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Music equipment setup
Mar 10 2004
17:36
andromeda
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As no-one has contributed anything in here yet, I thought I’d start things off by asking you all what equipment you are using to produce your music. Clearly we all have a computer in order to create the Vocaloid sound. But how do you combine this with the other music elements. Are you completely PC based for all sound generation/midi/audio and final recording? Or are you also using “traditional” studio gear eg keyboards and sound modules together with hardwate effects units etc etc.
For myself I have always been keyboard based and only intended to use the computer for Vocaloid. Because the Vocaloid software does not output midi time code and does not have a functional VST, I operate by saving Lola’s output as a wave file and then importing it to a PC-based score writer where I add the other instruments as required. I output LOla’s audio and the midi files to a Korg Workstation where I combine the sounds and record.
Over to you,
Chris

Mar 10 2004
22:13
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I’m a media-man/academic, not a muscian, and I’m quite excited by the idea of being able to put the computer to full use for everything now. The computer now is a truly usable multi-media machine. If I can write magazine articles and degree theses on my PC (and I have and do), I should also be able to record audio for profesional use, and I’m in the middle of this experiment.

I don’t intend to learn any musical instruments, nor read and write music, I don’t think that’s necessary any more. I have a mini-disc machine hooked up to the PC, and my PC has a CD and DVD burner. I even use Trollo for midi input <img class=” />, no need to buy a keyboard. And I can sing now .. thanks to Vocaloid. So, for me it all happens right here on my PC. A totally PC-only experience.

May 5 2004
07:45
timwill
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I am completely PC based. The only external equipment is:

Amp/speakers.
8 channel mixer – for monitoring purposes only – although I only use 4 channels of my 8 output Gina soundcard. That’s 2 for Cubase and 2 for everything else.
Preamps with dynamic processing for recording vocals & acoustic instruments.
USB keyboard.

tim

May 6 2004
03:18
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I have tons of equipment but I don’t use ir for my midi stuff. I input with the piano roll. The sequencer I have lets you hear the notes as you input so I sequence by ear, the same way I play instruments. I have a full orchestra of instruments. Everything from violin to Baritone sax. Banjo, guitar, keyboards, kalimba, dulcimer. Got em all. I think sax was the hardest instrument for me ro learn. Actually had to learn to read music a little before I couls get a lot out of it. Steel guitar is probably the most complicated instrument I’ve learned. Better really understand chordal harmony to play it.

May 15 2004
12:12
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My steup is mostly PC based.

For sequencing I use FL studio 4.5.1
sent to a Spirit Notepad 4 track mixing desk.
guitar work is recorded live via mixer.
Ibanez five pickup electric guitar/Valencia Classical guitar with picup
For orchestration I use Edirol Superquartet and Orchestral.
Ihave just bought Absynth2, I intend to use this within my compositions.
Keyboard I use Evolution – Mk249C for midi input.
I also bought Wizoo’s virtual guitarist. Groove agent for percussions.
What with Lola and possibly Miriam on the way.
I think I have enough to play with at the minute. :roll:

Robert

May 16 2004
00:14
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Ever been to guitarpro.com? They have a free sequencer demo works like a guitar. Saves in midi tab format, with a converter to change to regular midi if you wish. Pretty cool site for guitar players

May 16 2004
00:26
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I will look that up soon I get a chance. I have been looking around to see if there were any guitar software around worht buying. I have not been in the music software hunt lately. But anything that will get me to produce better music will always be welcome.

Thanks for that.

Robert

May 20 2004
13:51
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Lateral Solutions do a nice (and cheap under thirty quid) little pitch-to-MIDI – polyphonic – program called Guitar Synth which allows you to plug your ordinary electric guitar directly into the mic socket of your soundcard without the need for a pre-amp and then converts the notes into a MIDI stream. Maybe worth a look as they do a fully functioning demo that times out after a while to see if you like it or can use it?

Jun 10 2004
08:22
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Ok, my equipment set up:

Besides the PC, on which I mostly run Reason, plus a few VST and VSTi from time to time, through a Terratec Phase 88 soundcard, I have the following hardware:

StudioLogic MIDI master keyboard (nice weighted action)
SpinDoctor MIDI controller
Yamaha SG2000S 6-string
Yamaha 5-string Bass
Ibanez acoustic bass
Westone cheap and nasty bass :P
Yamaha FG160 acoustic 6-string
Antares semi-acoustic 6-string
Yamaha AW16G DAW
Behringer Bass V-amp pro
Behringer FCB1010 pedal board
Behringer 10 channel mixer
Behringer B2 pro condenser mic
A bunch of guitar effects pedals (mostly Boss)
Alesis SR16 drum machine (not much used these days)
Marshal MG30D amp
Carlsboro Cobra 90W Bass combo
Alesis RA150 power amp
A pair of [b:t57tq2y5]old[/b:t57tq2y5], but solid, Technics speakers
Sennheiser phones

[i:t57tq2y5]Phew[/i:t57tq2y5], I didn’t realize it was so much until I came to list it all 8O

Jun 10 2004
10:24
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:D

Wow!… Please let me know when you have a car boot sale!………

Jun 10 2004
12:33
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Heh, unlikely I think, since I never throw [i:1fishyp0]anything[/i:1fishyp0] away (you can tell can’t you?)

Jun 10 2004
13:28
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:mrgreen:

Oh!… very well.

but you can’t stop an old man from trying, can you. <img class=” />

Jun 10 2004
21:16
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Have you tried that guitar synth RA??? I tried it and it only played back about 1 out of 10 notes of a slow to moderate fingerpicking song. I adjusted settings every way I could think of and tried 3 different guitars. The unregistered version has a couple of settings which don;t work, but If I cant get their demo to work, I aint gonna shell out 30 quid for it. However much 30 quid is, its too much for something that won’t work. I would love to have a guitar to midi program that works. I think those programs aren’t going to work in poly mode. At least I haven’t found one yet. It did seem to know the chords I was playing in the chordal mode, as long as I stayed below the 5th fret. Above that, it registered nothing. I also found the program quite tedious to use, though not as tedious as a certain singer with no lips.

Aug 19 2009
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Hi,
I am using PC equipments and also using dvd player.
I know the point about which you are asking. But i think you should use only pc equipments to enjoy Music of life.

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