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JamesXIIC

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  1. If you want a decent MIDI controller and aren't too bothered about having tons of knobs I'd recommend the M-Audio Keystation 61ES. It's semi-weighted and I feel the action is nice. I don't know why everyone is so up about the Radium as I used one at University and it wasn't at all bad but I prefer the 61 keys and feel of the Keystation. Plus it's USB so you don't need a MIDI interface though that should pretty much be a standard nowadays.
  2. Erm.....why the hell wouldn't it be a drum kit? That wasn't exactly the dark ages. Hell look at the synth solo in Edgar Winter Groups "Frankenstein"! That was before the MiniMoog but is still as powerful and expressive in this day and age as it was. Let's see, the mics were different and the mixers were different, the monitoring equipment was different...it's entirely possible for the sample to have been "played". Aside from that, I thought the video it was really cool and made a good point. But really how far can one go to enfore these laws? I just hope to god "Rhianna" or whatever her name i
  3. As they said it's not about the quality of the monitoring equipment you use, it's about knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your setup and having a good idea of how it will sound on a variety of speakers and headphones of differing quality. Even so, you can't really go wrong with a good set of studio monitors...providing you have the cash. They certainly make some adjustments easier. The bottom line is this though - once you find what works for you stick with it. Not that I'm well informed when it comes to the world of production however... Oh and.. Post count +1 Level up! Took me long eno
  4. Screw that, if you are gonna go Roland and go "D" the answer is simple - get the D50! Is it just me or do 80's synths just feel more organic...you know, alive? Maybe it's because the D/A converters are so shitty or the low bit rates give it that gritty quality I love so much. Argh who am I kiddin', I want a D50. *sob* *sob* Or even better, the V-synth loaded with the D50 card. Too bad there's no D50 softsynth either... Oh yeah, sorry for straying off topic there...but seriously what are you looking for in a synth? A workstation? A ROMpler? An analogue? A digital synth? FM or Sample and Synt
  5. Don't mind him, he's being a bit harsh I'd say. Anyway, I own a PSR-540 which is near identical to the 550 'cept a bit older. I think the DSP chips and wavetable ROM are exactly the same though, and if not then the 550 is bound to sound even better. The good news is that the PSR-540 (and 550) and absolutely outstanding sounding keyboards in that price range. In fact, factory sound wise I say they are much better bang for your buck than all this Motif and Fantom stuff if you just want stock sounds. The bad news is that, unlike those more expensive workstations I mentioned, you can't program th
  6. Hey man, just to let you know you'll either need a DI box (direct injection) or a high Z (impedence) to low Z converter if you want that bass sounding any good. You see guitars are naturally high impedence and your soundcard accepts low impedence signals like most microphones and synthesisers etc. You need to covert this signal otherwise you will lose a lot of the high end and crispness of the bass' sound. Don't worry though, I'm sure you can get a "high Z -> low Z" for little cash and it also doesn't require power to do the conversion. Also guitars - basses included of course - are more su
  7. Ah, so you use the playlist instead of the step sequencer to trigger to audio samples? It's a bit funny having the audio clips in the automation section but thanks guys, that certainly will make my life easier.
  8. Thanks Yoozer, that cleared a lot up. I had already read the articules at www.vintagesynth.com and www.synthmania.com so had a fair idea about what was going on but now I'm totally filled in. I suppose you could use and sampler that includes effects and filters to achieve the same sort of sound but you need A) Lo-fi samples and a ton of programming. My question has been answered though - I'll definitely look into the Legacy Digi Edition, and Wardolf too. Too bad I'm broke until the summer when I get a job of some sort. Oh CompyFox, if you track down a PC version of Final Fantasy 7 you get th
  9. Bugger me, only $150?! That's CRAZY! I was looking at the specs on the site - 900 PCM waveforms! I mean that's a LOT of waveforms...not to mention you get Wavestation and an ton of effects thrown in free. And who cares if it's based on an old sound module, this software looks like it's giving you your very own 80's Motif/Trition/Fantom...and them some! 'tis the mutts nuts I'll bet.
  10. So I was doing some research on digital synthesisers because my knowledge isn't too great in this area and I found out that two of the most well known ones are the Roland D-50 and Korg M1, aside from the DX7 but I know enough about that at the moment. Basically I know that the D-50 uses Roland's own "Linear Arthimetic synthesis" which basically means instead of having full samples stored in ROM, it only had the lo-fi samples (i.e. waveforms with an 8 bit sampling resolution) of the attack segments of real instruments while the sustain portion of the sounds were handled by a very basic model o
  11. Actually I am using audio clips. How would I go about doing that then? The only work about I've found is automating the volume so the start of the sample doesn't play.
  12. Again many thanks zircon, that worked a treat and now I can get back to what matters. As for Logic, I liked but it but I still believe FL is much better value for money. I just like to be able to see the raw audio and slice it up on a channel sort of level if you know what I mean. Say you want to cut a loop in half and use the latter half only, you can't do that easily in FL unless you go into the wave editor and physically alter the sample. And the sampler plays waves like a sampler, trigger only. You can't preview sections of a wavefile like you can in Logic and Pro Tools. I know this mak
  13. Yeah, it's FL 6 alright and I've made sure none of the time stretching knobs are at weird values. I WOULD use Logic or Pro Tools but I don't have it...we got to use it in MIDI sequening at University and it was cool. As for the ESQ-1, yeah, pretty retro but it's a cover of an 80's song so it's more than ideal. What's reprazent mean?
  14. Right, I'm doing a remix of a song for my Recording Tech module at University and I'm recording parts on my Alesis Ion, ESQ-1, guitar and bass for this. To keep the CPU usage low I'm using the "Sampler" plugin inside FL but sometimes when I import the wave file it stretches it only for playback. The actual wave file itself stays the way I recorded it but when I play it in the project file it'll stretch it to double the speed and pitch. It doesn't always happen, usually only for about one in every three parts I record. When I use Kontakt 2 it doesn't stretch it at all so that's a work around,
  15. Sequncer - Fruity Loops Studio 6 Pro Software - Sampletank 2 XL - Sonik Synth 2 - Garritan Personal Orchestra - Ethno World volume 3 - Kontakt 2 - Synth1 Hardware - Jim Deacon Strat copy - Squier precision bass - Alesis Ion virtual analogue - Ensoniq ESQ-1 digital wave synth - M-Audio Keystation 61 ES MIDI keyboard And that's it...
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