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Unread Jun 18th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to use a Midi Controller Live or for a sequencer

I'm completely new to the world of MIDI and MIDI controllers/Sequencers and Samplers. I understand the concepts but I have no idea how to use it for live purposes etc.

Bassically what I'm trying to do is use my Korg K61 USB as a sequencer or to play samples but also to play keyboards live. I have Sonar and Albeton Live 7.0 and Acid Loops and a ton of Samples VST files etc but I have no idea how to put it all together.

I know I have my Midi controller setup correctly as the software can see it but I don't know how to just play sounds like a regular keyboard or get good REAL sounding instruments for a sequencer/sampler.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. If there's any tutorials on how to do this that would be great as well. I have everything I need accept the knowledge and I just can't seem to get my head around this stuff to make it do what I want it to do.
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Unread Jun 19th, 2008, 01:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This might help you with using ableton:

The way you can get the most real sounding samples (if you mean something like a piano, etc.) is by a getting a ROMpler/Sampler which has recorded each note individually with a microphone from a real piano or whatever instrument you want. Some examples are Native Instruments Akoustic Piano or Ivey. There's a lot out there.

hope this helps a little.
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Unread Jun 19th, 2008, 02:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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assuming you have Sonar installed as a sequencer, the keyboard setup as a midi input device for sonar and a VST that will act as a sampler (for example NI battery for drum or other short samples) then you just need to read the help files in sonar on how to get the keyboard to trigger the vst.
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