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After deciding on getting a Behringer UM2 to record my Clavinova CLP-360, I'm having issues connecting it. Audio interface has two 1/4" inputs (One is line level and the other is high impedance), and the keyboard has a 1/4" headphone, AND stereo RCA output. I'm bumping into so many little problems along the way, so i'll go back to: how do you recommend I hook them up? For now, I don't care if the result is stereo or mono: just high-quality.

Thanks!

  • Sorry, i'm still trying to wrap my head around the balanced/unbalanced idea. It's definitely stereo (at least through the headphone jack). So, do you mean something like this (amazon.com/Kenable-6-35mm-Phono-Plugs-SCREENED/dp/B019ZUCL0C/…)? Or does the 1/4" have to be stereo to imitate balanced? The problem is, I'm almost sure that the UM2's inputs are each mono, so if I want the final result to be mono, I'll have to (1) get a different interface, or (2) do it in post. – Galaxy Jul 8 at 22:14
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The Behringer UM2 has two inputs, but the second input is a dedicated high-impedance guitar input, so when recording your Yamaha digital piano, you will have to use the Mic/Line input and record in mono.

The Yamaha CLP-360 has quite a wide stereo image, with the keyboard range spread out over the stereo field, so only recording either the left or the right side of the stereo output is not an option; you will have to combine both channels.

There are both a stereo headphone output and stereo line-level outputs on unbalanced RCA plugs; the line-level outputs are the best match and will give the best audio quality when connecting to a line-level input on an audio interface.

The Mic/Line input is a balanced XLR/TRS combination input. So you are connecting a stereo unbalanced output to a mono balanced input. This will require specific pseudo-balanced cabling to get the optimal results.

I suggest making a pseudo-balanced Y-cable with screened 2-wire cable: connect the tips of both RCA outputs to the tip of the TRS input, the sleeve of both RCA outputs to the ring of the TRS input, and the screen of both cables to the sleeve of the TRS input but unconnected at the output side.

UNBALANCED OUT                   BALANCED IN
(2x RCA)                          (TRS JACK)

OUT L tip --------wire 1--------+---- tip
   sleeve --------wire 2--------|-+-- ring
          --------screen--------|-|-+ sleeve
                                | | |
OUT R tip --------wire 1--------+ | |
   sleeve --------wire 2----------+ |
          --------screen------------+

Note: If you have no use for the option of connecting a guitar or microphone to the audio interface, and you just want to record your digital piano, then the even simpler and cheaper Behringer UCA-202 may be a better choice. You'd be able to connect it with a simple RCA cable.

Note: The instrument input is presented as a high-impedance input for guitar in the manual, but the label "instrument" seems to suggests that it may also accept other types of signals; the manual and the Behringer website are quite vague about this. But it will be a mono connection, and a generic Y-cable will only connect one of the stereo channels instead of mixing them.

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The OP already purchased his interface, so instead of getting another interface it would be cheaper to get a simple Y adapter. The adapter will mix the right and the left channels from the Clavinova's RCA output to a regular stereo 1/4" jack (called TRS).

You can get them online, from higher quality like this one in Amazon, to cheap ones like this in eBay. They also exist in RCA-to-XLR, like this one.

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@Your Uncle Bob: if I'm not mistaken, the balanced output RCA on the clavinova would be happy to go into the Behringer UM2's instrument input, which should be a TRS, according to this page (unfortunately I don't have this model, and the specs sheet doesn't specify it). Can you confirm?

  • RCA has only two connections, it can never be balanced. Using the cable you suggest will result in one channel being inverted before they are added, and cancelling all the mid info in the signal. – Your Uncle Bob Jul 9 at 10:11
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    Whether the instrument input is a high-impedance input for guitar only, or also accepts other instrument signals is indeed unclear, even in the manual. But it will be a mono connection, and a generic Y-cable will only connect one of the stereo channels instead of mixing them. – Your Uncle Bob Jul 9 at 10:34

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