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How to connect an iPad to your Yamaha P515

Sam Baldry

Over the years, Yamaha have developed various apps to help you get the most out of your digital piano experience, and one which has always stood out to us is Yamaha’s SmartPianist. It is a brilliant partner to the P515 in particular, providing you with a sleek and easy-to-use user interface, as well as allowing you to adjust settings and access additional voices which aren’t easily accessible on the P515.

However, the process of initially connecting a Smart Device to the P515 can seem rather confusing at first. This tutorial will aim to give you a comprehensive step-by-step guide on both available connection processes.

Connecting using a cable

Unlike with the P125, there are actually two ways of connecting a smart device to the P515.The first of which we’ll look at is using a cable.

Step 1

If you have a newer apple device, which uses the thin, lightning power input, then you will need two cables, the first is a Lightning to female USB cable, as shown below. This is also referred to as a Lightning to Camera USB cable.

The second cable you will need is a standard USB type B cable (or USB type B to A) – this type of cable is most commonly used for connecting a keyboard to a computer to transfer MIDI data.

If however, you have an older apple device with the wider, 30-pin power input, then you can instead use Yamaha’s i-UX1 “USB MIDI interface”, (Which is just a fancy name for a standard 30-pin charging cable but with a USB type B on the other end).

The P515 does not come with any of these cables in the box, but the first two are both readily available to buy online, and you can find Yamaha’s i-UX1 interface on our website by clicking here.

Step 2

Take the USB type A to type B cable (Or i-UX1 cable), and plug it into the USB-to-host port in your P515 (via the square-type connector). As you look at the back of the P515, the USB to host port is the fourth from the left.

Then, for lightning devices, connect the Lightning to Camera USB cable to the USB type B cable plugged into the P515.

Step 3

Download the Yamaha SmartPianist App from the app store onto your device and open it up. You will be greeted by a Yamaha logo, shortly followed by a piano in a virtual room in the middle of your screen, surrounded by a few peripheral options.

At the top left of this view, there will be a button consisting of three horizontal lines stacked on top of one another. When you select it a menu will appear; look to the bottom of the menu to an option labelled ‘Instrument’.

If you can’t see ‘P515’ in the available connections list, select ‘Start Connection Wizard’, and then select ‘Cable’.

Step 4

Turn on the piano, making sure that no keys or buttons are pressed while it is powering up. Once it is turned on, in the SmartPianist app select ‘Next’ for the next three prompts. This should then take you to a list in which an option ‘P515’ should appear. If so, select it, and the device will connect to the piano.

(If the list is blank, you can select the refresh option (a looping arrow next to the ‘close’ option at the top right of the screen), or select ‘Target Instrument is Not Found’, reconnect the cable, and then select ‘update’)

Connecting Wirelessly

A great feature on the P515 is the ability to wirelessly connect a smart device to the piano using Yamaha’s UD-WL01 Wireless LAN Adapter, which is a nifty little adapter for those looking to avoid the confusion of acquiring the suitable cables.

Yamaha UDWL01 Adaptor

There are many ways to setup the Wireless Adapter, but in this guide, we will take a look at the simplest method, by connecting to it directly without having to worry about adding it to your home network (this method also works for Android devices).

Step 1

With the P515 turned off, plug the Wireless Adapter into the front USB to device port located next to the power button.

Step 2

While holding down the top A6 and A#6 keys, turn on the P515. This will enable the Wireless LAN Setup mode.

The LED on the side of the Adapter should now be flashing blue.

Step 3

Go into the WiFi settings on your smart device (with your device next to the adapter), ensuring WiFi is enabled, and look at the list of available connections.

There should be an available connection with “P-515” in the name. Connect to it, and open the SmartPianist app, where a loading wheel should appear titled “Connecting to instrument”.

Once this has completed, the screen on the P515 should now read “InCommunication” to confirm that the instrument is connected.

You should now be connected, enjoy using Smart Pianist, along with Yamaha’s other great app’s, including Chord Tracker and Flowkey. Make sure to check out Isaac’s review on the Yamaha Smart Pianist app:

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Sam Baldry
Sam divides his time between sales and assisting with stock maintenance and other logistics in our warehouse. He also occasionally writes for the ePianos blog, using his keen interest in engineering to help explain product technology in everyday terms.

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