
Thanks
TB

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Feb 11, 2010
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Yamaha P 80 Middle D Problem
by: Alfred

Dear TB: See my follow-up comment piggy-backed to your original query. Regards.

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Yamaha P-80 Sustain Pedal

by Bo Ayars
(Portland, OR)

Where can I find a sustain pedal for the Yamaha P-80? Newer pedals don't work. Thanks in advance...

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Feb 17, 2010
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Sustain Pedal for P80
by: Alfred

Dear Bo: Following earlier post, try Googling
"Vintage Parts for Yamaga P 80" Happy hunting.

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Sustain Pedal for P80
by: Alfred

Dear Bo: Quick sweep of Internet yielded no quick answser. Suggest you try, taking more careful look. Good luck.

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Yamaha P80 broken key

by Rick
(Dayton Ohio)

Ist of all, i am qualified to replace the Key. The C key below middle c is broker at the top. So i switched it with bottom lowest c and will play away avoiding that note.
I love the P80,this is perfect for what I do and my pc gives me all the bells and whistles I need.My question is can you tell me where i might find a replacement key to get me back to 88.
Thanks!
Rick F

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Jan 17, 2010
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Broken Key Yamaha P 80
by: Alfred

Dear Rick: Google Yamaha.com and thread your way to their Parts Dept. They should have the
replacement Key. Come back to this Forum if we can be of further help. We would like to know if this suggestion works out. Good luck and keep well. Thanks.

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Yamaha P-80 Sticking keys

by Rob H
(Springfield, VA)

I have a P-80 which has sticking keys. I am thinking about fixing it myself...wondering how to access the keys.

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Jul 19, 2011
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Yamaha Recall
by: Anonymous

The P-80's have a known problem with breaking keys that stick! They have been re-called by Yamaha! I had the same problem. Contact Yamaha imediately as it requires the entire keyboard to be replaced. There is a window inside which it is done for free for you. Until recently both parts and labour were free. now it is just parts which are free... eventually it will be phased out altogther and you will have to repaire at your own cost so get in touch with Yamaha in your country immediately!!!!

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Sticking keys
by: Dick Rector

Hi Rob,

If nothing sticking is spilled on the keys, try to use canned air-spray to blow dirt away followed by a good vacuumcleaning.
Use a drinking-straw to blow VERY LITTLE foot- or babypowder between and under the bandit keys, that works as a lubricant.
NEVER use anything on an oilbase, that will ruin your keyboard forever.

Regards
Dick

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Yamaha PF80 suddenly powers off

by mark
(goleta calif)

Electronic piano, yamaha pf80, 88 velocity-sensitive, weighted keys, bought new 1985-6 (NOT A P-80)

Push in the power button to turn on, and the piano works fine. After about 2 or 3 minutes, it powers off abruptly - as if it had been unplugged. Cycle the power button (push it in twice), and the piano plays as normal, but then it cuts out again, the second time after maybe 30 seconds to a minute. After subsequent restarts, it stays on for shorter lengths of time.

The piano is otherwise in near-perfect condition: all the keys and functions buttons work, MIDI and 1/4" input/output jacks are solid, internal speakers work.

The nearest Yamaha repair shop is 40 miles away, and they want a $60 bench fee just to look at it. I can't risk that much (time, effort & money) just to find out it's not worth fixing.

Perhaps the power supply unit (built in, not the cord-adapter-plug type) has gone bad. Is there a way I could determine that at home? I'm no electronics wizard, but if I knew it was the PSU and could find the part, I might try to replace it myself.

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Mar 30, 2015
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I have the same problem but with P80
by: Anonymous

Have you solved your problem ? You can contact me at deejaymental@outlook.com

Jan 24, 2011
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same issue yamaha pf80 (fixed)
by: Anonymous

Hello i had the same issue over here,

they fixed it for 15 euro..
not that bad:)

it's worthed the time and money for sure!!!
if you got a yamaha pf80 in good shape,
you are a blessed man:p

pay them some money and you will be happy!

