What kind of interface/midi key board?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by khurr11, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. khurr11 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2008
    hey whats up guys, I am extremely new to macs, and I just recently got a mac book pro, and I was curious exactly where to start to begin making music on logic express. I need to learn by practing and messing around but I find myself questioning myself on whether or not I know where to start. What kind of interface should I buy and what kind of midi key board? and is that all i need?

    I know rookie questions suck but any answer would help thanks guys
  2. wilmor42 macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2005
    firstly, you need to come up with some sort of budget in order to know how you might split the money for different bits and pieces... if you only need one or two inputs (eg.xlr) then there are many midi keyboards/interfaces that can do both.. if you need say 8 inputs then you'll need a heftier device and will obviously need to spend more money.. also, do you need monitors? cos thats even more money and good ones aren't cheap!
  3. khurr11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2008
    nah just trying to make some music via logic, just starting small, im taking classes in recording in the fall so im just trying to get the gist of it. do you have any brand preferance for a small interface and how about midi keyboard? Im lookin for one with a percussion pad built on, looks like i could mess around with those things forever.
  4. suprajoe macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2008
    I am just starting out. I have Logic Pro 8 and Reason. My birthday is coming up so I told my wife I wanted a M-Audio Keystation 88es. I was looking at the M-Audio Axiom 61, but I am not going to be doing anything live, so I really don't need all those extras. If someone has used the 88es, please let me know your thoughts, or any suggestions.
  5. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    If you're looking to do this on the cheap, then you could use built-in audio on the MBP. Get a pair of headphones that you like and can afford and plug it into your 1/8" audio jack on the MPB. Add a USB MIDI keyboard ($100 and up) and plug it into a USB port on the MPB. This will give you the basic things you'd need to play around with with to make music in Logic. You can always add/upgrade in the future.
  6. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    I like having a full size keyboard and it works great with Logic Studio.

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