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    Some questions for the pros...

    This is a little OT but I figure I will get 10x\'s the feedback by posting it here.
    Ok I am looking to buy 2 pieces of decent midi hardware at a low cost (around $400-500)

    1) A good midi controller, with velocity sensitivity and weighted action.
    2) a Drum pad with velocity sensitivity. I would figure that the norm would be the harder you hit it the louder it would sound but I have no idea. As it might just register the hit.

    I will be checking prices in the mean time, but would love feedback

    P.S The drum pad/kit will be really only for orchestral work (timpani, snare drums, bass drum etc)and I don\'t require a full setup.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Some questions for the pros...

    Could I also ask whats a similar but cheaper controller - and weighted - like the Triton Pro?

    The sounds inside dont matter though.

    Ed

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    Re: Some questions for the pros...

    For the percussion controller, I\'ve got a KAT DK-10 pad - it\'s got like 8 pads that you can assign to any key. It\'s also got kick drum and hi hat inputs, and the sensitivity is adjustable. You can find them for really cheap - like $75 - if you look or try ebay. For the price it does the job - I\'m sure there are better, although more expensive options, but this one\'s pretty cool.

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    Re: Some questions for the pros...

    Thanks for the info Jeff, 8 pads are good for what I need. Only reason I am looking for a percussion controller is because it is much easier to beat out a good rhythm then to spend double the time in a sequencer micro-editing etc.

    I am in the same pool as far as not needing sound rom modules in the keyboard, as I will be using gigs instead.

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    Re: Some questions for the pros...

    Ok what do you guys think of these (in other words what one would you go for?):

    Yamaha DD55 Digital Drum Kit
    Yamaha DD35 Lighted Drums with Power Supply and Headphones
    Casio LD80 Digital Drum Pads with Lighting Guide System

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Some questions for the pros...

    try AKAI MPD-16....the 16 velocity split is sweet.

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    Re: Some questions for the pros...

    There seems to be a void in the midi world, unless I just havn\'t found it yet. Why not a percussion controller without any on board sounds? Just a midi controller with plenty of assignable pads ? Surely there is one out there?

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    Re: Some questions for the pros...

    Ed - if you want a cheap midi controller, weighted with 88 keys, try they Yamaha S08... Its got the same keyboard as the Motif 8/Yamaha S90, mod wheel and pitch bend wheel... The sounds on it are ok for some but that\'s no major concern anyway... It retails for about 50% the price of the Yamaha S90 (here in Australia anyway!)... If you need more, you can always buy a Control Freak or something to give you more knobs/faders...

    Sorry, no experience with drum pads... [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

    meeehoon

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    Re: Some questions for the pros...

    Originally posted by Munsie:
    There seems to be a void in the midi world, unless I just havn\'t found it yet. Why not a percussion controller without any on board sounds? Just a midi controller with plenty of assignable pads ? Surely there is one out there?
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">I have no idea if they\'re still in business, but all of the DrumKAT stuff was exactly that. The smaller pad had like 10 zones, and a bigger pad had maybe 20? zones, all with very nice accurate velocity sensitivity, plus inputs for foot pedals and additional triggers.

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    Re: Some questions for the pros...

    Don\'t forget Fatar for weighted keyboard controllers. No bells or whistles, not even decent patch change, but they play just fine for a bargain board. Find one used on eBay if the price is too high.

    Dasher

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