Connect Yamaha P225 to Yamaha Reface CP or Nord Electro 3

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Connect Yamaha P225 to Yamaha Reface CP or Nord Electro 3

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Hello,

Would love any advice so that I can use the Yamaha P225 as a controller for the Reface CP or Nord Electro 3

Here is what I have

The Yamaha P225, Kenton Midi USB HOST MK3 and a Yamaha Reface CP

The P225 is connected via USB to the KENTON
The Kenton MIDI OUT goes to MIDI IN of the REFACE CP.

Essentially this should work. I didn't mess with changing any settings on either keyboard because it seemed to me the default settings should work, but maybe I'm suppose to?

Just to confirm, I have a quarter inch cable running from the output of Reface and I can hear it through my speakers if I play it alone , but when I play the 225 it does not trigger the reface.

The mode light on the Kenton is Green.

I was a bit frustrated I had to buy the MIDI USB HOST by KENTON, My setup for years is a nice weighted piano then when I need it , I midi it to the nord electro 3 or more recently the Yamaha Reface CP to get cool electro piano sounds. I had the Roland RD88 and the midi worked great and controlled the REFACE. but I wasn't a big fan of the RD88 (ver terrible interface and the piano sound was kinda ass), so was excited about something a little cheaper, nicer piano sound and using it as a controller. So now i'm just sad it's not working and feeling a bit ripped off since i had no idea this would be an issue.

Thank so much for any insight

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Re: Connect Yamaha P225 to Yamaha Reface CP or Nord Electro 3

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I am not personally familiar with your devices so keep that in mind.
I didn't mess with changing any settings on either keyboard because it seemed to me the default settings should work, but maybe I'm suppose to?
The two most common issue I see with multiple devices are 1) powering the devices on in the wrong order and 2) using the wrong type of cable. Refer to page 39 of the P225 reference doc.
https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical ... loads.html
NOTICE
• Use a USB A-B cable of no more than 3
meters in length. Do not use a USB 3.0
cable.
• Before connecting to your computer via
the [USB] terminal, disable any power-
saving mode (such as Suspend, Sleep,
or Standby).
• Connect your computer via the [USB]
terminal before turning on the instru-
ment.
• Be sure to always perform the following
steps before turning the instrument on
or off (standby) and either plugging in
or unplugging a USB cable.
- Quit all applications.
- Ensure that no data is being trans-
mitted from the instrument. (Note
that even playing a single key
causes data to be transmitted.)
• When connected to a computer, allow at
least six seconds to pass between turn-
ing the instrument on and off and plug-
ging in and unplugging the USB cable.
Confirm that the USB cable you are using conforms to that notice and that you connect ALL of the devices BEFORE turning on the power to any of them.

Other info you posted suggests that maybe the P225 isn't sending out any MIDI.

Default settings typically work but you may want to re-init the P225 to be sure they really are the default settings. For example if the Transmit channel was set to OFF it wouldn't send any MIDI through the out port.

You can connect the P225 to a PC and use a midi monitor (e.g. MIDI-OX) to confirm that MIDI is really being sent out.

Also you should confirm that the transmit channel(s) of the P225 matches the receive channel(s) of the Reface. Double check that the channels match.

More basically the lack of a MIDI port on the P225 indicates it isn't really designed to be a controller so while it may eventually work Yamaha may not support that configuration.
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