You can play Yousician piano with an acoustic and an electric piano, as well as a MIDI-keyboard without built-in sound modules. To get the most out of the piano syllabus, we recommend a 61 key instrument.
Set up without connecting instrument
When you play an acoustic piano, or an electric one, with built-in speakers, place your device in a comfortable spot. The built-in microphone in your device will pick up the sounds you play. Double check though, that you have allowed Yousician access to your device microphone. We recommend plugging in headphones, without a built in microphone, to your device. Doing so will help improve recognition.
Set up with instrument connected
If you encounter recognition issues, or want to learn without disturbing others, you can connect your piano to your device. To do so, you first need to find out if your piano has a MIDI In/Out connection or a USB B port.
If your piano has MIDI In and Out ports, you need a MIDI to USB interface.
- Plug the USB A end of the interface to the device.
- Connect the MIDI In cable into the MIDI Out port in the piano and the MIDI Out cable into the MIDI In port.
If your piano has a USB B port you need a USB A to B cable. It is also known as a printer cable. Note: If your Mac doesn't have regular sized USB ports, you need a USB C to B cable instead.
- Plug the USB A end of the cable to the device.
- Connect the USB B end of the cable to the piano.
If your piano comes with drivers, please make sure to install them as well. When you launch Yousician and press any key on your piano, you should see the MIDI keyboard pop up. Select the Yes, use MIDI option. You can also check that the MIDI Input toggle is active via the Advanced settings option under Settings → Game tab.
You might see Midi sensitivity option in the Advanced settings under Settings → Game tab. It refers to the ability, 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, Yousician can recognize it 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 an 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.