Your dream keybaord/workstation

Alécio Costa - Brazil

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I will start this one...
A midi controller/nice keyboard/semi weighted action keys ( I am not a keyboard player, sorry)with:

256 voice poliphony
Sampler with 1 Giga memory
at least 16 discrete outputs
2 adat lightpipe outs
reads all sampler libraries ( Akai, emu, Giga, Kurzweill, Reason, Yamaha, Ensoniq, etc)
Firewire/SATA buses
VGA output
individual compressors, eqs, reverbs, delays
lots of sliders, RT controllers and faders
baks/reads at/from CDR, CDRW, DVD-R, DVD-RW :)
 

Ethan Winer

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Alécio,

> Is it a dream ? <

Only because you described it as a workstation. :D

The obvious answer is to buy a fast PC with Windows XP, the new Sonar 3 Producer edition, and a small controller keyboard with no sounds. Even with a large video screen you'll come in way under $2,000.

If the rig must be portable, buy a Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop. I just got one and was astonished that it's every bit as fast as my desktop PC. An Inspiron costs $1600, which still leaves enough for Sonar, but not quite enough to also get a controller keyboard. So you pay $2,200 and have a truly serious system that blows away any keyboard workstation.

--Ethan
 

Nate Tschetter

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Howdy

I don't think its a dream. In a few years, specification of that level (but not necessarily those EXACT specs) will be common. In a decade, home keyboards will probably have that.
 

Ethan Winer

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Nate,

> In a few years ... <

I've had that capability in my computer for more than a year now. I don't have 16 outputs, but I could for the cost of a suitable interface. Though why anyone needs more than one stereo output is beyond me. Okay, or one 5.1 output.

--Ethan
 

Alécio Costa - Brazil

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ethan, unfortunately here in Brazil we have a very different reality. Last year I bought a G4 800 Qs and it cost me over $2000!!!!

Seems you do like PC´s. I have a nice Athlon Xp here also . Lots of guys were lucky and have the knowledge of making these machines do fine, chosing the proper boards, etc etc. I am a computer moron.
However, being very off topic now, I prefered the stability of OS/G4´s for the PT TDM system.
 

Nate Tschetter

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I wouldn't dream of taking a computer to some of the places I play. I _want_ something big and heavy so it doesn't disappear between sets.

In the studio, fine. You could probably do this with an iBook and a Mobile I/O for just above your price. I say the MIO because nothing else seems to have that low a latency for playing softsynths. Of course, that doesn't factor in the actual software itself which could be far greater in cost than the whole hardware side.

As far as multiple outputs go, its a must...especially once you use sequences and live musicians. You have to have an extra set for a click. I don't see a need for 16, but I can easily use 8 in a live situation.
 

Alécio Costa - Brazil

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I miss W30 days. It was pretty cool at that time. It had 6 or 8 outs.

With an 01V you can eq/compress/add reverb to your 2 mix keys live, besides the click out.

Why hasn´t Roland intalled extra outs in other models? Xp has 4 outs, I guess Fantom is also 4 analog outs plus 1 or 2 digital...
 

Ethan Winer

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Alécio,

> I feel we shall be starting another thread..lol <

Of course you know I'm just egging you on! :eek:

> I am a computer moron. <

Then fix that! Seriously, if you're an audio pro you have to know the tools. All of them. What did you do the first time you had to align an analog 2-inch? Did you run away when you had to learn how to work the automation on a large format console? It's the same for computers, which are now in just about every pro and home satudio.

> I prefered the stability of OS/G4´s for the PT TDM system. <

I assure you my Dell computer is at least as stable as any Mac. It never crashes. Of course, to have a stable computer requires knowing how to set it up. If you can't be bothered, get a friend or hire someone who knows how to do that for you. The effort to learn about PCs will be payed back many times over with lower hardware and software costs. I laugh when I seeplug-insadvertised for both DirectX and ProTools. The same plug-in always costs exactly twice as much for the ProTools version!

--Ethan
 

Alécio Costa - Brazil

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In fact I have been quite satisfied with my Athlon XP 2100.
But concerning TDM, things get much longer to be written to PC. Logic guys seem to feel motherless right now.
I do prefer to concentrate on music than being worried about the latest drive, the latest bug, etc etc. Yes, I agree with you, I had to read lots of manuals but I would never service an SSl or even an 02R.
Man, we´ve just thrown one dozen eggs at each other!
:)
:s:
 

Nate Tschetter

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Howdy

No computer platform wars in the keyboard forum please.

Always live by the following:

- either / neither platform is superior

- either / neither outperforms the other

- either / neither is more cost effective

- in the hands of a skilled operator, both will do the same thing

And now we have the final word in computer platform wars.

- the best computer is the one the operator prefers

Thank you all for abiding by the only thing I demand of keyboard forum posters.

Have a musical day.
 
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danfor-2

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I think that a Nord Electro (Go Sweden!) on steroids with better sounds, polyphony, multitimbrality and a customizable leslie simulator would send me to heaven.

Guess hell will freeze over before then,
and after that, keyboards get balanced outputs.

:d:
 

Nate Tschetter

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Daniel can go straight to the head of the class. Bravo!

Balanced outputs...I mean, HELLO MANUFACTURERS...???

This makes me want to start a new thread!
 

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