We love playing piano for everybody to hear, but sometimes you may need to practice quietly. With the right equipment, you can use your headphones with flowkey.

There are two different possibilities of practicing with headphones - depending on your technical setup:

A) Use the MIDI sound of our app (for iOS and laptop/Mac/PC)

B) Use the piano sound of your instrument (requires an AUX IN port)


A) Using the MIDI sound of our app

These instructions work for MIDI controllers as well as instruments with their own speakers.

To practice with your headphones and flowkey at the same time, make sure your piano has one of the following ports:

  1. MIDI IN/MIDI OUT

  2. USB B (to host) port

First, connect your device to your instrument via MIDI or USB cable. You can find step-by-step guides for MIDI connection with each device in our help center.

Second, open a song in flowkey and click on the cogwheel icon. Select the MIDI settings and click on the slide bar “MIDI Sound” to activate it. If your instrument has speakers, please make sure to mute your instrument!

Finally, connect your headphones to your device (tablet, smartphone or laptop). You will now hear the app sound and the keys you play through your headphones. 🎧

Please note that this MIDI sound feature is not available for Android yet. You can use it on any laptop/PC/Mac and iOS devices.


B) Using the piano sound of your instrument

It is also possible to use the sound of your digital piano or keyboard. The setup has a few a more technical requirements.

Your instrument will need the following ports:

  1. MIDI IN/MIDI OUT or a USB B (to host) port

  2. An AUX IN or LINE IN connection

  3. A headphone output

Your device needs to have a headphone output and a USB port. In addition to the cable or adapter for the MIDI connection, you will also need an auxiliary cable (AUX cable).

First, connect your device to your instrument via MIDI. You can find step-by-step guides for MIDI connection with each device in our help center.

Second, plug one end of an auxiliary cable into the AUX IN and the other end into your device's headphone output.

Finally, plug your headphones into your instrument's headphone jack.

If you followed the three steps, you should be able to hear the sound from the app and piano at the same.🎧

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