how to share on board sounds and vst synth through MIDI

Discussion in 'Synths / Samplers & VSTi' started by ferchis, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. ferchis

    ferchis Active Member

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    perhaps the question is rather complex... but I'll have a go at it...

    is there a way to configure a virtual synth (such as Kore 2) so that you can control it with a digital piano, but at the same time ALSO use the onboard sounds from the piano itself?

    let's say I have a piano with very good piano sounds, and I want to use them live, but at the same time also split/layer the keyboard so that other sounds from Kore can be played, would I have to do this by properly setting MIDI channels so that I can control whatever I want from the soft synth in any section of the keyboard I want?

  2. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

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    Hi ferchis...
    This should be easy. But we don't know what KB you have. and that is the most important bit to know.
    Playing internal sounds and sending out midi to a sequencer or VSTi simultaniously can be done with and without splitting.
    If you still have your KB manual you surely find out how to do it on your particular instrument.
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely, I'm assuming your digital piano has midi and/or connects to your DAW? So, you treat the virtual synth(s) like any other midi slave devise. And you run the outs of your digital piano into your ? AD > DAW. You are combining external hardware (keyboards) while at the same time, using it to control virtual midi. (A bit hybrid)
    Do you have a midi input (midi router ?) to your DAW or are you using usb or Firewire?

    Dealing with the latency is your only issue. I use the FF800 midi to route my midi gear via the Motu MTC AV . I do not use USB midi. I use Firewire. USB is too slow but others seems to not complain.

    So I go, External keyboards midi out> MTC AV> FF800 midi> DAW
    External keyboard audio to the FF800 AD ins >DAW

    Setup your midi and analog in's to your DAW and you are in business.

    Hope that helps some.
  4. ferchis

    ferchis Active Member

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    thanks guys!!! well, I still haven't got it, but was planning to get a Casio Privia PX330 as a digital piano and use (maybe) some of its onboard sounds and also Kore2 (or any other useful vst) in the laptop.

    the specs: HP G42, i3 core 2,27, 3gb ram, 320hd (7200rpm), m-audio fast track mk2 as interface

    BTW, would you take THIS system out for a gig and rely on it or is it too much of a risk? I've tried kore with a certain latency I must admit but it didn't come to the point of absurdity, I mean, I DID notice a certain minimal latency in the playing, but after a while wasn't really annoying and I could play normally with no technical issues.

    thanks for your help! looking forward to your comments!

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