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Old 20-08-2012, 12:47 AM   #21
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just a question, how would i go about using a midi keyboard with the nord lead? or using it with a computer? would i need an audio interface? and still, how would i play sounds without a keyboard?
By using a MIDI cable. Almost all MIDI keyboards will have a MIDI out. Connecting it to a computer will require using your midi in on your audio interface, or if you don't have one, a seperate MIDI-USB interface (which are dirt cheap).

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You can connect any MIDI keyboard to the Nord or any synth with MIDI. Also, you can us a USB to MIDI cable to connect to your computer. I use one for my ESX to sync to my DAW...was super easy to setup.

Many rackmounts have ways to program sequences w/o additional controls, but it might not be intuitive or musical.
oh, thats what that sockets for lol. thanks!

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you can get these at bargain prices these days - perfect for trance.

although a nord is a bit more classy
man, theres so many options! lol i was also looking at a yamaha dx7, but i already have fm8, which is designed after the dx7.

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Re: A Good Hardware Synth for Under 500

I'm a Komplete guy as well, but to satiate my curiosity for analogs I bought both the Monotron Duo and Monotron Delay and they're pocket-sized fun! I haven't used them on a track yet but getting to know what you can do with a very simple analog with a couple of knobs has been a blast.

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I loved my DX7, but yeah, if you have FM8 it'd be a little redundant. It's also a complete nightmare to programme.
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Re: A Good Hardware Synth for Under 500

Also a DX7 may need worked on if I'm not mistaken? Personally, I'd buy something that is still in production, at least for a first synth.

As for the Monotron series, I own a delay. I find the best way to use it is to record a jam session and cut parts out. I recently made an entire track by resampling sounds from the monotron in my ESX. I've yet to mix it properly, but I'm going to work on that.

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Old 20-08-2012, 01:26 AM   #27
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DSI Desktop Evolver you can probably find for under 500. I love mine.
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Also a DX7 may need worked on if I'm not mistaken? Personally, I'd buy something that is still in production, at least for a first synth.

As for the Monotron series, I own a delay. I find the best way to use it is to record a jam session and cut parts out. I recently made an entire track by resampling sounds from the monotron in my ESX. I've yet to mix it properly, but I'm going to work on that.
yeah, the dx7's are pretty old, and a lot of them are for sale for a lot cheaper than youd expect, which is worrying. plus ive heard its very difficult to use.

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DSI Desktop Evolver you can probably find for under 500. I love mine.
Stay away from Microkorgs. I hate em.
what dont you like about them?

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as mentioned you dont need a midi keyboard,you can use the computer keyboard,via usb or midi.
however,i highly recommend a midi keyboard,for me it is easier to play,and multifunctions,triggers,etc.
If it's not in the budget,no big deal! but you really need either an audio interface(dont skimp on cash for this as it's pretty damn important)or asio drivers.believe me you dont want latency problems.
sorry im rambling....i think you should look into rack synths,as you get the same bang for less bucks!
and as was said before dont get a synth thats too old.
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Re: A Good Hardware Synth for Under 500

As related to the whole midi keyboard thing...

I just want to mention that programing sequences can be just as fun, if not more, than playing is. There's just something about getting a few sequences going and tweaking knobs that really brings alot of enjoyment to my production sessions.

But I'm more of a programer of music than a player so my above statement might not apply to everyone.

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As related to the whole midi keyboard thing...

I just want to mention that programing sequences can be just as fun, if not more, than playing is. There's just something about getting a few sequences going and tweaking knobs that really brings alot of enjoyment to my production sessions.

But I'm more of a programer of music than a player so my above statement might not apply to everyone.

I'm kinda with you on this one. Love doing this on the ESX. But I'm going to start teaching myself the keys... a friend of mine teaches piano....so I'm getting some long distance help...

Mostly off topic : )

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As related to the whole midi keyboard thing...

I just want to mention that programing sequences can be just as fun, if not more, than playing is. There's just something about getting a few sequences going and tweaking knobs that really brings alot of enjoyment to my production sessions.

But I'm more of a programer of music than a player so my above statement might not apply to everyone.
Quite right!...i forget that not everyone can play.annnnd...i basically use the keys for ideas,melodies,etc.
however i use sequences,and the piano roll,more than anything,as my arpeggios tend to be complicated.
i must think before i post...*sigh*
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As related to the whole midi keyboard thing...

I just want to mention that programing sequences can be just as fun, if not more, than playing is. There's just something about getting a few sequences going and tweaking knobs that really brings alot of enjoyment to my production sessions.

But I'm more of a programer of music than a player so my above statement might not apply to everyone.
yeah, the thing i like about sequencing is that you can play around with tweaking while a sequence is playing. i do have a midi keyboard btw, the only thing i need to get is an audio interface.

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yeah, the thing i like about sequencing is that you can play around with tweaking while a sequence is playing. i do have a midi keyboard btw, the only thing i need to get is an audio interface.

BTW, you won't need that for MIDI connectivity. However, you'll want it for recording.

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BTW, you won't need that for MIDI connectivity. However, you'll want it for recording.
yeah, thats why i need it

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Re: A Good Hardware Synth for Under 500

Just wanted to clarify. I've heard that direct MIDI connections actually have more latency issues at time the USB to MIDI...so you may want to consider a MIDI to USB cord regardless.

Edit: I've not experimented with this myself.

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What do you mean direct midi?

Are you talking about just plugging the controller to the synth or something else? My confusion lies in the "you don't need an interface for midi connectivity." Bevsuse you do need some sort of way be it just a simple USB/midi cable or a fancy audio/midi interface if you want your PC to talk to your synth.

I know you know that I'm just looking for clairification.

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I mean a USB to MIDI cord versus a MIDI port on an interface (port on interface is "direct" in my mind because it's MIDI to MIDI and not routing the MIDI through USB...if that makes sense..I'm a bit off today). I'd heard tell there can be more latency issues with an interfaces MIDI versus the USB route.

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I don't doubt that you will get less latency with a proper interface, if that's what you're saying, than you will with a midi to USB cable but isn't the midi signal routed thru USB either way because the interface is ultimatly being connected to the PC via USB?

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