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#31 dasaten

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 08:51 AM

Soo it's a bit rough around the edges but I did a play through of KDB's Actraiser cover whilst recording. Thought I'd share. :P

 

All about the last note  : O)

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 11:15 PM

Major soft-synth creators like Propellerhead and Native Instruments have awesome deals extending from black Friday for a couple more days. I'm especially interested in Native Instruments' software offerings.  Any of you guys particularly like any of their stuff?

YES. I use their Massive, FM8 and Absynth plug-ins. They are all excellent and I use them primarily when I am not setting sounds up for playing live. I've considered setting up my rig to include my computer so I could use the plugins because I like them so much. I've wanted to explore more of their other stuff so I might even consider checking this deal out myself. Thanks :D

I think I'm gonna go for Razor.  It just seems too intense and unpredictable for me to ignore.  I just wish it had a sampler, but at that point it would greatly outgrow its current price point.


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 09:27 PM

I am not really a keyboard player, but I've been doing more and more MIDI stuff lately and am feeling the limitations of my little E-MU Xboard 25.  I also ended up with an old M-Audio Radium 61 (back when they were still called "MIDIMAN"), but it's pretty clunky (note-offs sometimes don't register, whole thing tends to glitch).  I'd like to get another 61, but a 49 would be fine.

 

I already have a separate Akai MPD18 for drum pads, so I don't need anything that has pads on it, but I do need pitch and mod, and at least a couple of assignable sliders or knobs.  Been narrowing down on a last-gen Oxygen 49, but I'd love to hear from people that have used them (or have other suggestions.)  Budget is definitely an option.

 

Anyone?  Bueller?


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 04:56 PM

I've said it before and I'll say it again (and forever): stay away from m-audio. They're cheap, and you'll buy one for $75-100, and two years later you'll realize that it sucks (either by way of just playing it or it starting to break on you). And then you'll get another M-Audio for another $100, and in a year or two another for $100. :(


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:01 PM

Thanks Snap.  What would you recommend?


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:03 PM

Searching now, keeping budget in mind. What price range are you looking into?


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:14 PM

$250 would probably be the most I could go with right now.  Used/refurbished are totally okay with me.  Gracias.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:16 PM

The best value in MIDI controllers that I know of is still the Roland A-pro series (A500 and A800 pro). They're expesnive, $250 for the A500 (49 key version) and $350-400 for the A800 (61 key).

 

But here's this auction for a used one:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item3f4bed16b0

 

at $225 (the last gen "cakewalk" branded model, same excellent quality though). I'm not sure how you feel about pitch sticks, I love them.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:21 PM

Either way I'll start researching a bit more, I'm curious as to what's out there these days.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:24 PM

Looks like the Alesis VI is popular too, I asked around and got some good feedback on it. The 61 key version is about $280 brand new. See if you can get that used.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:25 PM

Thanks dude.  I really appreciate it.  Like I said, I'm not really an accomplished keyboardist, and this is entering an entirely new world.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:33 PM

Yeah, I don't mean to flat out discourage you from going M-Audio, so if that works best for you then go for it. I'm just saying that in the long run I personally found that I ended up paying just as much for my 3 M-Audio keyboards  as I did for a decent controller (after those 3 all stopped working). It kind of sucks that the entry level market for these things is pretty sketchy in terms of quality. I mean we did go through this before when you asked for recommendations, so as last time I will recommend that you go with whatever fits your needs and your budget right now, but always be aware of what your money is and isn't getting you.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 06:35 PM

I honestly don't remember asking before. I very well might have, but it has entirely slipped my mind. As slippery as my mind is. Sorry if this is all redundant! Regardless, I appreciate your help, and you know that you're always just looking for an excuse to look into keyboard to gear anyway. ;-)
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Posted 03 May 2015 - 06:57 PM

So true..... except now I have to stop myself because I've already been spending too much on guitars and guitar accessories so far this year...


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Posted 04 May 2015 - 12:12 AM

I was going to recommend what I use but it's $300. the Novation Impulse. I got it a while back and still love it for MIDI and recording but also cuz it syncs with Ableton. I would go with Snapple on the M-Audio for his point of them being great for the price and you can just get another one later. 


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