What is the best hardware for inputting MIDI?

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  1. palumbor

    palumbor New Member

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    What does everyone think about the best hardware for inputting midi's? I am new to it and would like to learn a bit.
  2. frchung

    frchung New Member

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    Best hardware, hmm that's very subjective.... As long as you are comfortable with it, that's the best.

    I'm using cakewalk as sequencer, so to input the midi notes, I record "live" from the keyboard, then followed by a quantization. But for drums tracks, I use the piano roll mostly to "draw" the notes :)
  3. Ralon

    Ralon New Member

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    I use Cakewalk now its cool and yeah its a good idea too use an actual keyboard to input midis using a midi cable to your computers joystick port
  4. Graeme

    Graeme New Member

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    That's a bit of an odd question :) .

    I suppose the simple answer has to be another question - what instrument do you play best? Whatever it is, use that.

    Most instruments can be midi'ised (if that's a word). Obviously, if you play a keyboard instrument, you're more than half-way there, but you can use guitar (using pitch to midi conversion - not an exact science, but a lot of people seem to get away with it).

    Alternatively, a guitarist might like to look at the Ztar - sort of guitar shaped keyboard instrument. Not cheap, but well worth every penny it costs.

    You can get midi violins and wind instruments - in truth the world's your oyster.
  5. jamaicapepe

    jamaicapepe New Member

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    try a midi interface!!!!
  6. bnjiman80

    bnjiman80 Tangled Up In Blue

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    Nice Idea

    hehe, well I think you should point out that it cost $2,695 in 2001 dude lol

    http://onstagemag.com/ar/performance_performance_tools_yamaha/index.htm

    I would say Palumbor, if you're a bad-ass guitarist, then midi's wont make the sort of sound you need anyway! You might use midi drums, and use WAV files alongside for guitar and bass (possibility using a significantly cheaper octave pedal, as was used for the bass on "Seven Nation Army".)

    But, basically, if you're like the rest of us, its a keyboard! Why?

    1. Because the keystrokes are easily fed into a PC via a midi interface. No analogue to digital hasstle.

    2. Because the midi format can exactly reproduce the things you do on a keyboard; there's no string-dampening, dive-bombing! Guitars sound great because they are good guitars!

    3. Because you can get a midi controller for under £50 / $80!
  7. Graeme

    Graeme New Member

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    Re: Nice Idea

    Well, I did say they weren't cheap :) .

    However, you can get one for under $2,000. In fact, the very basic model (the Mini-Z) is currently $1,595. Check out http://www.starrlabs.com/ for more details. I realise, on the face of it, this is still a lot of money - but it is less than you would pay for a top-of-the-line master keyboard from (say) Fatar and plenty of keyboard players aspire to something like that, so why shouldn't a guitarist?

    As for the Ztar's versatility and usefulness, I can only say I have one and it's positively amazing what can be done with it. For the inputting of midi to a sequencer, the Ztar beats a pitch to midi guitar, hands down, anyday. It's also a wonderful 'live' instrument, with none of the tracking and glitching problems associated with midi guitar.

    The real point is, if you are basically a guitar player, this instrument is much easier to get to grips with than a keyboard would be - although it is not a guitar and you wouldn't want to use it as such. If you want 'guitar things' then play the guitar instead.
  8. bnjiman80

    bnjiman80 Tangled Up In Blue

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    Hmm, it does sound very nice Greame! I'm jealous now! :p
  9. joni11

    joni11 New Member

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    how to input? why i cant make it? when i record the duration will be strange, help me please? thanks
  10. Graeme

    Graeme New Member

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    Come on - give us a break. Explain your problem in plain English and someone will be able to help you, but we can't answer riddles.
  11. gallusmc

    gallusmc New Member

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    well, you have to know, what you need and what you don't need e.g. how many inputs /outs
  12. bnjiman80

    bnjiman80 Tangled Up In Blue

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    What hardware are you using?

    How is it connected to your PC?

    What software are you using?

    Can't suggest anything without this info!

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