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Post by jera » Tue May 02, 2006 9:58 am

what pieces of equipment do you have???

Is it even needed in this day and age???

discuss.

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Post by ramadanman » Tue May 02, 2006 10:34 am

i don't personally use any hardware, but i really would like to.

i definitely become more creative when i have a real piano or synth in front of me, rather than my mouse and keyboard.

also having real buttons to press and say filter knobs to turn makes the whole process more real and fun.

i've had my eyes on the Korg MS2000b for a while

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Post by jera » Tue May 02, 2006 10:48 am

yeh i feel same way....i think hardware gives u more of a feel for the tune. but then surely all you really need is a midi keyboard??

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Post by phuboy » Tue May 02, 2006 11:32 am

Reason would suck balls to use if you don't have a controller. All those parameters that we can mess around with... doing it by mouse seems pointless, and looks a bit boring.

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Post by jera » Tue May 02, 2006 11:35 am

Phuboy wrote:Reason would suck balls to use if you don't have a controller. All those parameters that we can mess around with... doing it by mouse seems pointless, and looks a bit boring.
it is mate

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Post by docwra » Tue May 02, 2006 12:18 pm

Look out for the Repulsive Wavz 2 sample cd, coming very soon. All sounds done on the virus. Gonna be big.

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Post by dj $hy » Tue May 02, 2006 2:13 pm

Virus TI is my only bit of hardware but its all ya need

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Post by jesta » Tue May 02, 2006 5:18 pm

i do most stuff on a pc, but also have a jomox airbase for some drum machine samples, supernova 2, virus b and a soundcraft mixing desk to split groups of tracks out to (bass,drums,fx,synths etc)..

the most important hardware at first, is a decent pc and decent moniters imo

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Post by 8bitwonder » Tue May 02, 2006 5:37 pm

waldorf q

virus c

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Post by klonhead » Tue May 02, 2006 7:21 pm

i've got MPC1000,noVation X-station,Electribe-em1,UC-33 controler and i must admit that i'm more focused on a sound when not lookin on a computer monitor. When programing mpc1000 i'm still thinking how easaly i could do the same thing in a cubase. but the other side is that sometimes milion of options are not too good for the creative process, and improvisation on a standalone computer is not possible. :p so some piece of hardware interface is surely needed.
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Post by lucky_strike » Tue May 02, 2006 11:06 pm

Virus C
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Post by [b]racket » Thu May 04, 2006 8:56 am

Roland 808
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Post by eventualdecline » Thu May 04, 2006 7:53 pm

EMU E4 Platinum
Access Indigo 2
Mackie HR824 Monitors
Evolution 33e - Midi Controller

I used to be all software but I would get so much going within a tune that it would bog down the computer and was a pain in the ass. So I started buying hardware to offload all that processing. Now all I do with the computer is sequence midi notes in cubase sx and then I record all the audio once the track is fully sequenced... after that I put some waves plugins on to tidy things up and that's that.

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Post by broken silence » Mon May 08, 2006 2:24 pm

Im in two minds as to why hardware is importent in my set up, but iv never been able to say its not, and i dont think ill ever be at a point where it will be fully redundant.
In many ways it does take a strain off your cpu load, and you can do it with one peice of outboard and set up different soft-busses to it.
But also sometimes the sound quality (that old chesnut) is different enough (focus on that, not better, just different) to warrant using hardware rather than juts software.
I think just cos we can do everything inside a computer dosent mean we nessecarily have to.
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Post by frostyljd » Fri May 12, 2006 12:54 am

Hey,
im thinking about buying a small mixer to mix my tune down on, like an allen and heath or something, what is your knowledge in these things, cause ive been making music for a while and i still cant get my sounds as 'big' and 'spaced' out, is it the hardware mixer that does this and do you have any opinions on the good ones
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Post by dj $hy » Fri May 12, 2006 7:42 am

Broke, Sound quality from Hardware compaired to soft is untouchable. Its a no brainer really. Before I bought my ONLY bit of hardware I used to work in a studio where they had lots of outboard equitment and the biggest difference is the speed in which you can work with hardware.

IE, my Virus TI have a-h banks with 128 patches in each, each patch is cat.'d so you have Bass, Lead and so on. So you arrange a patteren, select what cat you are looking for and then turn to your hardware and do everything else from there! When you dont have to use a mouse you soon see how quick yuou can lay tracks down.

If you have a spare 1200 I'd buy nothing else apart from a Virus!

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Frostyljd,

The one thing I'd recommend is getting an analouge mixing desk, they can go as cheap as 100 or even less BUT what you get is well worth it. Being able to play your track (Kicks) onto a desk, EQ n then run back into your host to record the perfect kick! Only way to mixdown imo! Control of your sound is the key.

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Post by 8bitwonder » Fri May 12, 2006 7:50 am

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Post by 2000f » Fri May 12, 2006 11:05 am

[quote="frostyljd"]Hey,
im thinking about buying a small mixer to mix my tune down on, like an allen and heath or something, what is your knowledge in these things, cause ive been making music for a while and i still cant get my sounds as 'big' and 'spaced' out, is it the hardware mixer that does this and do you have any opinions on the good ones
cheers[/quote

if you buy a cheap hardware mixer it will not make a huge difference - if so, maybe to the worse :). However, it will change the way you mix, and it´s very inspiring to mix on a "real" mixer. Otherwise you might try a controller instead. Allen & Heath make nice products though, so it might be nice. But remeber that it´s far as flexible as software. On hardware you are limited to x amount of aux and z amount of busses. Usually cheaper mixers tend to lack full parametric (and four bands too) EQ´s, however this should not be a problem.
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Post by lucky_strike » Fri May 12, 2006 11:12 am

the new korg is nice! very virus soundin

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Post by forensix (mcr) » Fri May 12, 2006 11:24 am

damn you all and your hardware ;) the moment i get promoted the virus is heading my way

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