Midi Keyboard advice

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Hi ppl,

I've gotten to the point where I need to get myself a midi keyboard. I'm using a range of stuff: cubase SX, reaktor5, absynth3, EI2XT. What would people recommend getting as an input instrument to create bass/synth lines etc... Being a poor student i need something cheap but at the same time I don't want to buy a crap bog-standard instrument only to have to change it after a short time because it isnt flexible enough/doesnt have enough features. I've been looking at the Photon X25. Any good or should I spend more?

Thanks

EDIT: While I'm on the subject, what sound cards are you using? Are there any decent specialist ones, or is it worth sticking to the more mainstream stuff (Audigy etc.)
 

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thenavigator said:
Hi ppl,

I've gotten to the point where I need to get myself a midi keyboard. I'm using a range of stuff: cubase SX, reaktor5, absynth3, EI2XT. What would people recommend getting as an input instrument to create bass/synth lines etc... Being a poor student i need something cheap but at the same time I don't want to buy a crap bog-standard instrument only to have to change it after a short time because it isnt flexible enough/doesnt have enough features. I've been looking at the Photon X25. Any good or should I spend more?

Thanks

EDIT: While I'm on the subject, what sound cards are you using? Are there any decent specialist ones, or is it worth sticking to the more mainstream stuff (Audigy etc.)
It looks good - nice XY controller thingie... BUT ->

If you already have a soundcard - which i presume you do -
go with something like the "evolution mk-461C" which is
USB class complient - no drivers for WinXP or MacOSX -
has 61 keys - lets you actually PLAY on it.
adjustably velocity sensitive... and preset memory storage functions...
loads more besides, but it IS a controller ONLY -

Wait around though for someone like OTT or Continuum to give their opinion. :iwink:
 

thenavigator

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At the mo I'm using an Audigy2ZS but thinking about going up to an Audigy 4. Not sure if it's worth it.. I don't have a clue really. Software has been my tool up until now, but what can you do with just software?!
 

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If you don't need more than 2 ins + 2 outs on a sound card you could buy an all in one soundcard/controler keyboard. Novation x-station www.novationmusic.com/product.asp?id=1&Type=1&bArchive=False
I have had one over a year and a half now and love it. It has the k-station synth engine inside too for some wicked out board sound. Can store 40 different software templates and has enough pots and sliders to keep any control freak happy.
Novation are well worth investing in as the constant updates are continuosly improveing this piece of kit.
They do have a range of just controlers too which are much cheeper 'cos the x-station might need a bit of saving up for if your a student :iwink:
 

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yeah getting a soundcard/midi keyboard in one device is definitely a possiblity. i haven't used one myself but if i needed both it may well be the best option.

i've always thought the x-station looked good. i don't know about the keyboard/soundcard but i've used a k-station loads (and i've got a ks5) and it is a very good synth. every trance bassline i've done in ages has been done with that synth engine, it'll do nice floaty pads, decent leads and fx too.
 

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p.s. the novation X-Station is fuckin silly kit, my mate just got one and we been playing with it for weeks... nice! so much fun...
 
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what can you do with just software?!

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Fromem_Ory said:
ask Werner Van Jaarsveld

or Yod Onsen :Wink3:
 

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thenavigator said:
While I'm on the subject, what sound cards are you using? Are there any decent specialist ones, or is it worth sticking to the more mainstream stuff (Audigy etc.)

In my opinion, I've got happier the further I've moved away from Creative gear - quirky behaviours, lousy drivers and non-existent support. Get yourself on the ASIO bandwagon as soon as you can, and I promise you won't regret it.

J.
 
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