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Member Since: Aug 13, 2006

I have seen alot on Midi, but from what I understand of it I can't see where a full band can really use it when recording... is this true or am I not getting it entirely??

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Sep 19, 2006 07:20 am

MIDI is great for creating electronic music, but not only that, using it to automate effects and much more. Why wouldn't it work? Not all music styles benefit the same from MIDI, but it does have it's place.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Sep 19, 2006 11:42 am

it's good for the occasional 'fluff' track, like a nice woosh before a choruse or what not...think Linkin Park.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Sep 19, 2006 11:49 am

depends on what you think of as a 'whole band'.

if you're looking to add horn sections, strings, or maybe other synth or soundfonts, then MIDI is the way to go. It would be added later, most likely, after the band has a good groove laid down.

I tend to use midi for some drum stuff, but also when working on a piece that I need an instrument(s) that I can't play. Violins come to mind. Gongs or tubular bells come to mind. Good piano is another option (my upright isn't too hot).

Also it's nice to add a scratch bass track, to get a groove working, if you don't have a bassist handy.

It really opens up the possibilities, if you're heavy into creating / writing your own stuff.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Sep 19, 2006 06:47 pm

If your guitar player uses rack effects odds are it has midi control capability. As do probably many other rack effects untis. Almost all mine are midi controlable.

And again, automation is the biggest use of midi.

What some peeps probably dont know is even the new control surface out now for controlling your DAW whether they are Firewire, USB or what not. They are all controlled via midi data. Be it System Exclusive, MMC or any of a few other midi control parameters. So yes an understanding of the use of midi can be a big help. Myabe not understanding it, but surely using it.

Since: Aug 13, 2006

Sep 20, 2006 12:11 pm

Looks interesting... can someone post some links so I can learn a little more, and maybe some advice on some software to work with??

Jak of all trades Master of none
Since: Aug 21, 2006

Sep 22, 2006 01:06 am

I use MIDI on keys and v-drums.
It allows you to lack a track down and sample different instruments or drumkits without having to re-record the actual playing of each instrument if you want to try a new sound... ALso, it makes it extremely easy to fix any small mistakes when recording.

Since: Jan 24, 2006

Sep 28, 2006 02:53 pm

A couple of odd answers here. MIDI is used extensively in most pro recording studios for a variety of uses (most covered above). Don't dismiss it as just for electronic or synth music.

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