Yousician piano is designed for an 88 key instrument but a 61 key instrument should be enough to make the most out of Yousician. You can use any acoustic or electric piano, as well as MIDI-keyboards without built-in sound modules.
Setting up an acoustic piano or an electric piano with built-in speakers
When using an acoustic piano, or an electric piano with built-in speakers, simply place your device in a comfortable place and the microphone of your device will pick up the sounds you produce.
Setting up an electric piano or keyboard without speakers
If you would like to use an electric piano or keyboard that does not have built-in speakers, you need to use a cable to plug in the instrument to your device. If you are using a desktop or laptop computer, you can plug your instrument using a normal audio cable, or a USB audio cable. If you use a USB cable, please make sure it is selected as the Input device in Audio setup Advanced settings under Settings --> Game tab. When you use a normal audio cable, you do not need to make any changes in the Settings.
Setting up a MIDI keyboard
The songs and exercises in Yousician are designed to be played with acoustic instruments and the app evaluates the sound using the microphone. However, if you would like to use a MIDI keyboard to play Yousician please read on.
Mac OS and PC
Many compact keyboards already have an in-built MIDI interface via a USB port so you can simply connect your keyboard to your device with a USB cable
Alternatively you might find MIDI port(s) similar to the following in which case you can use a MIDI to USB interface (USB in-out MIDI cable converter) to connect your keyboard to a desktop/laptop computer.
If using this type of connection, please check that the cable out is plugged into the in port of the keyboard and the cable in is plugged into the out port of the keyboard. If the cable used comes with drivers, please make sure to install them.
Once connected check to ensure that the Automatic MIDI Input toggle is active (check Audio setup Advanced settings under Settings --> Game tab).
Midi sensitivity refers to the ability, that some keyboards have, to perceive how hard/soft a key is played; the more strength used the louder the sound produced. With higher sensitivity chosen in the app settings, Yousician is able to recognize this and produces the Midi sound accordingly.
There are a couple of options available when connecting a MIDI keyboard to an iPhone/iPad. If the keyboard has a MIDI in/out connection then an iOS MIDI interface, such as IK Multimedia iRig MIDI can be used. An example set up is to connect the interface used to the iOS device’s dock port using a Lightning to USB Camera adapter (if needed) and then plugging your keyboard’s MIDI out to the interface MIDI in using a standard MIDI cable or a cable that comes with the interface used. This is just an example though, please follow the directions that come with the interface.
If your keyboard has a USB MIDI port then an example set up would be to connect a USB cable to a Lightning to USB camera adapter and the adapter to the iOS device’s dock port.
When choosing an interface please make sure that the one you choose will work with your iOS device and is recognized as input device in app under Settings --> Game --> Audio setup --> Advanced settings.
On Android devices with OS version 6 or higher (api 23), MIDI support requires that the device supports USB host mode, has a fast enough processor to not miss notes and also provides enough power through the USB port. Please note that on some Android devices the USB host mode has to be manually enabled. When looking for an adapter, such as a USB to micro-usb, please ensure that it works with your device and is recognized as input device in app under Settings --> Game --> Audio setup --> Advanced settings.