I got my kid a digital piano for Christmas. It's Yamaha Arius YDP-142.
Of course, before purchased, I spent time Online researching the piano. One of the things I wanted to know was if the Arius YDP-142 was going to work with GarageBand.
There were no results on Google or at least there was nothing helpful regarding my question. Not a big deal though. The primary purpose of the piano is a practice and learning instrument for the kid.
After we got the piano, I hooked it up to the Mac Mini and it turns out it works just fine as a MIDI controller. I was still irritated that I could not find one single article Online to answer my simple question. I thought, "Someone ought to post something Online stating that the Yamaha Arius works with GarageBand. It's easy. Why doesn't someone just do that?" Then I remembered. "Oh yeah. I have a blog." So here we go.
The Yamaha Arius YDP-142 has a USB port underneath the keyboard called the "USB TO HOST" terminal. You will need a standard USB A-B cable to connect to the computer. I powered on the piano, launched GarageBand and everything worked fine. No extra drivers or anything.
Here are some detail about my setup:
- Computer: Mac mini (Mid 2011)
- OS: OS X Yosemite 10.10.5
- GarageBand Version: GarageBand 6.0.5
You can find Online Manuals at http://download.yamaha.com. Select your country then type the model name of your yamaha device into the search box.
You can also get the Yamaha Standard USB-MIDI Driver from the same site if the data communication from the piano/keyboard isn't working.
I hope this was helpful to someone out there.