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Member Since: Mar 05, 2003

hey everyone.

Im having a small delemma with drums in my recording. i need an inexpensive decent way to record them. would buying a midi keyboard be the way to go, or what?

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Since: Apr 26, 2002

Jan 06, 2004 10:02 am

That all depends on your situation. What exactly are you trying to do? What equipment do you already have?

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 06, 2004 07:39 pm

Indeed, if yo are going to use it to trigger sounds in Sonars softsynths that will work well. But let us know exactly what it is your doing and maybe we can help a bit more.

Since: Mar 05, 2003

Jan 07, 2004 09:45 am

i really have no idea where to start. i have no midi keyboard,and all i have is sonar and a small behringer mixer with the audiophile. basically i want to record hard rock.... i need to know the best way to go on this...help!

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jan 07, 2004 10:05 am

Ya don't need a MIDI keyboard to use FruityLoops :-) And you can use ANY samples you want as sequnced sounds, so you can record abny drumset and sequence it...lotsa potential and only $100 or so...

sloppy dice, drinks twice
Since: Aug 05, 2003

Jan 07, 2004 11:25 am

Lots of people use the Alesis SR16 drum machine also. Outboard hardware drum machines allow you to compose away from the computer desktop.
Looking at your profile, I'm assuming based on your influences that you're not going to need a lot of keyboard playing. I'm going to make a further assumption and say that it sounds like you want to record guitar-oriented rock, and you're probably a guitarist or bassist and composer who wants to lay down backing tracks. If you don't need to sync a lot of electronic instruments in your music, I would recommend the Alesis SR16 or another good drum machine, as opposed to jumping into MIDI. It just doesn't sound like you have much need to get involved with it, and it's just one more layer of technology added to the mix.
Get a drum machine instead. You'll be composing and recording sooner by relying on that than you would by going with MIDI. Go with MIDI, and your next questions will be 1) why can't I hear my drums, 2) why do my drums sound lame, 3) where can I get some cool drum sounds, 4) how do I sync (MIDI-enabled hardware) with (MIDI-enabled hardware), why do I, how do I, why doesn't it...
MIDI is not a necessity. Some kinds of music rely heavily upon - especially techno/dance/trance, pop, industrial... some don't rely on it much if at all. It really sounds like you fall into the 2nd category. I might be wrong, if so, ignore this advice and follow your gut instinct.
Yes, I know some guys will probably say that MIDI is, or at least should be, for everyone... But I write guitar-oriented stuff and don't use it at all... heck, I hardly ever use a drum machine, I skipped that whole route and usually lay down handdrum tracks instead... but you know, go with what's good for you.

Since: Apr 26, 2002

Jan 07, 2004 02:07 pm

I'm gonna second dB on fruity loops. It really is the way to go.

Since: Sep 09, 2002

Jan 11, 2004 06:21 am

thirds on fruity. you need a sequencer to do what you want to do, and fruityloops is designed for ppl who just want to jump right in and start programming. the sound samples it comes with are only so-so but thre's tons or drums sampels to be downloaded from the net if you know where to look.

plus it'll open right up in cakewalk (so they say)

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