How to Record Your Yamaha Digital Sax Into a Computer

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Recording wind synths like the Yamaha YDS-150 and YDS-120 can be pretty simple if you have the right gear. Here’s how to record them directly into your Digital Audio Workstation using an instrument cable and audio interface.

Note: This guide helps you record the YDS’ built-in sounds. If you want to use external sounds from your DAW, follow these steps for using the Yamaha digital sax as a MIDI controller.

What You Need to Record Your Yamaha Digital Sax

Here’s all the gear you’ll need to record using the first method:

  • Your Yamaha YDS-150 or YDS-120
  • Audio Interface — Most audio interfaces should have at least one input for instrument cables. If you don’t have one, check out these beginner audio interfaces.
  • 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch TRS Cable — This will connect the YDS digital sax to the audio interface.
  • Digital Audio Workstation — The computer software that receives audio.

Step 1: Set Up Your Audio Interface

If you haven’t done so already, set up your audio interface with your computer.

Most computers should automatically recognize the interface once it’s plugged in. Some additional setup may be required. Check the manufacturer’s instructions if you need.

Step 2: Plug Your YDS Digital Sax Into the Audio Interface

Plug the 1/8-inch end of your audio cable into the YDS-150 or YDS-120. It should be located on the side of the instrument by the control stick.

Then, plug the 1/4-inch end of the cable into the audio interface.

Plug your instrument cable into the jack labeled “Phones”.
An audio interface receiving and instrument cable
Then plug the other end of your instrument cable into the audio interface.

Step 3: Power On Your Digital Saxophone and Check Audio Levels

Once the instrument is turned on, your audio interface should be able to pick up a signal.

Adjust the gain on your audio interface until the signal is at a strong enough volume.

Step 4: Record Using a Digital Audio Workstation

Create an audio track in your DAW and set the input to your audio interface.

Record-enable your track, hit record, and you’re good to go!

Further Reading

If you want to know more about the Yamaha digital saxophones, you can check out these resources:

About the Author
Jack Barton
Jack's been playing saxophone, clarinet, and other instruments for over 20 years. He spent most of his professional career working in music retail, where he's had hands-on experience with countless wind instruments and other music products.