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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 10:27 am    Post subject: thinking of buying a midi keyboard Reply with quote

any sugestions? keeping in mind i'm on an EXTREMELY limited budget
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you need? Full size keys? Pressure sensitive? Pitch bender?

You can get one without any of these for extremely cheap. It just depends on what your requirements are.

Let us know what you're looking for, and your budget area.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i found a couple listed on musicians friend for around 50 don't really wanna spend more then 100 if i can i don't need anything too complex just need something i can use to record backing instruments i.e drums...bass i got all that soundfont junk with my audigy but i can't find any software that lets me map tones to my pc keyboard so i'm thinking i need a midi device to trigger the soundfonts yes no? i don't know just trying to expand the creative capabilities of my setup
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, you can use a keyboard for soundfonts. You don't have to manually map sounds to keys, just loading them into the memory through Creative Labs' soundfont util does it for you.

As for a beginner keyboard, I'd like to suggest that you spend a bit more than the 50 dollars that you saw the devices online for (but try to stay under 100) and find one that you can physically play with before purchasing. There are some out there with very, very poor keys and key response, that it would be entirely useless.

Since you aren't looking for anything in particular other than just a MIDI controller, it should be pretty easy for you to find something to play around with. Just go to any musical instrument store and let them know that you're looking for a MIDI controller, and they should be able to take care of you.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kewl man thanks a lot!! it isn't often i actually get constructive help around here lol
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey kewlbeans, i downloaded this the other day Beat It

it lets you trigge samples with your keyboard, i think it only runs on win 9x though, but thats what i run at home. i get a little background noise with it, but i am just using it to figure out beats for my guitar riffs, which i will eventually replace with individual samples anyways.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about band in a box? anybody tried that?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an old version of BIAB, never used it much. I understand newer versions are improved as far as interfacing with the rest of your system, which was the downer for me.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok BIAB sucks eggs so i've just decided to code my own prog instead it'll be easier then tyring to find an allready exsisting program lol
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