Keyboard (or other input) recommendations

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by Kevin Galligan, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. I'm just getting started with the electronic music. I recently bought
    a boss digital 8-track which includes a drum machine. I bought this
    to work on songs ideas for my band (I'm the guitarist). I started
    learning how to program electronic drums and have figured out that I
    should at least get some other piece of equipment to input the drum
    data, if not something somewhat more sophistocated.

    The 8-track has a set of buttons for the tracks and other stuff that
    double as drum sound buttons when in drum track mode. Since there are
    only 6 buttons available for this, I have to hit a button to get to
    the tom's if need be (the first set has the drum, snare, hh, and
    cymbols, which covers most basic situations). The buttons are also
    difficult to hit. Basically, its a digital recorder with a drum
    machine crammed into it.

    I'm thinking one of the following options...

    1) Freeware midi or midi/drum specific software, and input with
    keyboard (midi export to 8-track)
    2) Cakewalk (or similar) with midi or digital audio export to mixer
    3) Midi keyboard to computer, with midi export to mixer
    4) Drum pad (same as above)
    5) Input device (keyboard or drum pad) with cakewalk or other software
    6) Whole new self-contained drum machine

    I'm basically doing this for song ideas to work on and "express" to
    the band in a good form. I know very little about the devices and
    software packages involved. I'd like something with a lot more
    control over the editing and input of drum patters. The 8-track is
    ok, but its like building a ship in a bottle.

    My computer platform is win32 (AMD 2200, 512mb, plenty of drive
    space).

    Obviously I'd like to spend less money, but I'm not against spending
    the money if what I'm buying is worth it. I just impulse bought a
    Marshall amp head on ebay last week. Yes, I'm single.

    Thanks in advance,
    -Kevin
  2. JB Seattle

    JB Seattle Guest

    Checkout Drag and Drop Drummer at smartloops.com or Jammer Pro at
    soundtrek.com
    JB
    "Kevin Galligan" <kgalligan@xsitement.net> wrote in message
    news:6503879c.0308260528.16f530dd@posting.google.com...
    > I'm just getting started with the electronic music. I recently bought
    > a boss digital 8-track which includes a drum machine. I bought this
    > to work on songs ideas for my band (I'm the guitarist). I started
    > learning how to program electronic drums and have figured out that I
    > should at least get some other piece of equipment to input the drum
    > data, if not something somewhat more sophistocated.
    >
    > The 8-track has a set of buttons for the tracks and other stuff that
    > double as drum sound buttons when in drum track mode. Since there are
    > only 6 buttons available for this, I have to hit a button to get to
    > the tom's if need be (the first set has the drum, snare, hh, and
    > cymbols, which covers most basic situations). The buttons are also
    > difficult to hit. Basically, its a digital recorder with a drum
    > machine crammed into it.
    >
    > I'm thinking one of the following options...
    >
    > 1) Freeware midi or midi/drum specific software, and input with
    > keyboard (midi export to 8-track)
    > 2) Cakewalk (or similar) with midi or digital audio export to mixer
    > 3) Midi keyboard to computer, with midi export to mixer
    > 4) Drum pad (same as above)
    > 5) Input device (keyboard or drum pad) with cakewalk or other software
    > 6) Whole new self-contained drum machine
    >
    > I'm basically doing this for song ideas to work on and "express" to
    > the band in a good form. I know very little about the devices and
    > software packages involved. I'd like something with a lot more
    > control over the editing and input of drum patters. The 8-track is
    > ok, but its like building a ship in a bottle.
    >
    > My computer platform is win32 (AMD 2200, 512mb, plenty of drive
    > space).
    >
    > Obviously I'd like to spend less money, but I'm not against spending
    > the money if what I'm buying is worth it. I just impulse bought a
    > Marshall amp head on ebay last week. Yes, I'm single.
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    > -Kevin

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