Re: Question about MIDI

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Posted by Aaron on January 21, 2003 at 00:15:43:

In Reply to: Question about MIDI posted by Todd Hedlund on January 19, 2003 at 12:51:14:

Hey Todd, I'll tell you if you promise to send me some stuff that you end up making.

The first thing to do is make sure the MIDI in on your computer is working. It seems like it is, from your post.

Next, you need some software synthesizers to control with your keyboard, and programs to record that. Most 'sound' programs these days work with MIDI. Here's an example of how you would record your music on your computer.

Let's say you have Pro Tools, a very popular program for recording and sequencing music. ProTools records, but doesn't necessarily have any software synthesizers to play. Let's say you get Native Instruments Pro-52, a software synthesizer. This program can be opened from within protools. You can play notes on your computer, controlling the Pro-52, and record it into protools.

This is just a quick example, but I hope it helps you understand how the process works. There are many more programs out there, many of which are completely free or demo-able which you can use as synthesizers or recording software. Actually, I think you can use Absynth by itself to record too.

If you want more info about what these programs are, please email me at



: I am a newbie to MIDI, so my question may be stupid. I have a general MIDI keyboard (Casio CTK-631), and, I was wondering: IS there ANY way to obtain new sounds? As far as I understand it, I'm fairly certain that I CAN'T load new patches to my keyboard, BUT, I am wondering if there are any sites that offer either free or shareware programs that contain sound patches from the following synths: Korg Trinity, Korg M-1 Workstation, Roland, Kurzweil, etc. I am having a tough time figuring out how to work the patches already on my computer's sound card. I OBVIOUSLY don't understand anything about MIDI, and would appreciate some guidance.

: I am BIG into composing original works, mainly ambient (like the music that was played on a radio program many years ago called "Music From The Hearts of Space"), hosted by Stephen Hill. For more specifics, Music by the likes of Kevin Braheny, Constance Demby, Deuter, Steve Roach, et al. To sum it up, I am looking to find a way, or ways, of allowing my computer to have more sounds, so that I can have those sounds accessible by my MIDI keyboard. Any help will be very much appreciated.

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