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Old 05-12-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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What hardware to buy?

Hi there, im just looking for some general advice on buying hardware to develop my music production.

Ive been using Ableton live 8 on my laptop for the past few months, sticking different wavelengths together to make tracks. Now im actually pretty serious about getting into it and looking at midi keyboards and soundcards.

Ive been told the Axiom 25 is good to start off with but will i need a soundcard to power this?

All i basically want is a simple platform to create some pretty simplistic house tracks. Im sick of buying loop packs that i havent made so hoping i can start to make my own stuff and let my imagination run wild. Any help is much appreciated!

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Re: What hardware to buy?

Start with this:
anything less is a waste of time.

With the M-Audio you will still need an audio card, not to power it up though, that should be usb, but to reduce latency and cpu workload (and other stuff).

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will do, it has both keyboard and audio interface, I'm sure there are plenty more, but I can't remember on top of my head.

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Start with this:
anything less is a waste of time.

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Re: What hardware to buy?

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Ive been using Ableton live 8 on my laptop for the past few months, sticking different wavelengths together to make tracks. Now im actually pretty serious about getting into it and looking at midi keyboards and soundcards.
If you're running Ableton fine without a soundcard, then hold off on the (soundcard / audio interface) purchase until you're more sure of what it is you're after. You might decide you'd like to have inputs for instruments, multiple outputs or phantom powered XLR inputs for certain mics.

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Ive been told the Axiom 25 is good to start off with but will i need a soundcard to power this?
Midi controllers (in most cases) don't need an audio interface at all - just plug them in via usb and they're good to go. I've run a midi keyboard, Launchpad and LPD8 without any problems. If you're happy for all your sound to come 'from the box', then it's quite possible to do it without a midi-controller at all. The controller is just going to allow you to bash out beats, melodies & bass lines etc. with keys and pads instead of clicking them in with a mouse.

If you want sounds from outside the box - you might want to look at a decent mic, a field recorder for samples, a synth...the list goes on. Or that beast Automageddon posted...though it looks a bit too small for your needs.

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Re: What hardware to buy?

thanks for the advice guys. Basically my main purpose is simply so i can bash out melodies and overlap samples before putting them through ableton. I feel like i cant get my ideas right by just using the keys on the laptop.

Im not too worried about the quality of the sound and mastering my tracks as i want to build up my creative skills first. Ive been running large events in my local area so decided its about time i put some of my own material into them rather than playing everyone elses.

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Re: What hardware to buy?

Hello all, I kind of have the same question, I'm little further along than our friend DJ Carloni, but not too much..

Ive dinking around the studio for sometime now but finally ready to get my first couple pieces of gear. Im a very seasoned DJ however Im still learning gear and what everything does.. Looking at a few different synths and I think im ready to get a decent trigger as well.

Ive been playing around on my buddy's Moog Little Phatty and I LOVE the fat bass tones and low end gritt that beast pushes out so Im looking at either that or perhaps saving a little $ and going with a the slim phatty to go along with the new trigger purchase that im about to make.. on question on that tip is this>> i understand that the slim phatty and the little phatty are pretty much the same thing but is there any benefit going with the all in one unit vs. piecing the slim and a trigger?
regarding the trigger - i am looking at the Akai mpk49, any objections to that piece of gear? im also looking at the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Synth as opposed the moog however i just love the sound of the moog.
Any Jedi's out there have any input on all of this?

Sorry about the brain dump..

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Hello all, I kind of have the same question, I'm little further along than our friend DJ Carloni, but not too much..

Ive dinking around the studio for sometime now but finally ready to get my first couple pieces of gear. Im a very seasoned DJ however Im still learning gear and what everything does.. Looking at a few different synths and I think im ready to get a decent trigger as well.

Ive been playing around on my buddy's Moog Little Phatty and I LOVE the fat bass tones and low end gritt that beast pushes out so Im looking at either that or perhaps saving a little $ and going with a the slim phatty to go along with the new trigger purchase that im about to make.. on question on that tip is this>> i understand that the slim phatty and the little phatty are pretty much the same thing but is there any benefit going with the all in one unit vs. piecing the slim and a trigger?
regarding the trigger - i am looking at the Akai mpk49, any objections to that piece of gear? im also looking at the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Synth as opposed the moog however i just love the sound of the moog.
Any Jedi's out there have any input on all of this?

Sorry about the brain dump..

JT
are you sure you need a moog right now?? id get a cheap 25 key midi controller for 60 quid and start making tracks on your daw using VSTs for a while before you consider any purchases like that

then maybe think about other things you should probably get first like a decent audio interface and some monitors e.t.c

what dya reckon?

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Old 09-01-2012, 12:28 AM   #8
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Re: What hardware to buy?

ive got mackie hr824 monitors and i have a apogee interface.. i have my first ep coming out soon and a few remix projects in the works. sorry mate, im little further along that i may have come on... what do you think about those pieces of gear?
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ive got mackie hr824 monitors and i have a apogee interface.. i have my first ep coming out soon and a few remix projects in the works. sorry mate, im little further along that i may have come on... what do you think about those pieces of gear?
hmmmmmm obviously the moog is great. dont be put off by the mopho's sounds it still sounds great but theres a big gap in performance and price. have you looked at the DSI evolver desktop?? this has analogue and digital oscilators and great modulation features
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it doesnt look the best but is a great synth

in the end if you really want the moog you'll end up buying it any way lol

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Old 04-08-2012, 05:02 AM   #10
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traktors new stuff looks sick
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Re: What hardware to buy?

I have a DSI Desktop Evolver. I love the thing. The analog oscillators are great, as well as the digital. I'm a pretty big fan of its analog low-pass, but I've heard negatives from others. To each his own. 4 LFO's are always fun.

I also have a Doepfer Dark Energy, but am selling it. Mostly because I need the money--not because I don't like it. It has a pretty cool sounding set of oscillators, a mix between beefy analog and lo-fi grit.
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the pic reminded me of this guy ;D pics are of the same studio


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^Whose studio is that anyway?

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Re: What hardware to buy?

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Ive been told the Axiom 25 is good to start off with but will i need a soundcard to power this?
I have an Axiom 25 I use with my laptop for working while I'm on the road. It just plugs into the usb and you're off. Works perfect with Ableton, actually comes with Ableton light version.

For the guy asking about a moog Little Phatty, I have a little Phatty and honest truth is you couldn't tell the difference between the hardware synth and using the Axiom controller with Arturia Minimoog VST or Minimogue VST. The only difference is playability.

Dave Smith Morpho will definitely be my next hard synth but for those on a budget, the Akai Miniak is a great little VA (virtual analog) synth. Novation Ultranova is also another excellent little VA.
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^Whose studio is that anyway?
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true ;D

m127c is famous for this @ gearslutz forum^^

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Buy a copy of maschine and a small midi keyboard IMHO.

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Any Ideas on what programs to buy for a beginner who isn't going to do this as a profession but as a hobby to amuse myself and friends?
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Any Ideas on what programs to buy for a beginner who isn't going to do this as a profession but as a hobby to amuse myself and friends?
This thread is about hardware do you have any questions as related to that?

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It pretty much answers the question you are asking in if you read the first post.

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