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Subject:I need help.............
Posted by: filmman
Date:6/26/2003 10:44:34 AM

Hello everyone.............I am a newbie...........

please forgive me if i have offended anyone by asking question like this..........

Can any one of you tell me as to how I can use an external sequencer to record good sound from my Korg trinity using computer?

What software or hardware I should be getting.......?

thank you for your attention.

Subject:RE: I need help.............
Reply by: Iacobus
Date:6/26/2003 11:42:58 AM

You'll first have to decide on an audio interface. Do you want to do 24-bit? Go for audio interfaces such as those from M-Audio or Echo. I'm sure others can chime in on other pro-level choices.

Since you're in this forum, I imagine you're considering ACID?

Since ACID can record both digital audio and MIDI, it's up to you as to what you'd prefer to record. You may want to do both. If you're going to go for ACID, go for ACID Pro. There are quite a few differences between ACID Pro and other versions. ACID Pro is the top-level version and will grow along with you should you need something down the road.

Also, don't just consider ACID Pro alone, as it is a tool that's part of a larger musical picture. Sound Forge (with its digital audio editing capability) and Vegas (with its multitracking) round it up. For other post-production tasks such as CD mastering, you may want to also consider CD Architect.


Subject:RE: I need help.............
Reply by: groovewerx
Date:6/27/2003 6:12:48 AM

Here is a great place to learn more:

and even more:

Subject:RE: I need help.............
Reply by: filmman
Date:7/3/2003 9:29:18 AM

thank you so much to mD & groovewerx for your speedy reply........!

I still don't get it though......may be I should rephrase my question again......

I am new to acid or rather computer sound recording.........

What I want to know is how do I get started if I have a computer and a synthesizer?

what should I do next to get a good recording........???

your professional reply will be very much appreciated...........TQ

Subject:RE: I need help.............
Reply by: thephantom
Date:7/3/2003 10:34:50 AM

great info there mD!! so you're saying that cakewalk or acid can't master the cd? I didn't know that. I am new here also and have learned SO much from this forum!!

Subject:RE: I need help.............
Reply by: gunhed
Date:7/3/2003 3:56:11 PM

You could record an audio track (wav file) in Acid from the output as you play your [real] synthesizer, but you need to hook it into your PC somehow. I assume this is what you're looking to do.

You can get a 1/4" to 1/8" phono plug adapter and jack that Korg straight into the Line-in of your sound card, but you have to be careful of not turning it up too loud. I'm not sure if that's an advisable solution, but I do have a friend who does exactly that. Cheap solution.

The expensive route would be to get a sound card with a 1/4" input. I've listed a few of these below that look like pro-level solutions.

M-Audio Delta 66 (around $300):

M-Audio Omni Studio (around $500):

MOTU 2408 Mk3 PCI / rackmount system (around $950):

Subject:RE: I need help.............
Reply by: Iacobus
Date:7/5/2003 2:00:34 PM

You can also opt for something like an Echo MiaMIDI. You should be able to pick one up for about $200 if you look around.

phantom: You can certainly mix a project and burn it to CD straight from ACID, but there's usually a lot more to it than that, especially for professional work you intend to sell. Digital audio editors like Sound Forge help massage and add sheen to a project.

You can certainly place compressors and such in ACID, but just like most other apps of this type, you're better off doing any such work after you mix (adjusting volume levels and panning) your project. That way, any snafus are kept to a minimum.

For example, what if you decide you want to actually add something to the mix after you've compressed and EQ'ed to a "T"? You'd have to go back and do it all over again to get everything sounding the way you want it and to accomodate anything new that's been introduced. Better to do it step-by-step. Get your musical vision down and then worry about enhancement later.


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