Best Option Fro Recording Keyboard Through The Computer?
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Apr 7 2011, 03:39 PM
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What is the best option when recording keyboard via the computer.

I want to be able to put in some nice keyboard when recording songs. What is the best option? give me all you got

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Apr 7 2011, 09:49 PM
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First off, what do you plan to use it for? Orchestra's, Choirs, Other sample library's? Generally all of those come in VST format, in which case you don't technically even need a keyboard, you can program it via the piano roll in reaper or whatever DAW you are using. Although this way controlling velocity, volume, sensitivity can be more of a pain since it must be done manually, instead of your playing deciding these factors.

Most keyboards though, have a USB which can be pretty much all you need, but if you have an external mixer/ interface that has MIDI inputs and goes into a sound card, that would probably give you the best results. (Unless they make sound cards for PC's with MIDI I/O, I am not too sure.) Also, I think some keys can record through 1/4" input, and I have even seen people play keys through cabinets and mic the cabinets like they were guitars.

What I use is just a small MIDI controller, which goes into USB 2.0. Although most of the time I find myself just programming it in via the piano roll in reaper, that way its quick and easy, and requires no re-recording if there is something to be changed.

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