Best regards,

Alberts.

Aug 23, 2010
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Sporadic Power - Yamaha PF80
by: Alfred

Dear Mark: Your detailed description POSSIBLY points to a defective component in the PSU, as you have stated. Most components in the circuit consist of caps.and resistors, and the defect could be a leaking cap. or a resistor which heats-up-cools down-returns to normal for a short time etc.etc. Note I?ve not mentioned any IC?s or other Solid State parts. I can understand the urge to try a DIY repair, and IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THE ADEQUATE TOOLS, TEST EQUIPMENT and are handy, I?d say why not. You?d have to access and identify which components are faulty, then contact oaktreevintagesales.com which specializes in vintage parts for Keyboards/Pianos. Give the model of your unit. I?m not aware if they sell individual PSU components, but you have nothing to lose. If they can?t help, an alternative is to check on Ebay or Craigs? List for a used ACCEPTABLE replacement. In the former case, make sure you bid on a unit which is guaranteed to be working, includes a return option..

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Procedure for correcting key problem on Yamaha P-80

In Feb I got an answer to my question about a problem i was having. Alfred responded. But, i am not clear on how to locate the procedure. I am new to this site. If alfred or someone can send me step by step instructions for getting to his procedure, I would be very grateful.
Thanks
Tony

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Mar 28, 2010
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contact pads
by: Dick Rector

Hi Tony,

If it is the contact pads Alfred mentioned and you know what you are doing by opening a keyboard go to psrtutorial.com and do a bit of searching. A few months ago someone wrote a good article with pictures and step by step "How to change the contact-pads" or something similar. I think it was for a PSR 3000 (look in that blog) but it is more or less the same for other models.
But don't open your keyboard if it is just guessing what you do, very easy to ruin it forever that way.
Leave it to a prof in that case, better safe than sorry.
Hope you solve the problem.
Dick

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P 80 Key Problem
by: Alfred

Dear Tony: Sorry, forgot to identify myself in earlier posting.

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Yamaha P 80 Key Problem
by: Anonymous

Dear Tony: If you originally signed your question "TB", I apologize for having caused any doubt. As I remember, your question is related to changing the underlay pad. If so, please read my contribution dated Feb 9 by going to the Q & A title to the left of this message, and link to "Yamaha Keyboard Forum Guidelines & Positive Suggestions". Read my description and KEEP IN MIND it is for a PSR 273 AND NOT a P 80. Use it as a GUIDE ONLY. I hope it will help you, and if any furthrt doubt(s) exist, please do not hesitate to contact me through this Forum. Some other member may submit more specific info, or I will be happy to assist you further. Keep well.

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How to replace the end cap on a Yamaha P80

by Bob T
(FL)

I have a new right end cap to replace the broken one on my Yamaha P80. How does one get the piano apart, in order to screw the end cap on to the metal interior metal plate on the right end? Thank you.

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Oct 04, 2011
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Replacing end cap for a P80
by: Anonymous

Turning the keyboard upside down, you remove 3 screws on one side, 4 one the other, and 5 along the rear of the keyboard. The main case will then slide off (be careful of the wires that will remain connected). You should now have access to the end cap, and the screws which hold it in place.

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how to change contact strip - Yamaha P80

by William
(New Zealand)

how to change contact strip on a P80 Yamaha cause it's faulty.

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Jun 03, 2010
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contact pads
by: Dick Rector

Hi William,

I am not familiar with the P80 and not sure it is the same construction as other keyboards using contactstrips BUT if you know what you are doing opening up your piano:
Go to PSRTUTORIAL.COM an look under PSR3000. Some time ago someone wrote a detailed article complete with clear pictures how to do it.

