Best Video, Audio, and Player Piano Recording: My Music Recorder App
This humble app from Yamaha Corporation of America allows the best simultaneous visual and audio recording with MIDI keyboard input capability on a player piano or digital piano from your smart device.
As a piano technician, I know that this has the easiest-to-learn compatible interface to make an audio and visual recording especially for pianos with MIDI in & out, especially for player pianos.
For Disklavier: As long as Disklavier TV is all setup on your Enspire (How to Setup Disklavier TV with a Yamaha Enspire in 3 phases), then it is extremely simple to download the app and plug in the MD-BT01, pair the bluetooth device, and begin recording.
What are the steps to connect My Music Recorder App?
Go to the App Store
Search for My Music Recorder app
Download the free application
Plug in the MD-BT01 adapter to the MIDI in & MIDI out ports (2)
Go to settings (gear icon) in the My Music Recorder app
Select Bluetooth MIDI Device
Start capturing your recorded performance!
FINISHED: All connected with this music recording application!
Extra: How to navigate the app
Create a new instrument by taking a picture of your instrument and naming it on the app
Choose your piano by tapping on its image on the control panel
(This is compatible with any piano that has both MIDI in and out ports available for use)
Once the instrument is selected, you will see this screen with all of the videos that were recorded using this piano.
As you can see, I took two test videos on August 31st, 2023 where I was able to record my friend play a few chords on the piano to see if it worked after I had everything set up.
What all does My Music Recorder App do?
Click the red video record button at the bottom to begin recording with your built-in camera:
Visual - From the built-in camera
MIDI audio - From the piano
Ambient audio - Live sound from the audience
*Depending of the capability of the piano, ambient audio of the audience clapping may or may not be recorded.
The My Music Recorder App makes it easy to view when a piano performance was recorded on the calendar.
Tip: Keep track of daily musical performances or keep track of your practice times.
There is a dot on August 31st when I recorded the test videos which makes it easy to find performances with this important feature.
The videos for August 31st are displayed, indicated by the red shading.
I selected the video I wanted to playback.
After I press the "play" icon, the video will start and the keys will begin to move on the player piano.
*Be sure that the MD-BT01 is plugged in and paired to the My Music Recorder app, otherwise it will not work.
How to Install the Yamaha MD-BT01 Adapter?
This stands for MIDI and Bluetooth adapter.
MD-BT01 is a plug and play device that can easily be connected to any piano with MIDI in and MIDI out ports.
A stunningly simple design has made this product one of the easiest accessories I have worked with for Yamaha products.
What does the MD-BT01 do?
The backside of the package states:
Musical instruments and iPhone / iPod touch / iPad can be connected wirelessly. This enables wireless MIDI communication between many music applications including those of Yamaha, and expands its musical possibilities.
This product does not support audio data communication
For details on the connection methods and the compatible products, please check the Yamaha web site.
Descriptions and photographs on this box may differ slightly with the actual product inside this box. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
*5 Different languages are translated on the back of this package.
I plugged in the MD-BT01 into the MIDI in & MIDI out ports on the CC Unit of the Yamaha Disklavier Enspire Piano.
This device also records the sound in the room (Audience clapping and announcements for instance).
In this case I recommend getting an enhanced audio plug-in mic for your phone to record the best possible quality audio.
This also reduces unwanted background noise (like coughing or disruptive noises).
While the MD-BT01 does not record ambient audio, a mobile device is capable of recording ambient audio.
In addition, the video is very sensitive and picks up on a shaky hand. I have never known myself to have shaky hands for working a video recorder, however this app picked up on the slightest shakes.
In which case, I strongly recommend a tripod to record and eliminate shakiness.