What's Your MIDI Keyboard / Synth?


zimv20

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Jul 18, 2002
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toronto
i still use my korg ms-10 a bit:



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

 

Foxglove9

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Jan 14, 2006
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New York City
I mostly use the Yamaha CS1x for MIDI controlling. Otherwise I have Sidstation, Korg MS2000, drum machine, plus lots of other synths and controllers.
 

scottlinux

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Sep 21, 2005
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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.
 

Foxglove9

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Jan 14, 2006
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scottlinux said:
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.
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.
 

FattyMembrane

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Apr 14, 2002
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bat country
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)
 

1dterbeest

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Feb 14, 2006
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Waupun, WI
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.
 

pmboos

macrumors newbie
Sep 23, 2006
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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
 

trogdor!

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Mar 7, 2006
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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.
 

scottlinux

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Sep 21, 2005
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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,
 

cschreppel

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Jul 17, 2006
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Boston, MA
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.
 

Cowinacape

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Jul 3, 2006
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Surrey B.C. Canada
scottlinux said:
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.
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 )
 

pimentoLoaf

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Original poster
Dec 30, 2001
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The SimCity Deli
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.
 

MacBoy08

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Mar 9, 2008
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Fort Smith
Cant Get Midi!

Korg MicroKorg.

Rich.
are you using reason 4????



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


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
 

apsterling

macrumors 6502a
Nov 24, 2007
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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.
 

ashjamben

macrumors 6502a
Oct 28, 2007
608
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Shanghai, China
i'm using a carillon 25 key usb midi controller:



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:
 

3rdpath

macrumors 68000
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.