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#1 limeloaf

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 08:45 PM

I'm currently running...

- Amplification

- Peavey Special 130 Solo Series 300 watt amp
- Old Yamaha Powered Speaker

- Soft Synths

- Arturia ARP 2600
- Arturia Minimoog
- Arturia Moog Modular
- GMedia Minimonsta
- Arturia MTron
- Korg Legacy Collection
- Arturia CS-80

- Computer Programs

- Reason
- Cubase SX

- Midi Controllers

- Fatar/Studiologic SL-161 61 Key
- Cheap 49 Key Radioshack keyboard that functions as a midi controller

- Interfaces

Tascam US-122 Audio/Midi Interface

- Synth Modules

- Roland SH-32. This thing is simply incredible, one of the best VA   synths i've ever played.

All of my Soft Synths are VSTi's in Cubase.

I run my SL-161 through the Tascam into my computer and output from the Tascam in Stereo through my amp + powered speaker.

I run my Radioshack controller through the SH-32 with one output going straight to my amp and one output going through the Tascam.

My set-up is fairly simple and I plan on getting a Minimoog Voyager in the next year.

I'll post pics soon.

Tell me about your rigs!

Edited by limeloaf, 22 June 2006 - 08:48 PM.


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#2 Robman2112

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 11:43 PM

I've got a piano. tongue.gif

Although I'd like to get into MIDI controllers and synths...

#3 limeloaf

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 11:52 PM

QUOTE (Robman2112 @ Jun 22 2006, 11:43 PM)
I've got a piano. tongue.gif

Although I'd like to get into MIDI controllers and synths...

Need tips on gear? Ask me! smile.gif

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 07:36 PM

Yamaha DX27 through a Midisport UNO into my Mac, using Ableton Live and Garageband. I have a Line6 Toneport, but I don't like it that much.  

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 08:53 PM

I've got a Yamaha PSR-730 hooked up to a cheap old karioke machine next to my drums -- I use it whenever I get a chance, in a lot of cases in the same way that Neil uses his Midi-thing, but in some cases to play a main synth part.

I also have (in the "living room") an 1899 rebuilt Steinway, a 20-something year old Technics electric 88-key and an even older 2-keyboard 1-pedalboard Wurlitzer, I use those three more for classical playing, and they don't go gigging with me.

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 09:38 AM

I'm a big fan of the Roland D-50. It's very versatile and has both decent analog and digitally sampled type sounds. I've gotten good results with it, and it seems to be able to  do most of what I need. My MIDI chain is Roland PK-5 MIDI pedals -> Roland MC50 sequencer -> Roland D-550 with mutli-timbral add-on -> Akai S20 phrase sampler. I can play the sound module from both the pedals and the sequencer, and can trigger samples on the Akai with the pedals while the D-550 is on a silent patch.  

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 11:55 AM

I have an old Yamaha keyboard. It's pretty good, and I actually used to take piano lessons. But I haven't kept up with it so well now because I play drums. I should get back into playing it. I do sometimes, just messing around with it.  

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 12:55 PM

I have a very cheap, but effective, Roland XP-10. It's a wavetable synth with some decent patches and nice functionality. I also have an M-Audio Radium 61 keyboard controller running Propellerheads' Reason on a Dell laptop through an Echo Indigo sound card. Reason is an awesome softsynth/smapler app that does everything you would want a synth or sampler to do. Also connected to the laptop is a Roland PK-5 pedal keyboard through an M-Audio 4x4 Midi Sport midi-usb interface (which is also connected to the XP-10).

My first foray into synthesizers was a very cheap Yamaha DX-100. It was completely crappy.

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE (limeloaf @ Jun 22 2006, 11:52 PM)
QUOTE (Robman2112 @ Jun 22 2006, 11:43 PM)
I've got a piano. tongue.gif

Although I'd like to get into MIDI controllers and synths...

Need tips on gear? Ask me! smile.gif

You've got mail.

#10 BJ_McWild

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 05:05 PM

Here's my setup:

Roland D-50
Korg Wavestation SR
Roland M-VS1
Novation A-Station
EMU Proteus 1

into the effects chain:

TC Electronic G-Major
TC Electronic 1210 Chorus
TC Electronic Triple C Compressor
Sherman Filterbank 2

coming soon Ensoniq DP/4....  2.gif  

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 01:49 PM

Piano
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Orchestra
(Flute, horns, oboe, strings, others)
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Alesis QSR
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Boss VF-1
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Homemade Electronic Kit
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Before I made this kit I used the Roland TR-626 drum machine, or, created each drum part on the computer and 'Midied' it to the --->

Ddrum4 module
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Roland RD-250
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Posted 15 October 2006 - 09:44 AM

I never noticed this thread before!

I have a roland d-50, 2 roland mc-50 MKII sequencers, 2 Boss Dr. Rhythm drum machines and a kawai sound canvas, and a new 88 key weighted yamaha SO-8.

But I have a question for the keyboardists here...I need to replace the d-50, and instead of buying another one since there are a ton of them out there, I want to get a good sampling keybaord and sample the 10 or 12 sounds I always use on the d-50 into it.

What would you guys recommend for a really jam-up sampling keyboard...cost is not an issue.

pm me your answers if you don't mind, that way I am sure to see them.

Thanks!

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 04:12 PM

I want a Minimoog Voyager so bad!! I have the Minimoog soft synth demo from Arturia, and it just makes me want one so much. Too expensive, I need to get a job next summer.

I have a Casio WK-3000 that I got on accident from Ebay. I bought the WK-1630 model from a company on there and they gave me the 3000 (worth $100+ more!). Thats always nice. Right now I have it hooked up via Midi cables to my Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS. I use Cakewalk Music Creator to compose songs and they play through it. Good stuff.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 07:31 AM

A lot of equipment:

Live and rehearsal:

Yamaha Basses 4 and 5-string
Yamaha DX-7
Korg Wavestation EX
Oberheim Matrix 1000 rack
Harkte amplification
Shure microphones

Studio:

M-Audio midi controller
PC
Cubase SX3
Line6 Pod XT for bass and guitar
EZ Drummer

Synths:

Gmedia Minimonsta
impOSCar
Albino 2
Nord Rack 2
Korg Legacy Collection
ARP 2600
a lot of effects  biggrin.gif  

#15 Ru5h F@n

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 08:36 PM

This was the keyboard that I was using for 10 years. The Yamaha PSR-SQ16:

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This is the keyboard I would like to get one day. The Korg Triton Studio:

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 12:16 AM

I would love to talk about structures and styles. Tell me what kind you guys do. For me, I mainly used the 4 beat structure with a double bass overlay and harmonic overtone notes. I pretty much used the strings sound in most of my songs with a whole note sustain pattern. I always step recorded, unless it was a difficult part, then I would play in realtime. My tempo changed periodically but mostly it was 120 bps. For my drums, I would use a drum machine. When I write my lyrics, I go the standard 4 line system: 2 verses, 1 chorus with repeat, 2 verses. unsure.gif

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#17 Ru5h F@n

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 08:57 PM

Who makes the best drum machines out there? The one I had was built in to my keyboard. I'm just kinda curious who makes them and what they're like. unsure.gif

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 01:41 PM

I only got 1 keyboard, the Korg Triton Extreme. Which is extreme in all ways!  ph34r.gif

I would like to have the Nord Electro stagepiano and the Yamaha Motif, and Alesis Andromeda, and Minimoog Voyager........ fists crying.gif  

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 01:55 PM

for all you keyboard players...

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 02:01 PM

He sure is amongst the greatest!  cool.gif  




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