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Basic set-up

Discussion in 'Recording' started by adf, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. adf

    adf Guest

    I'm in the process of putting together a very basic recording set up on my Dual 867 running OS X 10.2.6

    I intend to use Cubase SL with some kind of midi module, but I have been toying with the idea of getting a second-hand keyboard to use as a sound source.

    Does anyone use an old keyboard for midi sounds, and if so, are there any pitfalls?
  2. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    It depends on what kind of sounds you want and what you want to use the module for.

    Do you want orchestra sounds for doing film scoring?

    Do you want basic GM sounds for getting ideas down?

    Do you want electronica sounds for dance music?

    Give us an idea of what you're looking to do....
  3. adf

    adf Guest

    Hi Nate

    I am looking for General MIDI sounds - just to sketch ideas, mainly for pop ballads . Having said that, I have been looking at virtual synths and they might be more appealing due to the lack of wiring and cable mess..

    I often see old digital keyboards in the local papers, but I am worried that compatibility with OS X might be a problem. Do you use OS X?
  4. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    Well, for simply writing, GM is fine and _nearly_ any GM thing is fine. I'd look into a simple portable keyboard for that. Something super basic like a Yamaha PSR-510.

    If you have a laptop and want more sounds that will get to the final mix, look into softsynths. There's lots of them. A sampler (like GigaStudio, HALion, Kontakt, etc) and a couple of "synths" (Absynth, FM7, whatever) will go a long ways.

    Compatability of hardware between OSX and synths shouldn't be a problem.
  5. adf

    adf Guest

    Thanks for the info - most grateful!
  6. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    And before you purchase SL, check out the forums at Cubase.net.

    Also this thread.
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    All of my hardware synths are vintage, my main axe is guitar so I can't justify the cost of the latest and greatest.

    By using an app like Unisyn or Sound Diver I come up with my own unique sounds. Most people never explore the programming capabilities of their synths,
    and rely on factory presets.

    Or you can go self-contained with soft-synths.
    I purchased an iBook700 in April, with Logic5.5 and Oxygen8 was able to compose while on a trip to europe.

    DP4 and Logic6 have "freeze" functions that turns synth tracks and efx into audio freeing up your cpu. :D
  7. adf

    adf Guest

    That's interesting - I will do some more research. I like to know of all the options. Thanks!

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