What do you use for playing Midi Files??

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  1. SeeU 22

    SeeU 22 New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I am new here and fairly new to midi as well. I am a guitar player and I thought the idea of plugging a midi cable into my footcontroller was complicated. I guess us guitarists can be classified as midiots.

    I recently took the plunge and purchased Sonar 2.0XL and Gigastudio. One of the main uses I want to get out of this rig is to record percussion/keyboard backing tracks to play with my keyboardless band. It really adds another dimension to a lot of songs. I record the songs and then burn them onto a mini disc and the place a click in the right out and the sequence on the left out.

    When I was pissing around with the Edirol VSC that comes with Sonar XL I was very impress with the sounds it contained. After using Sonar for a couplw of weeks I installed giga Studio and Giga piano. After playing with the sounds in giga studio for a while the sounds in the VSC didn't sound all that hot anymore.

    What are you guys using for similar purposes?

    Are there any really good GM soft synths out there?

    Do you guys just route the different tracks different synths, say one for piano, one for drums, etc.

    Neil
  2. davph30

    davph30 New Member

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    I use Cubase and play my midi through a Roland jv1010 and use Battery for drums, sounds good to me
  3. lostdave

    lostdave 'EVIL' Mod

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    i route my drums to my roland spd-20 and everything else to varying sound modules and soft synths...until i get the right sounds...

    Dave
  4. midiaxe

    midiaxe New Member

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    I'm a guitar player too! I play with a band using backing tracks. I create backing tracks using Sonar through Roland XP-50 keyboard. Then I record the output of the keyboard to another computer using Soundforge adding click track on the right channel (for stage monitor). I then convert it to mp3 and use a laptop to play the mp3 on the stage (using winamp) for live performance. Hope this helps...
  5. The Keeper

    The Keeper The Keeper

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    I use cubase to create the midi, then take it to the gig and play it from a laptop into a sd35 sound module. I also use minidisc for backup, and if I need any backup vocals for a particular song to make it sound right, eg 'all the small things' - blink 182
  6. Ralph'e'

    Ralph'e' www.ralphe.tk

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    wow.. this is all pretty hightec :p
  7. jezjan

    jezjan New Member

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    i use roland SC-88 pro sound module and singer song writer in creating my midis. have not ventured into midi disk yet and you guys have given me some ideas how to do it. So grateful for boards like this in midibuddy. hope to see more pointers from professional users. jmf
  8. JTAN

    JTAN New Member

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    I use a demo copy of SONAR (I'm going to buy it soon). This works great (and its free). You can mute tracks you don't want and make a lot of cool edits.
  9. letsmix

    letsmix New Member

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    Playing MIDI files live

    Roland XP-60. Definitely the low-tech king for playback, especially of .mid files. It will take them straight from your PC on a floppy and play them, only with better GM sounds than 99% of the computers out there. You can turn the local off and fake playing the keyboard, if you're into the Milli Vanilli thing.

    For audio with midi, mp3 players rule. Not only can the cheapest one play almost four sets worth of material, but unlike the MiniDisk, they are truly shock proof, with no moving parts to wear out. The MiniDisk does sound better, but for most live performances, you'll be fine with mP3. People who bring their laptop to a gig just to play back mp3s are true thrillseekers, in my opinion.

    I compile the tracks on Pro Tools TDM, or DP3 (Macs rule, too, as everyone should know by now), then create an SD2 or AIFF file with click on the left, audio on the right, monitored (VERY important) through a stage-type main or monitor speaker during mixdown. I then use one of several mp3 utilities to create the mp3s at fairly high quality and voila--instant portable, gigable backing tracks.
  10. rupe

    rupe New Member

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    I just use the WMA player. I am new to MIDI so is there something better I should use?
    I have a guillemot input into the computer.
    Any suggestions would be good. Sometimes I hate the actual sounds it plays.
  11. burtrum

    burtrum New Member

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    I use a Roland SC-D70 for mid and audio, it's a usb device and I can record directly to the hard drive, no analog nothing!
  12. kwells7444

    kwells7444 New Member

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    FL Studio is the BEST!
  13. alant

    alant New Member

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    I use a Roland VA5 for live play and Cakewalk for editing certain instruments. That said, I am now considering purchasing Cubase. Is this product easy to use like Cakewalk? I have noticed a number of members referring to it!
  14. kuerbo

    kuerbo New Member

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    Just plain old windows media player. It works fine.
  15. Bladez26

    Bladez26 New Member

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    SonarXL, Edirol Hypercanvas and mastered thru an Extigy onto minidisk. I have a great JVC 3xCD/Minidisc player that's great. I sing and play guitar over the top.
  16. sebtellier

    sebtellier New Member

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    Cant beat SB live with a cracking GM soundfont
  17. blue920

    blue920 New Member

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    i just use winamp and download plugins to help it out
  18. calsonik

    calsonik New Member

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    I use windows media player and record them to my Sony mini disc player. Very reliable.
  19. saxmidiman

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    Use cakewalk with Yamaha MU90R Tone Generator for live. It allows me to drop instruments if I want to add a keyboard player or bass player in my duo. Otherwise I'd end up making up thousands of mp3 or CD's to play with.

    It also allows my midi to change by guitar and vocal processors as the song goes. It also runs my light show. (Guitar uses midi channel 1, vocals use midi channel 16 and the light show uses midi channel 9).

    For at home, I use a yamaha s-yxg soft synth to work out my songs.
  20. calsonik

    calsonik New Member

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    Running a light show with a midi channel is something new to me. Id love to know how that works and what is needed to accomplish this.

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