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    Need advice on portable laptop/midi keyboard setup!

    Hey, all! As I do more composition it's beginning to be clear to me that, for workflow reasons, I work better when I can get out of the house (otherwise I feel like a little troll squatting in front of the PC in my dark little studio...). My aim is to get together a setup that I can work with in a cafe, or traveling, etc.

    So, though it'll take some money, eventually I want to get a good notebook computer (with maybe 2gigs RAM?) and a portable, SMALL midi-keyboard. All I'd be using the keyboard for is inputting notes into Finale 2006, so I don't care for any bells and whistles, or even a mod-wheel for that matter.

    Any advice on the computer? I've been looking at Dell Inspirons and Sonys.

    And, more important, any advice on a teensy midi-input keyboard? I've looked at the Edirol PCR1 (and similar PCR M1). Both are under 140 bucks at Amazon.

    Would love your feedback y'all!

    Steve Main
    Steve Main
    stmain@aol.com
    www.stephenmain.com

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    Re: Need advice on portable laptop/midi keyboard setup!

    I use a Toshiba Satellite PC, I have nothing but good experience with it.

    Check this out for a keyboard:

    http://www.bobkwebsite.com/ttechInfo.html

    I use an M Audio Ozone for keyboard, but this rollup looks really interesting for portability. I doubt it has velocity sensitivity, if you
    want that.

    Good luck,
    Trond

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    Re: Need advice on portable laptop/midi keyboard setup!

    Hey Trond, thanks.... I'll check out the Toshiba.

    I actually saw this keyboard earlier, but (though I'm not sure about this) I don't think it has any midi hookup.

    It's an awesome idea, though (and no, I don't need velocity controls!).

    Thanks,
    Steve
    Steve Main
    stmain@aol.com
    www.stephenmain.com

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    Re: Need advice on portable laptop/midi keyboard setup!

    I have a 15" Powerbook with 2 GB of RAM. I am quite happy with it.

    I use the Edirol PCR-M1. If you plan to use Garritan to its fullest, beware the modwheel issue. Using a small keyboard, I wind up keeping my left hand on the octave buttons, and I anticipate the desire to use pitch bending with JABB. However, I don't like modwheels anyway so I use an expression pedal with the M1 along with a sustain pedal. It is the only small keyboard I could find that allowed for two pedals. It has memory, so my first memory setting was to reroute volume from the modwheel to the expression pedal. You can also set minimum and maximum values to adjust to the sensitivity of your pedal. Works better for me...YMMV.

    If you want a true modwheel, I don't recommend the Edirols.

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    Re: Need advice on portable laptop/midi keyboard setup!

    FWIW, here's a similar keyboard, with midi ... I'm thinking of something like this, for composing on the road ...

    http://www.hecsaninc.com/pro.html

    Trond

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    Re: Need advice on portable laptop/midi keyboard setup!

    Go checkout http://www.adkproaudio.com/systems/laptop.cfm and his Sonoma chip laptop, the ADK 7000S, that he says is the fastest laptop he's ever seen. Spendy but good. Scott posts a lot over at the Sonar forum in discussions about computers.

    Also, a really small keyboard for your purpose would be the M-audio Oxygen 8.

    Tom

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    Re: Need advice on portable laptop/midi keyboard setup!

    FWIW, here's a similar keyboard, with midi ... I'm thinking of something like this, for composing on the road ...

    http://www.hecsaninc.com/pro.html

    Trond

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