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PreppieNerd 05-02-2010 03:19 AM

Live Sound question
I have a digital piano with built-in speakers, 1/4'' headphone jack and midi in/out. Would a 1/4'' cable from the headphone jack provide the same quality sound as a normal mono line out? the keyboard does not have a line out port. Or would I be better off running the midi through a laptop and interface?

DrumEatDrum 05-02-2010 04:49 AM

Re: Live Sound question
I'd get a Y cable to split the stereo headphone out into separate right and left 1/4" feeds into the PA.

Of course, going the midi route, you would be able to access many more sounds.

Matt 05-02-2010 06:16 AM

Re: Live Sound question
I don't think you will notice a difference in sound quality. I would do as DrumEatDrum said, though, and split the stereo signal left and right just in case, even if you don't really care about using both sides. I might be off here (I'm not an audio expert), but I think if you do that you lessen the risk of getting conflicting R and L signals (like if you're using certain effects, or if certain sounds have elements that are normally panned right and left). You can certainly use midi, an interface, and a laptop, but then you're depending on a lot more gear (and your computer will inevitably freeze up or slow down, or randomly start having latency problems). I think you're better off just using the headphone jack unless you really need to use the computer for something your keyboard can't do.

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