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Tascam US-1641 + laptop + VI = freestanding MIDI module?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by BusterMudd, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. BusterMudd

    BusterMudd Active Member

    This ought to be easy to figure out if I just had 5 minutes with the manual -- or, even better, with the actual equipment -- but since I have neither handy at the moment & I'm feeling kind of impatient I figured I'd just ask.

    I have a Tascam US-1641 audio interface that I use with my laptop for multitrack recording on location. I'll then usually bring those tracks back to the studio, & dump them onto the big tower computer that has its own audio interface (i.e., not the same Tascam US-1641) before proceeding with the project

    ...which means that throughout the entire overdubbing & mixing process that laptop and audio interface are going unused.

    It occurred to me though that since the Tascam US-1641 has MIDI i/o perhaps I could run Virtual Instruments on the laptop, feed the US-1641 MIDI data from the main DAW (via the MIDI interface hanging off the big tower computer) and use that laptop/US-1641 combination as an overblown/overpowered MIDI sound module, just like my Kurzweil or E-mu Proteus etc. modules.

    Make sense? iow, ignore the fact that that laptop & interface are capable of so much more, just use it to take MIDI data in and spew audio out from a freestanding Virtual Instrument.

    Has anyone used a US-1641 for this purpose? Thanks.
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Sure it will work. Hopefully your laptop is powerful enough for it to be glitch free. Make sure you turn off an power saving options.

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