MIDI capabilities

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Blueszilla, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    I am attempting to set up a small recording/editing/practice rig at home. So far, I have an M Audio Duo preamp, a Dell D-800 laptop and a variety of software, E Logic, Band in a box, various others. I'm using a small PA for monitoring (Mackie 408 and C300 speakers). The software recommends different midi compatible sound cards, but is that a problem with a laptop? Is there an outboard solution to get good sounds, besides an expensive workstation? Is there a software solution? Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    You can get what are called "softsynths"...programs that run entirely on the computer, both standalone synths and "studios" like Reason that include multiple synths as well as a mixer and FX all in one program. There are many FREE ones out there in addition to commercial offerings.

    You can get MIDI interfaces that connect via USB if you want to hook up external MIDI gear.
  3. jokke_v


    Aug 15, 2003
    Bergen, Norway