Hope this guides you a bit.
Regards
Dick

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Yamaha P 80 Contact Strip
by: Alfred

Dear William: I'm assuming you mean the rubber underlay contact strip, and would suggest you contact......
Yamaha Music Australia Pty., Ltd.
Level 1, 99 Queensbridge Street, Southbank
Victoria 3006, Australia
Tel: (61) 3-9693-5111 Fax: (61) 3-9699-2332
.......to see if they can help. Thanks for contacting this Forum, and please return with comments/questions if we can assist in any other way. Keep well and good luck.

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Music Stand for P-80 Digital Piano

by Sue
(NY, NY)

I would like to know what music stand I could purchase for my p-80 electric piano. Thanks.

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Mar 09, 2009
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ask yourself these questions first
by: Anonymous

You can purchase any keyboard music stand that is strong enough to hold the weight of your p-80. There are so many different stands around, some more practical than others. You need to ask yourself a few questions:

- Do you want to use your stand holding two keyboards (now or in the future). On my stand the bars for the second keyboard are already attached and can be folded down if you don't use them.
- Will you play gigs with it? If so, it should be easily foldable but sturdy at the same time. I'd advise you to get a double x frame for sturdiness.
- Look at how you can adjust the height. There are systems with pins you have to pull out, which I find slightly uncomfortable. I have a stand where two cogs with teeth join together and you can pull them apart with a handle. I can really recommend this.

Go to a shop with lot's of choice. Good luck!

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Keyboard Stand for P80
by: Steve

I bought mine online from 'Musicians Friend'

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/OnStage-Stands-Pro-Platform-Keyboard-Stand?sku=450384

It is sturdy and can be dismantled easily.
I would recommend it for home/stage work

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How to transfer a song saved on my Yamaha P80 to PC midi format?

by Markus
(Paris, France)

Hello all!

I managed to connect my P80 to a regular PC - midi in and out works just fine, and I can record songs I play live to a midi format.

However, I have two songs I had saved on the the P80's two track positions. It seems impossible to be connected via midi to the PC and play the two tracks so they can be recorded by the PC...

Help?

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Apr 10, 2010
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midi channels
by: Dick Rector

Hello Markus,

Have a look at the midi-settings in your keyboard and PC.
It seems not all the channels 'communicate' with each other. Normally they can be set 'per channel' or to ALL channels.
Hope this solves your problem.

Dick

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Older Yamaha P-80 music to PC?

by Dan in MIDI Hell
(MIDI Hell, Alabama)

