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Need Some Direction in MIDI PC software

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:52 pm
by iainnitro
Greetings All:

Though I have always loved synthesizers, I know very little about working with them. Back in 1982 or so, my uncle gave me a ARP Axxe (which regrettably I sold for only $300 in about 1986). It did not function so I didn't learn how to play or anything. Was into guitar then ;-)

Now at 38 (be 39 this year) I decided to learn to play and bought a Korg DW6000 (just yesterday in fact) and I am looking for a MIDI solution for my Windows Vista laptop (64 bit). To that end I purchased an M-Audio UNO MIDI to USB interface which is now setup with Windows and the keyboard and I am looking for MIDI software to add sequencing and whatever else to my setup. I suppose in the future I will want to record things, but right now just want to extend the keyboard. I am looking for suggestions on software and budget is a huge consideration!

Help is appreciated.

BTW: If you are interested in my laundry list of keyboards that I am seeking I have a blog entry on this:

Mike Needham's Blog -- New Synth Purchase

Thanks again for any help in this direction. NOTE: While budget is a major concern, I do want a good package so suggestions other than Cakewalk Sonar (that was more than the keyboard cost) would be good.

Re: Need Some Direction in MIDI PC software

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:12 pm
by iainnitro
Hi Guys:

I found that a purchase I made may do the trick, there is a piece of software that I have used a lot that runs USD $70 approximately called N-Track Studio and I bought it to do some other audio work as an alternative to Audition (Cool Edit) by Adobe. It apparently supports VST and Ableton plugins and does do MIDI.

I know how it works as a general recording application, but has anyone used it for MIDI?

Just wanted to pass on the results of my further research.

Still interested in suggestions.

Thanks,

Mike

Re: Need Some Direction in MIDI PC software

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:19 pm
by pflosi
i suggest one of the big DAWs,

like logic (ok, not logic, ur into windows...), digital performer (maybe also not good with windows...), ableton live, cubase, reaper...

they all can send and receive midi and audio... and u would get more support (at least in forums) than with unpopular DAWs

Re: Need Some Direction in MIDI PC software

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:58 pm
by GeneralBigbag
Reaper might be the best place to start - free trial version, and buying it is only $50

Re: Need Some Direction in MIDI PC software

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:21 pm
by iainnitro
Thanks for all the leads guys. I am looking at Reaper and @pflosi, I used to be on a mac but when I needed to be portable and do my real job (which is programming for MS web development) it made more since to buy my current laptop for $599 (I am working for myself) than to spend $3000+ on a Mac that would be the equivalent and then have to compile everything on some PC anyhow... so I respect the Mac, but for current professional reasons, must use the PC :-) I do have an old iMac Slot load G3 that I think needs a new hard drive, but it may not have enough horsepower to run anything or then again, maybe there is some older software that will work fine with my older keyboard and the ones I plan to obtain as well! FYI the only OSX version that the iMac could run would be 10.3.8 (pre-Tiger).

@all
I really appreciate all the input you guys have supplied and I am thankful for this and any future help! This site is a great resource!!!

Re: Need Some Direction in MIDI PC software

Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:33 am
by polar69
+1 on Reaper