MIDI Setup Confusion

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Posted by Gary on September 20, 2002 at 22:44:39:

Hi all;

I just picked up a used system from an audio guy I know. I think I have everything I need for a mini studio, but I am a video guy, so the whole MIDI world is kind of new to me. I got in the package deal an Alesis QS-8 keyboard, a Midiman Midisport USB interface, a Behringer Eurorack MX 802A mixer and an EMI 2/6 audio interface(USB). The PC based system has Windows XP Pro, Emagic Logic Audio 5.01 and a Phillips Acoustic Edge soundcard. Know I know the sound card isn't the greatest, but I'm tapped for cash so I will have to make do with what I have. Basically, I'm not sure how to connect the whole rig together! Some questions I have--do I need both the Midisport and EMI 2/6 for this rig to operate properly? I intend to use it for some "in studio" live recording with a vocal track, guitar track, as well as a keyboard track. Do I connect the MIDI to the Midisport then USB into the PC? What about the actual audio out from the keyboard--should I send that into the mixer and then from the mixer on out to the EMI 2/6? And as far as recording to disc, I have a secondary 7200 RPM hard drive, so I don't think I need an actual tape deck(I hope). I'm pretty freaked out about all this, so if anyone can throw me a valium and some advice, I'd much appreciate it!

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