Question from a newbie: how to record and sequence hardware synth patches?

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Member Since: Aug 09, 2009

Hello experts, here's my question:

I've had a MicroKorg for a couple months now. And it truly is a blast to use during jam sessions with friends, music parties, etc. Sure, it's fun, but we were thinking about going a bit further and recording our noodlings. I have a rudimentary knowledge of the properties and functions of MIDI data, and it's enough to know that playing the MicroKorg (which is also a MIDI controller) in conjunction with a sequencing program will produce sounds generated from the sequencer's softsynth engine. However, I wanted to know if the hardware synth patches from the MicroKorg itself could be recorded and sequenced with the same program (Logic in particular).

Also, I've had my eye on the PreSonus Firebox for the purposes of recording keys and guitar. Guitar Center has this on sale for $200; is this a good deal?

I'm completely new to this, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Aug 09, 2009 09:43 pm

yes, simply record the midi data into your computer's sequencers, then have it playback via midi with this until you're ready to "print" the track by playing back the final midi track, and recording the audio outputs of your synth.......this does require some kinda MIDI interface to your computer.

Since: Aug 09, 2009

Aug 09, 2009 11:24 pm

Many thanks!! I'll give it a shot once I pick up a MIDI interface.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Aug 11, 2009 08:01 pm

On using the MicroK's sounds, Well they can be used in a round about way. You have to sequence a midi track and direct it back out the midi interface to the MicroK and then record its audio to an audio track once your happy with the sequenced track. I still use a bunch of hardware synths and though mine all have multiple audio outputs I as well have to sequence the midi first by playing it in via controller and then it plays back out through the hardware and I record that to audio tracks later through my desk.

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