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Treid / Timothy Reid 1mo+26dy ago
Help/Advice Wanted: I have been using software synth plug-ins as MIDI to record the keys on my demos/tracks. Not being a primary Keyboard player this is great as I can write in parts and edit mistakes which saves a lot of time. However, there are a occasions where I want to use sounds/patches on hardware synths/keyboards which I don`t have software versions of. My questions are: Is there a process for using running pre-written MIDI back through a keyboard in order to capture the sounds/patches found on that specific hardware synth. (I noticed some keyboards have "MIDI out,in" and occasionally a "Through" and was curious as to if these could possibly is the answer.) If this is possible, what are some of the specific models of keyboards which support this function. Obviously, I could just practice more (I am a lazy MF) and record as audio files but MIDI is one of those luxuries, Thats helps the process so much.


   

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sriracha   commented 1mo+26dy ago


Heya - as long as the hardware you want the sound from supports midi in, you can do it like this: Write your midi in your DAW. Send midi from DAW to hardware - usually done via a DI like (for me) a focusrite saffire pro 24. Take audio out from hardware through your DI to the daw and record the result. You will obviously want to set things up for the highest transfer rates to avoid latency but it will work fine. Used to do this sort of thing all the time years ago using an 8 track (which sits in my basement) striped with SMPTE thru a MOTU interface that drove midi and would control Opcode on my computer, in which I wrote everything not a "real" instrument. That would drive Opcode, which would in turn drive all the synths, samplers, etc I used and be in time with the 8 track. Once the mix was set, we'd record that to DAT. Same process, less nonsense and pretty damn easy using stuff you likely already have. I keep on thinking about hooking up some of my legacy synths...but in that, I'm lazy since most everything I want is already in the DAW or available out there.

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RaymondVanMelzen   commented 1mo+26dy ago


Hi Tim, I actually do it like this. I have a hardware synth (Yamaha S30). That is connected to my audio interface via MIDI (SY-MIDI out to interface MIDI in, Interface MIDI out to SY MIDI in). The Audio Out of the synth is obviously connected to an Audio In on the interface. On the synth I disabled local playback, so when I hit a key it does not generate a sound. It does generate a MIDI event though. This way I can record what I play as MIDI in the DAW. The DAW has a 'monitoring' knob that echoes the incoming MIDI to the MIDI out port. So when I play I normally hear that on the synth, I can record it and the DAW can send the MIDI back to the synth. Above that you are able to record the synth's audio after editting the MIDI in the DAW and further process it like normal audio. Regards, Raymond

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sriracha   commented 1mo+26dy ago


I assumed he had some sorta midi controller and wanted to drive sounds from another midi capable sound module. We basically said the same thing. :D

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RaymondVanMelzen   commented 1mo+26dy ago


Haha, what can possibly go wrong now :)