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    Mod wheel/Pitch bend

    One of the first things I purchased was a Casio 76 key keyboard (WK-3200). I knew nothing about midi and less about everything else.

    This has a Pitchbend wheel but has a button for Modulation.

    Is there a way to tell my programs to use the pitchblend info as the Modwheel?

    Or Do I have to get a controller that has a mod wheel?

    For now, in Sonar, I have been entering this by hand, which is one reason I have yet to start a large piece thru Sonar.

    I do 90% of my composing using the mouse and Sibelius, but would like to be able to do some more sequencing.

    Any ideas?

    Ron

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    Re: Mod wheel/Pitch blend

    Did you know that it is possible to use a normal gaming joystick as a MIDI controller?
    A few years ago, Soundonsound did an article on using game controllers to control MIDI info.
    http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/Jan0...cnotes0103.asp

    There are several different freeware programs that allow this;
    I am currently using a program called MIDI Driver:
    http://www.codevis.com/proj_midi.html
    and an internal MIDI port, Loopbe:
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multime...s/LoopBe.shtml

    My keyboard (Yamaha P120) doesn't have pitch or mod wheels, so I bought a $15 joystick which fills in quite nicely. And as a plus, it has a bunch of buttons that I can assign to keyboard shortcuts in Cubase...
    play/stop, scrub right/left, record, delete, move up, down, left, right, zoom in, zoom out, etc.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826102203

    The only (potential) downside to this approach is that the freeware is written for PC, and therefore PC only (to my knowledge).
    I don't think there are any game-controller MIDI workarounds like this for MAC, but that shouldn't be a problem for you, seeing as you are running Sonar.
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    Re: Mod wheel/Pitch blend

    Ben

    I have listened to your music in NS.net. Great music!

    No I didn't know, but that only makes sense. Would this happen as I am inputting from my keyboard, or afterwards?

    Ron

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    Re: Mod wheel/Pitch blend

    Quote Originally Posted by rolifer View Post
    Ben

    I have listened to your music in NS.net. Great music!

    Ron
    Thanks!


    regarding joystick as MIDI controller:
    Quote Originally Posted by rolifer View Post
    Would this happen as I am inputting from my keyboard, or afterwards?
    It inputs data real-time. This is the main reason why the idea appealed to me so much. It allows me to control the dynamics and expression of the instrument on the fly.

    Also, I actually prefer a joystick over a traditional mod wheel, as it does seem to give me a little more precise dynamic control.
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    Re: Mod wheel/Pitch blend

    Ben

    I think that I like this idea a lot better than a mod wheel. I can put a joystick wherever I want and I can see how the control should be more precise.

    Thanks

    Ron

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