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Mastering YC: Connecting the YC Series to a Computer or iOS Device

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Here’s a quick start guide for connecting your YC Stage Keyboard to your computer or iOS device.

Get your YC61, YC73 or YC88 Stage Keyboard connected in three easy steps! The YC’s USB TO HOST port connects MIDI and audio from the YC to your computer or iOS device down a single USB cable. The advantage is, audio and MIDI travel to and from your YC to your computer or mobile device. This allows a multitude of recording and performance possibilities with a single cable. For example:
  • Record and playback MIDI
  • Record YC digitally to your DAW
  • Play and monitor computer/iOS audio through the YC’s audio outputs


Driver Download and Installation


YC isn't just a great stage keyboard, it's also a great MIDI controller and audio interface. Connecting YC to your computer or iOS device gives you knobs, drawbars, switches for controlling plugins and softsynths as well as a 2x2 audio interface to record audio and MIDI, all in a single USB connection.
The Yamaha-Steinberg USB Driver lets you use audio and MIDI with your computer. Click on the links below for your relevant OS:

Click HERE to download for MacOS and follow these instructions to install:

  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Disconnect all USB devices other than the mouse and keyboard from the computer.
  3. Start the computer and log in to the Administrator account.
  4. Double-click “Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver V***.pkg” in the compressed file you have downloaded. (*** represents the version number).
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. If the dialog window about system extensions appears, open the “Security & Privacy” on “System Preferences” and allow the computer to load system software from developer “Yamaha Corporation.”
  6. When installation has been completed, click [Restart] to restart the computer.
Click HERE to download for Windows and follow these instructions to install: 
  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Disconnect all USB devices other than the mouse and keyboard from the computer.
  3. Start the computer and log on to the Administrator account.
  4. Double-click “setup.exe” in the compressed file you have downloaded.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
  6. When installation has been completed, click [Finish]. If a window requiring you to restart your computer appears, follow the on-screen instructions and restart the computer.


Hardware Setup

Connect YC’s USB TO HOST port to your computer’s USB port using a “type A to type B” cable. Connect YC to iOS with the USB cable and a lightning to USB or, if you have an iOS device with USB C, a USB C to USB adapter.

Cubase AI


Want a free, full-featured audio and MIDI production suite? Your YC keyboard comes with a free Cubase AI software license. Here’s how to get and install Cubase AI:

  1. Go HERE to download Cubase AI to get Cubase AI.
  2. SIGN IN or create a Steinberg ID. If you don’t have a Steinberg ID, you can create one at the link. Once you have a Steinberg ID, sign into your My Steinberg Account.
  3. After signing in, enter the access code on the bottom of the CUBASE AI DOWNLOAD INFORMATION SHEET that came with your YC keyboard. This will begin the Cubase AI download process. Follow the prompts from the Steinberg web site.
Check out the video below on installing Cubase AI:


Links to go Deeper


Check out these resources below:

  • Check out Soundmondo, the Social Sound Sharing for Yamaha Synthesizers and Stage Keyboards
  • For specific articles on the YC, go HERE.
  • Go to the Yamaha Synthesizer Soundcloud for Podcasts, Interviews, demos and more.
  • Go HERE for Official Music Production Guides from Yamaha & EASY SOUNDS/
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