Is the Yamaha DGX 630 compatible with Garageband and Mac OS X?

by Bill on June 30, 2009

In short, yes.

I’m getting quite a few visitors who have searched Google to discover whether the Yahama DGX 630 can be used with Apple’s Garageband on OS X, or whether there are Mac drivers available for the instrument - understandable, I guess, as I mention the DGX630 and Garageband quite a lot in the same posts.

Anyway, you can use the DGX with Garageband and other Mac OS X apps - only you wouldn’t think so from reading the material that comes packaged with the piano.

What you need to enable your Mac (and therefore Garageband) to be able to communicate with your DGX is the right USB MIDI driver - a piece of software that allows your Mac to decode the signals coming out of the piano’s USB port and interpret them as MIDI instructions, the standard format for electronic instruments talking to one another.

However, the CD that arrives in the box with the piano only contains drivers for Windows. You can download the DGX 630 Mac driver from here:

http://music.yamaha.com/downloads/drivers/usb-midi/um111mx.zip

It’s just over 3MB in size, and Yamaha specifies the following system requirements (which most Mac users should meet easily, these days):

* Mac OS X Version 10.2.8 - 10.5.4
* Macintosh computer and a USB port with a Power Mac G3 or higher, or using Intel Processor
* 2MB or more available Hard Disk space
* 128MB or more available memory

Download, unzip and click to install. For more information, visit the Yahama DGX 630 downloads page.

Once you’ve installed the driver, use a USB cable to connect the DGX to your Mac (the USB out port is on the back of the keyboard, about level with the D an octave above Middle C). Then use OS X’s built-in Audio Midi Setup tool to detect it, if Garageband doesn’t do the job automatically. By the way, it’s worth pointing out that once the DGX is set up with your Mac, it works just like any other MIDI instrument so you’re not restricted to using it with Garageband. Other DAWS (such as Logic and Logic Express) will also read MIDI data from it quite happily.

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Rob October 7, 2010 at 8:11 am

Cool, thanks 4 the info. Very useful. So hard to find on their website.

Reader November 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Thanks for the link to the Yamaha Mac drive. The link now redirects to the Yamaha download page where you’ll need to choose which keyboard you have, then find the right driver, then sign up for their “EASYPASS” thing, then you can actually download the driver. A bit much for just a driver, but at least they have it and have kept it reasonably updated.

On the plus side, the driver has been updated for Snow Leopard support (10.4.11 through 10.6.x).

Thanks!

stefano January 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Thank You!
I’m a next Mac mini buyer and I’m just looking for news and tips to use DGX630 with my new Mac!
I have a question…. do you know if it’s possible to expand DGX630 with new styles?
Thank you in advance! :)

Bill March 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

Hi Stefano –

Well done on buying your Mac mini – I got one when they first came out back in 2005, and it was the machine that really got me into making music digitally.

As for expanding the DGX630, I’m not sure. Generally, it’s not something I’ve felt the need to do, simply because if I want a new sound I’ll get hold of it for my Mac and just MIDI the piano through. If you find anything, though, please do post a comment – this post seems to get a lot of traffic DGX630 owners, who would probably find it useful information.

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