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post #1 of 6
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hey guys,

im looking to get a midi controller to get started with messing around with midi.
i have pro tools, and ableton live 8, and have been recording some guitar tracks (through m-audios`s fast track interface) and want to expand on my project a little.

main uses to put in some drum beats and bass lines, i cant play piano but willing to learn the basics.

i have been looking around and dont want to spend a lot of cash (max £50) on hardware as i am new to midi.
also it must be USB powered/connected

please comment with any usefull advice or recomendations. thanks, cat.
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I have a very old Roland USB midi controller, (only driver is 32bit XP) and best thing I can say is make sure its new enough to have drivers for your OS for sure, and has as many keys as you can, and pitch bend control is sweet built in.

Depening on the ms delay, you might need something like Asio 4 All to help with delay. I always get bad delay in FLStudio, and Asio 4 All helps. The delay i refer to is when you hit a key, it can take quite a few ms for the sample to render. Ive never used the progs you mentioned tho. I keeps it oldschool.
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btw, the korg nanokey looks pimp for doing percussion, but the Akai LPK25 looks pretty sweet for simple keyboard based work.
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post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by SwishaMane View Post

btw, the korg nanokey looks pimp for doing percussion, but the Akai LPK25 looks pretty sweet for simple keyboard based work.

ok, so what if i was wanting to do a bit of both? keys and percussion?
does the type of controller matter? i.e, keys or pads?
im still very new to this, so i want a controller that can do a bit of everything.
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pad is not the way to go to be able to play like a keyboard, i would definitely get a piano type. In order to make either controller work for percussion, you would have to map each individual sample to the key/pad you wanted it to work on, so the piano type is perfect.
Edited by SwishaMane - 2/20/12 at 1:25am
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Originally Posted by SwishaMane View Post

pad is not the way to go to be able to play like a keyboard, i would definitely get a piano type. In order to make either controller work for percussion, you would have to map each individual sample to the key/pad you wanted it to work on, so the piano type is perfect.

ok mate, thanks for the help! rep+
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