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Unread Dec 30th, 2007, 04:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question New to Keyboarding. Want to play Trance. Confused.

So I just got a new keyboard, the Yamaha YPT-210, the cheapest thing they're selling unless the 200 is still on shelves somewhere. With it, my intent is to learn to play the keyboard (prolly a given).

I want to play rave music, specifically trance. However, I'm confused as to how the particular sound is produced. This keyboard has around four hundred voices, however maybe five of them get no closer to rave music than The Birthday Massacre. Don't get me wrong, I love TBM, but...

How do I produce techno songs? Note I'm not presuming to be able to do it with this keyboard. Do I need techno voices, and thus to return this keyboard and get a different model, or can I make these voices work using a soft synth, or a synth?

So sorry if I sound completely ignorant. I kinda am. I did some homework, but don't seem to be able to educate myself much further without asking this question.

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Unread Dec 30th, 2007, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've got an old Casio keyboard that only has 64 rhythms and tones. Only 3 tones produce synthy sounds. You're better off than me! I'd say take a piano class. I'm sure it will help. You could just tinker around a bit. Try to play along with your favorite trance tracks.
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I've got an old Casio keyboard that only has 64 rhythms and tones. Only 3 tones produce synthy sounds. You're better off than me! I'd say take a piano class. I'm sure it will help. You could just tinker around a bit. Try to play along with your favorite trance tracks.
Yes, I'm working on actually learning to play the keyboard. However, I can be a master pianist, and be able to play every EDM song I know with the "grand piano" voice, and still not produce a single song that actually sounds like EDM.

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Errr... if you're going to get a keyboard for production, you have to get something worth getting lol.
The keyboard you got is probably as basic as it gets with some cheesy samples and etc. Honestly, if i were you, i'd get i sampler like FL studio and a decent size midi controller. Hook it up to a synth VST and you have all you need to start making trance.
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Errr... if you're going to get a keyboard for production, you have to get something worth getting lol.
The keyboard you got is probably as basic as it gets with some cheesy samples and etc. Honestly, if i were you, i'd get i sampler like FL studio and a decent size midi controller. Hook it up to a synth VST and you have all you need to start making trance.
Yeah well I got the cheapest Yamaha I could fine, just to learn to play with, given I'm unemployed for the moment. So if I hooked my keyboard up to my FL Studio-loaded laptop with a MIDI cable, I'd be good to go?

I'm not sure I completely understand what you're suggesting, because, if I'm not mistaken, a keyboard is a MIDI controller, and FL Studio is a VST host, but you've almost implied the synth VST to be a separate item from FL Studio.

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Yeah well I got the cheapest Yamaha I could fine, just to learn to play with, given I'm unemployed for the moment. So if I hooked my keyboard up to my FL Studio-loaded laptop with a MIDI cable, I'd be good to go?

I'm not sure I completely understand what you're suggesting, because, if I'm not mistaken, a keyboard is a MIDI controller, and FL Studio is a VST host, but you've almost implied the synth VST to be a separate item from FL Studio.

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If you can connect your keyboard to the soundcard, then you're in business. Then you can simply load a VST plugin (a synth or a drum machine... whatever), link it to your keyboard and start playing. This'll give you better sound quality than messing around with those cheap presents and samples you have on your keyboard memory. Now, given that some VST can be stand-alone packages, you may not even need to have FL Studio installed... But that of course depends on the kind of VSTs you're getting.
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If you can connect your keyboard to the soundcard, then you're in business. Then you can simply load a VST plugin (a synth or a drum machine... whatever), link it to your keyboard and start playing. This'll give you better sound quality than messing around with those cheap presents and samples you have on your keyboard memory. Now, given that some VST can be stand-alone packages, you may not even need to have FL Studio installed... But that of course depends on the kind of VSTs you're getting.
Sooo...

keyboard
+laptop
+synth (FL Studio?)
=EDM?

Yes?
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Sooo...

keyboard
+laptop
+synth (FL Studio?)
=EDM?

Yes?
yep, it's the same setup i have.
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