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    Jay
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    first of all I use mostly real instruments and am a novice to a lot of music

    software with the exception of EZ drummer – I have an older keyboard with dated

    sounds and need to get sounds that are a bit fresher for my recordings and

    possible scoring work – please recommend anything you’re happy with –

    cheap/freeware/pay software whatever you got – i’m looking for all sorts of

    sounds Piano/strings/Hammond/Fender Rhodes/other instruments – also will I need

    a controller for this sort of stuff or can I use my keyboard (midi) or even my

    computer keyboard? – again i’m a novice w/software..thanks

    #6618 Reply
    woodsdenis
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    TBH this is not the type of forum to ask this question, the answer is so vast these days and there are so many variables. If everybody here gave you a list of what they recommended and used, you would be more confused. Gearslutz is probably best for this type of thing as they have many different sub forums, covering a lot of bases.

    #6625 Reply
    Jay
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    Ok thanks…but could someone answer this or at least tell me on the right page – I have an older midi keyboard (a cheapie) Yamaha PSR-195 – I plan to connect the midi out to my computer USB in right? – I would then use the keyboard (yamaha) as a controller to play the sounds on keyboard computer software right? – believe it or not I’ll sometimes want to go out of the computer into my Korg D888 to play along with other tracks (that’s what I normally record with but I do have Audacity and Reaper as well) – Using the headphone jack I can do this but will it hurt sound quality? – is there a better way?

    and again before I buy a midi cord I just need the midi out (from yamaha keyboard) to the USB in (computer) right? – I’m assuming I won’t need a cord going back to the keyboard (yamaha) for the midi in..again is that correct?

    thanks in advance and I know this is midi 101 for most of you…but again i’m a novice on midi stuff..jay

    #6626 Reply
    Jay
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    one more thing if it matters – the laptop is an HP Pavillion G Series with the 17″ screen and the Korg D888 has a midi out port but I have no idea what that is for? – thanks

    #6627 Reply
    woodsdenis
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    Jay

    You have too many issues to be dealt with here, first of all your Yamaha PSR-195 does not have usb out, just a midi out so you would need a separate midi interface. I would go to your local music shop and explain in detail what you require. The info you get here will not help you in the short term.

    #6628 Reply
    Jay
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    thanks…after doing a little research I realized what I was trying to do with that keyboard was a little ridiculous.. – jay

    #6635 Reply
    discostu
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    M-Audio make a cord that is Midi in and out on one end and usb the other end so that would work. It’s what I use.

    #6636 Reply
    Jay
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    that’s what I was thinking but don’t I need the separate midi interface mentioned earlier in this thread? – jay

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