Okay, I've been floundering for about a week. I have a Yamaha P-80 "Electronic" piano (or so it says on the manual) that has a song I recorded on track 1. I like my playing and version a lot, and want to transfer it to my PC so I can make a CD of it for a friend. Granted, this keyboard is about 11 years old. The P-80's manual is rather skimpy on detail for "connecting to a PC", and technology has changed a bit/lot. (The cable it recommended to use for this was an 8-pin-->9-pin "PC-2 cable".) I couldn't find a plug/slot that looked like that on my Dell Inspiron. Most laptops now have various USB connections. Yamaha's website is sooooo global that one can't find the bathroom...at least not in time! Actually it takes a while to maneuver to the really correct and appropriate page, because there's so much that sounds appropriate, and so many links that sound like "Oh, that's the one I need to click on!". And then I get there and find that the page is about motorcycles!? (well maybe not) So after searching and reading on the Yamaha site, and then on many of the various-related sites that "instruct" on how EASY it is to do this, I purchased a USB MIDI cable. And I understood that besides my "device" or keyboard, and my laptop, and a USM MIDI cable, I also needed the most current driver on my laptop, and some music software to use to "receive" and "manipulate" the MIDI music file. The search for the driver started out okay, because they all said it was downloadable from the Yamaha site. But when I find it, I have trouble downloading it. What's new? After wasting lots of time, I decided to put that on hold and search for software. Yamaha's site also "suggested" some, but again I had trouble. I looked around at other sites. Some writers even suggested and provided links to their recommendations. Some were expensive! Some were supposed to be free. But the worst problem is when one "googles" on some term like "Yamaha driver download" and one gets some completely OTHER company who sells something they call something similar to that name (like Professor Yamaha's Driver Updater)!! It was the same with searching for music software. Many sites had good partial things to say, but no one seems to give the really complete, step-by-step process for those of us who are not savvy enough to understand what is hidden between the lines. Because no one writes it ALL. SO. Here's what I have and think I understand. My Yamaha P-80 has a MIDI-in and MIDI-out connection. It also has a "Host Select" switch that has 4 positions: MIDI, PC1, PC2, and Mac. I have a USB MIDI cable. I now have purchased Cakewalk Music Creator 5 and it is installed on my laptop. The very tiny instruction page for the cable tells me it is the latest and has a built-in driver! Whee. It also explained I should connect the cable's IN plug into the keyboard's MIDI-out, and the cable's OUT plug into the keyboard's MIDI-in, which I have done. The cable has 3 LEDs, one red for power, and one for IN and one for OUT. Nothing lights when it is just connected to the keyboard. But when I plug the USB end into my laptop, the red power does light up. So I think that's a good sign. I've read through the very detailed Cakewalk online manual and gathered more info, but still pieces are missing. I've attempted many tries to see if I could record, or transfer my music to my PC, and I just do not get it. First back to the Host Select switch on the keyboard. The Yamaha manual page tells us to set the switch to the PC2 position. (And then makes any other necessary adjustments for software on the laptop.) With the cable connected to keyboard and PC, neither of the LED for In or OUT light up at all when I place the switch in PC1, PC2 or Mac. But the cable IN light comes on and blinks when I place it in the MIDI position. Also, with this same switch setting, I go to Cakewalk and click on creating a NEW file. This is where it gets a bit more muddy. What am I doing here? Am I creating new Audio track? Am I attempting to add a new MIDI track? What? Under Options in Cakewalk I go to MIDI Devices, and I see that I have USB MIDI as a choice for Input, and one for Output. They are selected as my choices. So when I go back to my blank track, I select the Record option on it, and check the volume, and then I get ready click on the Record button. I do that and then start my recorded piano song on the keyboard. It looks like something is recording! because it shows me a different color for that section on the track timebar. But when I stop it after about 20 seconds and try to play it back I hear nothing.
I've done this numerous times, trying various settings, on all the hardware and keyboards, and in Cakewalk. So, Im very frustrated at this point. I've been yelling at my partner, at my dogs, and at the SNOW, that is still piled up outside in my driveway!! Help.

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Aug 16, 2011
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p80 info
by: Anonymous

stop your pains...you cann transfer your recorded p80 track 1 or 2 on a pc via a midi cable using the cakewalk function "receive bulk data dump"..read the p80 manual, i don't remember the exact procedure..once you have done this and you have the p80 track 1 dump file on the pc, the surprise......the dump file ISN'T a midi file...so it is UNUSEFUL...i am writing a little converter to transform the data dump file in a midi file...but it takes me too much time so i don't know when i ultimate this project
Note1: remember that you must switch on the p80 for almost one time in 15 days, else p80 erase the track you record
Note2: yamaha like all major productors tend to make close format their machine so they force you to buy much and much more...so pay attention
Note3: read carefully the p80 manual
bye

Jun 25, 2011
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Still struggling with moving track 1 over to a computer
by: David BRUCE

Dick, tried what you suggested but still cannot get Track 1 recorded on my p80 over to my mac. (I also tried it on logic pro - I can get real time recording from my P80 but not what I pre-recorded on Track 1.) Grateful for any suggestions - dsbruce@rocketmail.com

Apr 24, 2011
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in 2011 is'till difficult MIDI and PC
by: Max

Don't know if you managed to solve your problem. I also have a P-80 Yamaha. What I did is to purchase a USB MIDI adapter from Yamaha, the UX-16 model. I also got a software program that can receive the MIDI information from the P-80. I did both in WInblows and in Linux. With Linux is easier: I installed a program called JACK and tested the demo version of PianoTeq. So, step-by step: Both PC and keyboard must be power off. Conect the UX-16 cable in the computer and keyboard. Turn on computer first, then the keyboard. A redlight in the UX-16 should be visible. IN linux,start JACK software, then start the demo of Pianoteq. Jack should connect Pianoteq to the keyboard. A green light in UX-16 should appear. If you play the keyboard, sound will come out from the computer speakers. In winblows, you need a driver for UX, also the ASIO driver. For capture midi, I don't know yet which program is best, but there a several in open source. Hope this helps.

