some of you may know that until now I didn't have midi controller, or keyboard, or any kind of instrument in my house actually. And it was a big troulbe, since I'm classically trained pianist and can play (extremly) well.
So 3-4 months ago I found, by sheer accident a Casio PX110 (Privia). Piano like, not midi controller, no knobs, no mod wheel or pitch bend (the big minus for this keyboard), but fully weighter, not evenly distributed, normal length piano (which actually feels like a real piano, considering it costs £300, and much much better than any M-audio or Fatar or even Yamaha pianollas I've tried), so I bought it immediately. The good thing? It has it's own lovely stand, it's own pedal (sustain), and it's own sounds. Push the ON button and you can hear immediately. No need to open the computer.
I. No mod wheel, no pitch bend, so I still don't even want to touch the Strad...
II. I didn't have a midi input! My soundcard was the crap that was in the computer from starters, and since I've always been 100% digital it didn't play much of a part. So all I had was that cruppy Raltek 97 or something simmilar.
Obsessed to fix my studio a bit, since my software is lovely and costs more than £4000 currently, I went on and bought a great soundcard the Lynx ONE. Brilliant in everything, almost too brilliant. The Lynx guys assume that I have monitors and some kind of console, which I have neither! So the cables provided, which are 1 midi and 1 audio with 6 XLR ends, was of no use to me!
Installed the card, and I've still (after 2 months) not heard a single thing from it. Keep listening from the cruppy old one!
But, but, but, dispite my fears yesterday I went on, and bought a new midi cable, of 1 meter (no longer, don't need longer) and pluged in the keyboard. And to my amazement, I could input midi through the keyboard and listen through the other card. YAY!
And then it hit me:
How on earth could I live without this?
since yesterday I've done 2 (piano mainly) pieces of around 3 minutes, each. This would be days of work otherwise! and I did them in a few hours both!
Still the old card gives a cruppy 14 ms (WOW!) of latency, which there is no way to battle, since all audio is coming out of that card, but I can live with that for now.
In all it just feels great to try things and hit the * (Cubase) and record everything you play (even if you have to move them and quantitize them for now)
I'm still waiting for:
i. set of monitors big, and lovely
iii. hardware EQ
All custom made from a friend (and thus late ) After that I'll kill the old soundcard and enjoy my new life!
I have been an idiot but saw the light! May the rest of you know about this and follow my example. Get a midi controller, or keyboard or something, if you don't have one!