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btimm  
23 Jan 2013 19:13 | Quote
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How about one more question for the night? I am such a recording noob.

Do any of you use a VSTi for a keyboard? If so, what do you use? What is a quality but inexpensive one to buy? And what is the best free download?
btimm  
25 Jan 2013 22:24 | Quote
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Bump for anyone who uses a keyboard in their music ...
telecrater  
26 Jan 2013 15:23 | Quote
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I've tinkerd around with reason 6 and a older m-audio keyboard. Not quite what I think your talking about.

As far as VST's there are quite a few free ones. I play around them before shelling out much cash. Should help you decide what you like and don't like.
Empirism  
26 Jan 2013 17:00 | Quote
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I use roland pc-180A, simple basic midi keyb and Ive been very happy for that equipment. Worth to check out
btimm  
26 Jan 2013 18:45 | Quote
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I think I didn't ask correctly. I have a midi keyboard. I was wondering about software used to actually make sound, like a piano basically. Free or paid, what do you all use?
carlsnow  
27 Jan 2013 09:41 | Quote
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btimm says:
I have a midi keyboard. I was wondering about software used to actually make sound, like a piano basically. Free or paid, what do you all use?


wow what a BIG question. ;) ... UI have a student in 30min and i type like a blind monkey on Thorazine soooo

I'll TRY (you know me lol) to be QUICK(yeah, right)

I Used to work for a Company that did soundtracks etc for TV and have sold a few of the Synths i used then BUT

Midi-IN = a great way to Hit Soft Synths..
All Pro (good Pro) DAWs (Cubase, Forge, Acid, ProTools, Logic) HAVE many Soft-Synths IN them or purchasable via download.

BUT for a 'Keyboard FARM" I would not Nickle and dime myself to death, i would (have) grab a copy of Reason. It has the most Soft Synths, and , essentially is (why it started) a Uber-Tweakable suite of Soft-Synths ... and the Price , as i remember, is quite reasonable(no pun intended)
You can further Expand Reason Via Reason "Refills" ..Killer sounds from old Keyboards etc...
The more Loop Based Acid-Pro also will host many S-Synths
etc
etc

Sibelius is my favorite but its pricey.

Does You Synth have its own sounds(if so you can layer the out on the Synth over a soft synth or four

Acid/Forge/Reason/...
ARE ALL able to be 'Slaved' To(IN) Cubase.(something to think about)

So In the long run there are many many out there BUT
It is AL:WAYS wise to look towards your FUTURE STUDIO...The one ya dream about and save $$ for ;)
IF ya hook up with trashy S-Synths (usually free) ya get what ya pay for...
Better to snag a quality Plug/Soft Synth now and be able to use it when you upgrade your studio than to waste money on a Plug/S-Synth that will be a 'non-starter" w/ you NEW DREAM STUDIO!

So yes
you can snag Free-Mid/Priced-Low-Priced-High-Priced

There are zillions of options. just keep your eye(ear) out for the future.

Hope That Helped

RAWK!
Cs
Guitarslinger124  
27 Jan 2013 09:41 | Quote
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Actually, I'm interested to know as well, I've struggled to find anything decent for free. Since I own two keyboards, just not in my possession, I've been searching for a free alternative but to no avail.
Empirism  
27 Jan 2013 10:14 | Quote
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I might posted this before, but all the vst:i's out there are listed here http://www.kvraudio.com/

it's best source for em. There is a good search that you can filter commercial products out of it or vice versa.

Native instruments Akoustik piano is one of the best in market atm. Free's are few good, but none of em ofcourse beat those top commercial products even close. Also, Ezkeys from toontrack is worth to check out.

-Emp


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