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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:07 am    Post subject: Midi controller suggestions Reply with quote

I've just bought cakewalk Project 5 which comes with a couple of synths and while I have an old Casio midikeyboard, it's occurred to me that I'll probably need one of those controller keyboards with the pitchwheel & some assignable knobs & faders. Is this what you guys use, or is the mouse good enough?

If so what would you recommend. I've been looking at something like the m-audio Radium http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Keyboards/Midi/MIDI/Controllers?sku=701367 or the E-Mu Xboard 49 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Keyboards/Midi/MIDI/Controllers?sku=706284 .
Are either of these worthwhile?

Don't know much about midi recording, but I'm assuming I can record a synth to a track, then go back later and fiddle with filters, and envelopes etc. and record those changes as well?

Also what's an aftertouch keyboard?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got an Edirol Pcr-M30. Really good, easy to use and configure. I use it for making music (with Live5 or Reason) and as a control surface for mixing music (with Traktor Dj Studio).

You will love midi recording and working! You can even copy and paste your midi clip to create bass and drum (or anything else) with the same midi clip! After, you will have hours of fun working with filters and effects! It will depend on your software...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aftertouch, as I understand it, records the velocity at which you've struck the key.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. Aftertouch is also known as channel pressure, and it happens after the initial hit - while you're holding the note, you can press down and bring in vibrato or filter sweeps (or...).

Velocity is how hard you hit the key initially.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey thanks for the responses guys. Gotcha on that aftertouch Daf ta.

OK so I've got one vote for the Edirol unit from djsly20. Someof the reviews I read of the M-Audio controllers were not too flattering, and some guys were recommending Roland/Edirol gear instead, so I'll probably head in that direction
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's Novation too, and Alesis.

My M-Audio Oxygen fell apart pretty easily after a couple of years. But my Novation K-Station (NOT a dedicated controller) has also been pretty fragile.

OTOH, my new CME UF-5 kicks ass. It's big and heavy, though. Still, like it a lot. It even does BREATH CONTROL - what is this, 1987??? Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh well.. I defer to the real keys player... Smile
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