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    Avatar of marsrover
    marsrover
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    Ever seen the “Swedish House Mafia – one” music video?
    To my dismay, the synth used in the opening does not exist. (well, not for sale)
    So, i’m looking to be able to make a drum loop, then throw some synth on top, do other crazy stuff. (you can tell I’m a noob by now)
    Also, can I do it with software only? It seems like a computer is more powerful than any synth around. Why isn’t there a program that lets you use your keyboard or something?

    #38216
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    djdunamis
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    Most audio program’s (DAW’s) have the ability to use your computer keyboard. If you’re looking for an inexpensive midi keyboard to play synths or drum samples out inside a program. M-Audio make some inexpensive midi keyboard controllers. Also you can go with Akai mini pad control and mini keyboard, which both are cheap.

    #38214
    Avatar of marsrover
    marsrover
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    I have a keyboard with a MIDI out port.
    What kind of cable do I need to have it interface with my computer?

    #38215
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    djdunamis
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    I don’t think they make a midi to usb cable, so you’ll need a midi interface.

    http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=products.family&ID=midiinterfaces

    You can just get a Midi Uno but if you want to connect more external gear in the future, get a Midisport 2×2 and get a midi cable.

    #38218

    You looking for this bad boy?
    http://www.teenageengineering.com/products/op-1
    That’s not a beginners synth, its expensive and really complex. :P I heard good things about it but I don’t think thats the type of thing to invest into just yet.

    I use an LPK-25 by Akai, its got 2 octaves and gets the job done. If your looking for one that can be used externally (without a laptop) I’m not too sure where to start for that.

    Check out Korg, M-audio and Akai. They make a lot of tech in this category.

    And there is pure software to buy for your midi controllers. I think z3ta+ is capable of doing so.
    There are also controllers that bundle with midi software. You just have to look!

    #38219
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    If you are going for the computer DAW side of the house I would recommend FL Studio 10 http://flstudio.image-line.com/ . They have a cheaper version to start out with all the way up to the “pro” version. It docks just about anything and is compatable with tons of MIDI controllers. It also lets you use your computer keyboard. Also, if you are looking for a nice VSTI program with good synths, check out Sylenth 1 http://www.lennardigital.com/modules/sylenth1/ . Also, I have heard very good things about Native Instruments MASSIVE http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/massive/ . :D Happy Hunting!

    #38217

    I too agree with his post. Except, I have not found a need for Sylenth or Massive. NI makes some of the best synth’s in the business. But what Image-Line has is very capable. Both Porter Robinson and Madeon use FL and Native VST’s and their music is on par with those who use things by other companies.

    I still recommend Z3ta+ because its a steal at the price it is. Massive and Sylenth are really expensive in comparison

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