Jan 16, 2011
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recording to make CD
by: Dick Rector

Headphones out keyboard to line in on the pc and download for free AUDACITY.
Thats all.

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hard reset function on a Yamaha Pf-80 keyboard

Can you tell me if there is a hard reset for a Yamaha pf 80 keyboard? My keyboard plays consistently sharp for some reason. Please advise.

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Aug 22, 2010
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tuning
by: mark

Have you accidentally detuned it using the mode function switch?

There is a "Tune" feature, allowing you to fine-tune the piano in 1-cent increments (a "cent" is 1/100 of a semitone or half-step), either sharp or flat, which is indicated on the display by a plus or minus sign followed by a number (e.g. +50 would be a quarter-tone sharp) when you are in Tuning mode. A setting of "O" is standard A=440 tuning.

If you set the tuning back to zero and your piano is still not playing the correct pitches, you may have also accidentally changed the key it plays in. The "Transpose" feature is sort of like putting a capo on a guitar (except the pf80 can transpose either up or down in pitch). It allows you to, for example, make the "white keys" play the scale of Db Major (or any other major key).

Since your piano may be either de-tuned or both de-tuned and transposed, I suggested correcting the transposition first, then correcting the tuning. (Be certain to follow these instructions in EXACT order or this procedure may not work.)

Make sure your piano and speakers are on, and no keys are depressed.

STEP 1 Resetting transposition to "C":
Set the MODE switch to F1.
Press selector button 2.
Press the MIDDLE C key once and release;
this should not produce a tone! Your piano is now set in its native key, but it may still be de-tuned. Continuing ...

STEP 2 Resetting Tuning to A=440:
With the MODE switch on F1
Press selector button 1
Look at the display. If the number is greater than zero, the piano is tuned sharp. If it's a negative number, the piano is flat. To lower the number/pitch, tap or hold down selector button 9. (Play one note on the keyboard repeatedly to hear the pitch change as you tune.) To raise the pitch, use selector button 10. Remember, the difference between each key is 100 cents. The ear can scarcely detect a change of less than 3 or 4 cents.

If you performed step one correctly, and your tuning is set to 0, your piano should be in tune. If it isn't, consult your manual and try the whole thing again. If it still isn't in tune, maybe there is some defect in the electronics, but now you now know how to de-tune it to match other instruments, even if you have to transpose your piano down to the key of B and then tune it sharp by a few dozen cents!

For more information consult your user manual.
http://www2.yamaha.co.jp/manual/pdf/emi/english/synth/PF80E.PDF

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Yamaha P80 Help {oh no not again}

by Rick Fisher
(Beavercreek Oh USA)

Yahama was great in responding to my issues.
But now I have another problem and the following
was an e-mail I send on 3/01/2010

I was contacted by Yamaha after explaining the issues I'm having with my P80 piano. I was given 2 locations to have all the keys replaced under warranty.
I finally found time to take it to Dayton Musicians Service, 1819 Wyoming Street. 937-253-5377. I was advised by them that without a authorization from
Yamaha they could not perform any warranty service. They also advised me that the repair would take 4 weeks. I was never given a authorization number and
I do not have a telephone number or person to contact at Yamaha to resolve the problem. Don’t you think that 4 weeks is excessive since I can replace the keys
in 2 hours. My next step I believe is to have you contact me again with a warranty authorization number and also the other authorized location to see
how timely they can make the repairs. I can not have this piano out for 4 weeks because of engagements already under contract. I can also replace the keys
if that would be acceptable. Thanks for your help and support.
I will tell you i am very pleased with Yamaha
and there answer to the key problems. So hope you
help!
Thanks
Rick F

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Mar 14, 2010
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Yamaha P 80 Help
by: Alfred

Dear Rick: Yamaha Keyboard Guide has no affiliation with Yamaha.

