What's Your MIDI Keyboard / Synth?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by pimentoLoaf, Sep 14, 2006.

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    pimentoLoaf

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    What are you using to create with?
     
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    zimv20

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    i still use my korg ms-10 a bit:

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    but mostly it's Reason and a piano. once i get my juno-6 serviced, i'll start using that again:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Foxglove9

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    I mostly use the Yamaha CS1x for MIDI controlling. Otherwise I have Sidstation, Korg MS2000, drum machine, plus lots of other synths and controllers.
     
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    pimentoLoaf

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    MicroKorg, for both MIDI and regular synthin'....
     
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    scottlinux

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    I recently picked up an Edirol PCR-M30. Lots of knobs and such, and a good mod wheel. Only 2.5 octaves- I wish I had opted for more keys at this point. But small to travel with.
     
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    Foxglove9

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    I like the Edirols a lot. Similar situation: I owned an Oxygen8, which was nice, but the 2 octaves proved to be more frustrating than I thought it would be. So I sold it.
     
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    Mord

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    I'm in the market though have no clue, my budget is about £100
     
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    Kernow

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    I use an Evolution Mk249-C to control both Reason & Logic. It's not the most hi-tech, but it does the job nicely.
     
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    Yamaha DX-11 and Reason
     
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    FattyMembrane

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    i mostly use a banged-up juno-60 of which i'm pretty fond. i may end up purchasing one of the midi retrofit kits available for it (it uses a weird proprietary roland digital control mechanism that is supported by roughly zero other pieces of audio equipment)
     
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    quigleybc

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    Oxygen 8 M -Audio

    and Ableton Live/Logic E/Reason.
     
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    MIDI_EVIL

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    Korg MicroKorg.

    Rich.
     
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    M-Audio Keystation 49e
    with Reason 3.0 mostly

    I automate most of what
    I need in the software,
    so i didn't need all kinds
    of knobs and buttons.

    49 keys was nicer than 25.
     
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    Once i get my studio set-up again...

    It is a pretty cool set-up if you like older 80's stuff:

    Korg Dw-6000 (although I am hunting for a DW-8000)
    Akai AX80
    Sequential Multitrak
    Sequential Tom (always looking for Drumware/Interval Music cartridges)
    Moog Liberation (non-midi)
    Kawai K1m
    Korg DVP-1
    Kawai Q-80 sequencer (for the "road" which I don't do, but what the hey...)
    ART Proverb upgraded to Proverb200
    Lexicon Vortex
    Simmons SPM 8:2
    Akai MX8
    2 Akai S612 samplers
    Korg DSS-1 I intend to sell, but I'll mention it
    and the brains behind this studio? Amiga 4000 running Bars & Pipes Pro
    I also have a sample dump editor

    With the exception of the DSS-1, I wouldn't trade any of it... I love these older synths.

    Now, an advertisement for my thread - I need some help for a new home audio set-up I am considering, so please visit it and give me some advice...

    Cheers!
    Paul
     
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    CME UF6 61key. The USB drivers kinda suck, but using midi works just fine i hear, but i havent used the MIDI yet. Its a nice keyboard/midi controller overall.
     
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    scottlinux

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    Hey guys/gals speaking of midi controllers, I just contacted a guy to buy his Yamaha DX7. Any DX7 owners out there? I'm planning to use it as a controller, as well as synth. I'm having trouble finding OS X software as a librarian or patch loader for the DX7. Anyone know of anything? Thanks,
     
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    Been using an M-Audio Oxygen 8 for most of the work I do. It's mostly pad related stuff or parts that are generally confined to an octave or two.
     
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    Close to what I am using Edirol PCR-M80, glad I opted for the extra keys, and fits well on the desktop, which is handy.

    Right now only plugged into garageband, plan on moving to Logic come Christmas time (c'mon Santa! :D )
     
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    i use a novation remote 25 with logic pro7 :)
     
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    pimentoLoaf

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    I had ordered an Edirol PCR-M80; second thoughts crept in as it wasn't a sound-producing synth with speakers. I modified the order for an Edirol PC-80 which, alas, wasn't explained well on the Edirol site that this was a speaker-oriented version of the M80 for playing an included software synth. Had I not already bought Logic Express I probably wouldn't have minded, but...

    I opted for the aforementioned Yamaha synth with MIDI capability. (BTW, it wasn't just introduced: it came out in late 2005 or early 2006.)

    What I should have done was follow through on an earlier idea: a Yamaha S03 attached to my Creature speakers sitting underneath. (Would this combo require a pre-amp?) It has MIDI and the usual array of synth sounds (piano, organ, flute, & strings).

    If I had the money, I'd upgrade to a Motif MO8.
     
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    Cant Get Midi!

    are you using reason 4????





    i have a microkorg and reason 4.0 on my macbook connected with a midi to usb cable... everything works perfectly and when i unplug my usb cable reason says the device i added is disconected so i know it recognizes it. but i CANNOT for the life of me get it to control and play synth.

    reason 4 will NOT let my use my microkorg as a midi controller ??? are their leopard drivers ?? :/:/

    im so frustrated. please help guys.


    im on 10.5.2
     
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    apsterling

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    Casio CTK-530 on Channel 2
    M-Audio Keystudio 49 on Channel 1

    The CTK-530 is great for standard piano or wide range pads/percussion seeing as it's got 5 octaves, whereas I use the Keystudio when replicating a synthesizer, because it has a Modwheel, Pitchbender and Volume Slider.

    I also do a fair bit of automation through software, but as soon as I have funds I'm going to invest in a midi controller with a few faders and sliders on it.
     
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    i'm using a carillon 25 key usb midi controller:

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    was pretty cheap, and feels cheap, but i use it just to input the notes into logic and for changing synth parameter values with real knobs.

    someone was asking about one with a budget of £100. this cost me £50, but isn't a synth. not sure if you could get a synth for under £100 :confused:
     
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    3rdpath

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    i use a fatar sl-880 as a controller though i sometimes use my ms-2000 for synth lines.

    and pmboos: what a great setup!

    i miss my dw-8000 and ex-8000..cept the ex drifted outta tune far worse than my minimoog did. ( which is saying a lot).

    i also have a dss-1...still love it's gritty 8 bit sound and the dual delays. have boxes of blank DS/DD floppies cause they're tough to find. still think it's pitch/mod stick is the best controller ever made.
     

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