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Recording a Favorite Song and Adding Your Vocals

Turning your CVP into a world-class recording studio.

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 the Clavinova is able to record in these audio formats, you can 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” that includes using one of the many wonderful styles on your CVP.

For quick recording, set up all the desired parts, style type, tempo, main voice, etc. Press “Rec” in the song control area, and then 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 speed it up before adding the vocals. To make these changes to your MIDI file, you can do the following:

  • Use the tempo buttons on the left of the Clavinova control panel to adjust the tempo of the song to your liking
  • You can listen to the song while adjusting the tempo
  • When the perfect tempo is found, press “Stop” in the song control area – this must be done prior to resaving the file, as we are changing the “Set up” message
  • Touch “Menu” from the home screen, go to page 2 of the icons, and touch “Song Creator”:

  • Touch the display where you see the word “Set up” – notice all the choices that can be saved to the start of your MIDI file – be sure tempo is checked, and press “Execute”:

  • After this is complete, touch “Close”
  • To save the song that now has the new tempo, touch the download icon at the top of the page, and select where you wish to save the file (User or USB) – touch “Save Here,” and name your file
  • It is advisable to name your new song file with a different title, as it’s always a good idea to leave the original MIDI file as it was – just in case you want to make other changes at a different time
  • If you have to make any changes to the microphone settings, these will need to be saved using this same procedure prior to recording your vocal parts – make sure “Vocal Harmony/Mic setting” is checked on the Set-up page of the Song Creator prior to executing the change

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:

  • Touch the “Menu” icon from the Main display
  • Go to the second page of the icons
  • Touch the “Song Setting” icon:

  • Touch “Rec”
  • Select page 2
  • Select your desired Audio format -MP3 256 has a great result, and is usually small enough to email
  • Press “Home” to return to the home screen

Once you have your audio format selected, the fun can begin! Plug in the microphone, and load in the MIDI file where you wish 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 song you’ll be singing. Insert a USB flash drive. You must have a flash drive installed to record anything audio. Be sure to use a flash drive no larger than 16GB. Have plenty of room available on the flash drive for your recording.

From the Main display, touch the right side of the screen to display the song titles. As you have already been working with your balances, the song that you are adding your vocals to has already been selected:

  • In the lower left corner of the “Song” menu, touch the arrow next to “File”
  • You will notice that the song title you are working with is checked – if it is not, it needs to be
  • Touch the icon for audio – it looks like a squiggly line (a sound wave pattern):

  • Touch “Convert”
  • Your song will begin playing, and you may add your vocals at this point – anything you sing will be added to your previously recorded song
  • When the song is done playing, it will automatically save to the USB drive in the Audio folder with the same song title as your MIDI file

Now you’ll want to hear your creation. With the USB inserted, touch the song area in the display, 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!


From a young age, Lori has enjoyed sharing her love of the marvels of electronic keyboard instruments with everyone. With this passion, Lori has been able to build and oversee the ever- popular Yamaha Clavinova Festival ( since her start with Yamaha in 1997. Lori also oversees several other Yamaha marketing programs, including: “Say Yes to Music After School”, and Sam’s Clubs Piano Road-shows. Joining the Clavinova Connection team in 2004, Lori has enjoyed bringing the amazement and wellness benefits of music making to many people who never thought it was even possible to play an instrument. She receives great satisfaction sharing this wonderful program throughout the United States, especially with the medical, health and wellness community. Also, she is currently a consultant to the ...

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