The Yamaha Arius YDP-142 and GarageBand

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.

Yamaha Arius YDP-142 and GarageBand

Yamaha Arius YDP-142 and 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.

USB TO HOST terminal for the Yamaha Arius YDP-142

USB TO HOST terminal for the Yamaha Arius YDP-142

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:

  1. Computer: Mac mini (Mid 2011)
  2. OS: OS X Yosemite 10.10.5
  3. GarageBand Version: GarageBand 6.0.5

Additional Resources

You can find Online Manuals at 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.