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/COMMENTS REGARDING ELECTRONIC PIANO & KEYBOARD PROBLEMS.

Sorry we cannot be of any help. Thanks anyway for contacting us.

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Sound from the Yamaha P-80 piano

Why is there no sound coming from the Yamaha P-80 piano? I hear the piano when I plug in the headphones to the jack but without the headphones there is no sound. Why is that?

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Feb 23, 2011
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Yamaha P-80 has no internal speaker
by: Tom

The P-85 has built-in speakers. The P-80 does not. If you want to hear it you must either use headphones, or connect it to external amplifier and speaker(s). If you decide to buy a stage amp/speaker, make usre you get one that is designed for an electric piano. Guitar amps (and especially bass guitar amps) are not suitable, and will produce a very un-piano like sound.

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My Yamaha P80 distorts

by Jakob Granath
(Sweden)

I bought new studio monitors (genelec 1029a), in order to ensure good hearing when playing my P80. However, when testing my new "rig", I discovered that the piano sound was distorting, especially when playing hard on the keyboard. I shifted and tried a P250, in which case there was no problem, why I am suspecting some defect on my P80. Is there someone out there that has experienced this problem, and also has come up with a solution?

The keayboard on my P80 has also become a bit "metallic" in the feeling, i.e. when hitting a key it is not as smooth as it once was. Can this maybe have something to do with the output, i.e. that a hard strike leads to too high signal which in turn leads to the distortion?

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Mar 22, 2010
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Yamaha P 80 vs P 250
by: Alfred

Dear Jakob: Just a thought. I'm not familiar with either of your two keyboards. Is it possible that the fidelity of your new monitors is "showing up" the age of the P 80? The 'feel" of the keys may be an indication that the underlay pads may be wearing out.

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Yamaha P-80 MIDI trouble

by Alan Douglass
(Cleveland, OH USA)

My Yamaha P-80 piano has recently stopped sending MIDI information. I've ruled out bad cables and, when I opened the case, saw no wiring trouble. I've been advised that I'm out of luck if it's a problem with the MIDI board because Yamaha has no replacements. Is that true?

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ho can i reset the voice of yamaha pf 80 NEW
by: charles

pls i have a challenge, i just got a yamaha pf 80 piano but i am finding it difficult to reset the voice as all the octaves are having different funny voices. someone help me out pls

Mar 29, 2011
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Yamaha P-80 MIDI trouble
by: Alan Douglass

This is obviously a problem Yamaha needs to address. First my action needs to be rep[laced because they used the wrong lubricant on the moving parts, and now this. I have an old, beat-up Roland JX8P from 1984 that still has working MIDI!

Mar 29, 2011
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Same here...
by: Tom C

Same problem here :( MIDI IN and Sustain still work, just nothing coming out... Was working yesterday.

Took a look inside nothing obvious, all connections between the midi socket and the daughter board seem fine.

Mar 03, 2010
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midi out -- host select
by: Anonymous

same here fyi, my midi out no longer works -- wondering if it would work if I connect it to the Mac using a serial cable and setting "host select" to Mac (since Midi doesnt work)?

Jan 13, 2010
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Midi transfer
by: Dick Rector

Hi Alan,

Only Yamaha or one of their many outlets can give you an answer about that. Please understand that the volunteers on this forum are amateur or prof-players-users if it comes to keyboards and have nothing to do with the factory's as such (as far as I know!).

Now your problem: I think your midi-controller-chip has had it when I listen to your comment. Unless you have the right equipment and knowledge the best advice is to take it to an authorized dealer or repair-person to check it out.

Regards
Dick


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