How do I setup my MIDI/USB Keyboard with Skoove on iPhone / iPad?

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There are different ways to set up your MIDI/USB Keyboard with Skoove on iPhone / iPad:

  • Connect via 'USB Camera Adapter':

    Keyboards usually come with either a USB or MIDI port. For iPhone / iPad with a Lightning connector, first connect your USB cable to the keyboard and to a 'Lightning to USB Camera Adapter' (pic. 1). You will need a '30-pin to USB Adapter' for older iPhone / iPad (pic. 2). Then plug the suitable adapter into the iPhone / iPad. We recommend using only original Apple adapters.

    Note: The iPhone / iPad may not have output enough power for your MIDI controller.

    Lightning to USB Camera Adapter
    Pic. 1: Lightning to USB Camera Adapter
    30-pin to USB Adapter
    Pic. 2: 30-pin to USB Adapter
  • Connect via 'iRig MIDI 2':

    More expensive is the connection via the 'iRig MIDI 2 Connector' (pic. 3). However, if you need a MIDI In, Out and Thru Adapter (you won't need this for Skoove), you can use this device like a standard MIDI interface.

     iRig MIDI 2 Connector
    Pic. 3: iRig MIDI 2 Connector
  • Connect via 'Bluetooth':

    Please check the manual of your Bluetooth keyboard for information on how to properly pair it with your iPhone / iPad. Don’t forget to turn on Bluetooth on both your keyboard as well as on your iPhone / iPad.

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What is Skoove Premium and how much does it cost?

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Sign up for free to use Skoove Basic with free access to selected lessons from our courses. Skoove Premium offers full access to all courses with new lessons added every month and one-on-one support from our piano instructors.

Skoove Premium is a subscription that is available in these plans (note that prices may vary by location):

  • 1 month subscription at €19.99 / $19.99 / £17.99 per month
  • 3 month subscription at €39.99 / $39.99 / £32.99 charged every 3 months
  • 12 month subscription at €119.99 / $119.99 / £99.99 charged every 12 months

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What are the system requirements?

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You'll need:

  • iPad 2, iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad Mini and newer using iOS 9.3 or later
  • iPhone 5 or later

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Who can use Skoove? Can children learn with Skoove?

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Skoove is best suited for adults and teenagers (ages 12+) as it uses cutting-edge technology and offers a wide range of genres and courses to learn the piano.

However, we know younger kids enjoy learning and having fun with Skoove, and we recommend they do the lessons together with an adult for extra guidance.

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There's a specific feature in Skoove I'd like. Will it be available soon?

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We're constantly adding features to Skoove. Please give us feedback about the features you'd most like to see.

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I don't have a keyboard or piano. Can I use Skoove?

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Skoove is designed to teach you how to play piano, so you can't really use the app without a keyboard or piano.

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I don't have a keyboard. Which keyboard should I buy?

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Generally avoid low-cost, no-name brands. We find that they frequently lose MIDI connection. Here are some recommendations for you:

  • ~ $/€150: Alesis Harmony 61 - portable keyboard with 61 keys and built-in speakers
  • ~ $/€150: Casio CTK3500 - with 61 touch sensitive keys, this is a great choice for beginners
  • ~ $/€350: Casio WK6600 - with 76 keys, you'll be able to play a wider range of songs (bundle it with a stand)
  • ~ $/€350-400: Alesis Recital Pro - 88-key beginner digital piano with full-size semi-weighted keys and included power supply
  • ~ $/€1000: Casio AP-460 - 88-key digital stage piano
  • ~ $/€1600-1700: Casio AP-700 BK Celviano - 88 keys
  • ~ $/€3500: Casio GP-300 WE Celviano - 88 keys, you will feel like playing a real piano
  • Most ROLAND keyboards/pianos will work perfectly with Skoove. Just make sure they have a USB or MIDI connection.

All of these can connect to Skoove with a USB cable (sometimes not included).

Many low and mid-level keyboards are sold without a power adapter or keyboard stand. Double-check that at least a power cord is included (or buy one separately) so you don't have to constantly swap out batteries.

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Are used/second-hand keyboards a good alternative?

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Yes, as long as your keyboard has speakers or is connected to speakers.

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Can I use headphones on iPhone / iPad?

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Simply plug your headphones into the sound output from your iPhone / iPad and select "I use headphones" on the keyboard or sound settings. Turn down the volume of your e-piano if necessary.

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I am having technical problems with Skoove. What can I do?

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Our goal is that Skoove works for every single user. If something doesn't work the way you expected, please report it using the support chat. We usually respond within one day (except on weekends).

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I have received a coupon / voucher for Skoove. How can I redeem it?

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  • Go to www.skoove.com and log in / sign up with your username and password. If you don’t have a Skoove account yet, press ‘Start Now’ to sign up.
  • Click on ‘Start Premium’ or go to your ‘account settings’ in the menu
  • Scroll down on the ‘Start Skoove Premium Now’ page to the box ‘Enter Coupon’
  • Enter your coupon and press ‘Apply’
  • Fill in your payment details and press ‘Start my Skoove Premium’

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How do I cancel my Skoove subscription on iOS?

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  • On your iOS device go to 'Settings'.
  • Select 'iTunes & App store' from the menu.
  • Click on your 'Apple ID: [your email address]'. (If you are not signed in yet click on 'Sign in'. Enter your app store credentials and click on your 'Apple ID: [your email address]' after).
  • Click on 'View Apple ID' in the popup.
  • Scroll down in the Account menu to 'Subscriptions'.
  • You should see all of your current and expired iOS subscriptions, including any subscriptions for Skoove.
  • If you have a running subscription that you can cancel, you will see a cancel option.

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Is Skoove available as an iOS or Android App?

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The Skoove app is available for iPhone and iPad.

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How can I connect a USB-powered midi device to my iOS device?

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Connecting a USB-powered midi device should not be any different from one that is powered by a power adapter. For more detail, please check our FAQ entry 'How do I setup my MIDI/USB-keyboard with Skoove on iPhone / iPad'.

How can I charge the iOS device while learning?

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iOS devices only have one port which is used to charge and to connect a midi device. However there are dual splitter devices available on the iOS accessories market.