Knabe Youth Piano Competition

2017 William Knabe Young Artist Piano Competition

The William Knabe Young Artist Piano Competition is now accepting 2017 applications!  The competition is open to ages 7-17, from beginner to advanced.

Competition Details:

Over $1,500 in Prizes
Competition Dates: June 3-11, 2017
Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

Competition rounds will be held in both Metropolitan Baltimore and in Metropolitan Washington, DC.


Celebrating Knabe’s 180th Anniversary

The William Knabe Piano Institute is expanding, coinciding with the commemoration of the 180th anniversary of Wm. Knabe & Co. pianos!

In order to include more students in this year’s evaluations, the William Knabe Piano Institute is expanding from 2 to 3 days of live preliminary round auditions.

Preliminary rounds will be held in Greater Baltimore and Greater Washington DC.

Video applications are now being accepting for those wanting to advance to the finals, although live auditions are preferred.

Video applicants may choose to be considered for the finals, or may choose an evaluation only.

Start a video application here 

Find The Tempo of Any Song

I came across a really cool website the other day when I was working on a cover song and couldn’t find my metronome to figure out the tempo.  I usually tap in the beat of the song in question to figure out the speed of the recording.  Since I couldn’t put my hands on my physical metronome, I decided to do the next best thing and scour the internet for a quick online solution.  Below is the great web page that I found.

Feel free to try it out right here by using any key on your keyboard to tap a steady beat or visit


Using a Digital Piano To Record Audio Tracks

Sometimes I practice on and use an 88-key Casio Celviano digital piano that also doubles as my MIDI controller.  I occasionally use this digital piano to create piano audio tracks in Logic Pro by using the headphones jack to send the signal to my x1204usb interface in stereo.

Step #1:  Plug the single end of an 1/4 inch cable into the ‘Phones’ input on the digital piano.  See the photo below.

Pic 1. - Phones input jack on digital piano
Pic 1. – Phones input jack on digital piano

Step #2:  Connect the 1/4 inch dual ends of the cable to channel 5/6 on the x1204usb interface.  (You can also use channel 7/8.)  See the photo below.

Pic 2. - Dual end into Channel 5/6
Pic 2. – Dual end into Channel 5/6

Step #3:  Make sure that the ‘2-TR/USB TO MAIN’ red button is NOT pressed down.

Step #4:  To adjust the volume of the recording, you can play around with turning the volume knob on the digital piano and/or adjusting the ‘MAIN MIX’  R/L faders on the x1204usb.  See the photo below.


Pic 3. - Main Mix faders
Pic 3. – Main Mix faders

Step #5:  Make sure that the audio interface is connected to the DAW.  In this specific scenario, I’m using Logic Pro 9 on an iMac.

Step #6:  In Logic Pro, follow the navigation in the photo below to change your audio preferences.

  Logic Pro —> Preferences —> Audio

Pic 4. - Audio preferences navigation
Pic 4. – Audio preferences navigation

Step #7:  Select the ‘USB Audio CODEC’ option for the ‘Input Device’ field.  (I have this same CODEC option selected for the output device since I like to listen to my tracks through my Yamaha HS8 monitors which are also connected to my audio interface.)

audio CODEC
Pic 5. – Input Device CODEC option