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Using the Free Yamaha Chord Tracker App with Your Clavinova

Record audio wirelessly and share the sound of your CVP-700-series Clavinova using your iPhone®/iPad®.

Yamaha has created a great app that can be used to wirelessly record and send audio files to your friends and family! Chord Tracker is available free of charge from the App Store for use on your iPhone or iPad. In his article, we’ll describe how to combine the power of Chord Tracker with your Yamaha CVP-700 Series Clavinova to share your sound.

Start by installing the Buffalo wireless LAN into the USB port under your CVP-705/709. If your router is a long distance from your Clavinova and your signal is not sufficiently strong, a UD-WL01 wireless USB LAN adapter can enhance your range. This adapter can also be used in the upper USB port. If you have a CVP-701, you will need a UD-WL01 to use this app wirelessly.

The specific instructions are outlined below for the different CVP-700 models:

For CVP-705/709, follow these steps

  • Touch the “Menu” icon from the Home screen.
  • Touch the display to go to page 2 of the icons.
  • Touch the “Wireless LAN” icon.
  • In Infrastructure mode, your Clavinova will begin to search for wireless networks – touch the desired network:

  • Touch the “Password” area in the display.
  • Enter your network password.
  • Touch “Connect.”
  • When your Clavinova has been successfully connected to your network, a green icon saying “Connected” will appear in the upper right corner of the display:

  • Three bars is a strong connection, the dot is a weak connection (if too weak, you may need to use the UD-WL01 Wireless LAN – see instructions below).
  • Return to the Home screen.

For the CVP701, insert the UD-WL01 wireless LAN into the USB port and follow these steps to connect to your network:

  • Press the function button.
  • Use the Tab button to tab over to page 2 of the menu.
  • Press letter “H” to select Wireless LAN.
  • If you do not see the names of any wireless networks, you may need to turn your Clavinova off and back on for your LAN to pick up the networks in your home (once back on, redo the first three steps above).
  • Infrastructure mode will allow you to connect both your CVP and your iOS® device to your home network.
  • Once you see the name of the network you wish to connect to, use the cursors next to the screen to select it.
  • Press the bottom of cursor 8 to connect.
  • Enter your network password if prompted to do so.
  • Once connected, the wireless icon next to the selected network will be green.
  • Press exit and start the setup to your iOS device, as follows:

Instructions for your iPhone or iPad:

  • In your iOS device, tap “Settings” and make sure your device is connected to the same network as your Clavinova.
  • Force quit all other apps that are open to avoid any interference.
  • Launch the Chord Tracker app.
  • Under the Instrument heading, tap “No Connection” if a pop-up window does not appear displaying your Clavinova model.
  • Select your model number once it shows in the display:

  • Now the Instrument area should show your model number (instead of “No Connection”).
  • Tap “Recording.”
  • Next to “New Recording” you will see a red button to start recording.
  • Tap this icon and start playing your Clavinova (you can also record your music ahead of time in the Clavinova, then just press “Play” in the Song Control area for the song you wish to record wirelessly into Chord Tracker).
  • When finished, tap the same icon (which is now “stop”):

  • After pressing Stop, the device will show you a title that has a date and time when the recording was made – you can edit this title if you like, then press “Save”
  • Your recording will now be saved in the Recording folder of this iOS device.
  • To email or share your recording, select the song you wish to share.
  • Tap the Share (upload) icon while in the “Recording” folder:

  • For email, tap the mail icon and just add the email address. (You can also store the recording in other locations, such as Dropbox® and iCloud®; your file is saved as an M4A audio file that the recipient can play.)

An added bonus is that after you have recorded your music, Chord Tracker will display the chords for the song you just recorded!

Note that if your internet signal is weak, the instrument and iOS device may not connect. You can also set your Clavinova to “ADHOC mode” to create a network only between the instrument and your device:

On the CVP-705/709

  • Touch “Menu” from the Home Screen.
  • Touch page 2 of the menu.
  • Touch the “Wireless LAN” icon.
  • Touch “Mode.”
  • The instrument will display “Changing to ADHOC mode. Continue?” – touch “Yes.”
  • Return to the Home screen:

On the CVP-701

  • Press the Function button.
  • Use the Tab button to tab over to page 2 of the menu.
  • Press letter H to select Wireless LAN.
  • Press the bottom of cursor 3 or 4 where Mode Change is displayed.
  • The display will change to AD HOC mode.
  • Press Initialize using cursor 5 or 6.
  • Press Exit.

If you are in AD HOC mode, here are the instructions for sending your files from your iOS device:

  • Force quit all open apps to avoid interference.
  • Go to “Settings” and select Wi-Fi. (You may have to turn Wi-Fi off and back on again if the Device list does not populate.)
  • Under Devices, you will see your CVP listed – select your instrument.
  • Your device will tell you “Not connected to the Internet.”
  • Select “Join anyway.”
  • Launch the Chord Tracker app.
  • Under the Instrument heading, touch “No Connection” if a pop-up window does not appear displaying your Clavinova model.
  • Select your model number once it shows in the display.
  • Continue as above and once your device has a live internet connection, the email with your uploaded file will be sent!

For further information, you may wish to download the Reference Manual for your CVP Clavinova.

Just enter your model number, select search, and download the appropriate PDF. Wireless LAN information can be found on pages 101-102 for CVP-709/705, and pages 92-93 for CVP-701.

Now you can enjoy sharing your creations with friends and family – wirelessly!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

From a young age, Lori has enjoyed sharing her love of the marvels of electronic keyboard instruments with everyone. Through this passion, she has been able to build and oversee the popular Yamaha Clavinova Festival (www.clavinovafestival.com) over the past two decades. Lori is also involved with several other Yamaha marketing programs, including “Say Yes to Music After School” and Sam’s Clubs Piano Roadshows. Currently a consultant to the Yamaha Institute of Music and Wellness (www.yamahainstitute.org), Lori delights in bringing the benefits of music-making to many people who never thought it was even possible to play an instrument. She resides in the Southwest with her husband Skip and her basset hound puppy, Beasley.

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