Your CVP Clavinova has many fun features that allow you to record and share your music with friends and family. The Clavinova has the ability to record in several formats, including standard MIDI files, MP3s (five different resolutions) and WAV files for CD-quality recording. Because these last two are audio formats, you can even add vocals to your recordings!
A standard MIDI file is always where I start, as these files can be easily edited, allowing you to perfect your composition before adding your vocals. Depending on your arrangement, you may choose to do a “quick record” of one of the many styles available on your CVP.
For quick recording, begin by setting up all the desired parts, style type, tempo, main voice, etc. Then press “Rec” in the song control area and select “New Midi” from the display. Once you start to play, the recording begins. When finished, save your creation to a flash drive or the internal User drive.
If you need to, you can always record your performance a little slower and then speed it back up before adding vocals. To make these changes to your MIDI file, do the following:
If you plan to share this file on social media or email it to friends and family, you will probably want to save it in an MP3 format. To set the Clavinova output to the desired audio format:
Once you have your audio format selected, the fun can begin! Plug in the microphone and load in the MIDI file to which you want to add your vocal part. Press “Play” in the song control area and use your balance controls, as well as the microphone volume control, to adjust the balance between your voice and the music. When you’re ready to add your vocals, insert a USB flash drive. (You must have a flash drive installed to record anything audio.) Use a flash drive no larger than 16GB, but make sure it has plenty of room available for your recording.
From the Main display, touch the right side of the screen to display the song titles. Since you have just been adjusting balances, the song you are adding your vocals to is already selected:
Now it’s time to hear your creation! With the USB drive inserted, touch the song area in the display and select the tab labeled Audio. Select your song title and press “Play” in the Song Control area. If you need to re-record, just load your MIDI file again and repeat the process. That’s all there is to it!