[bct] Re: Keyboard

  • From: "Jamie Pauls" <jamiepauls@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 11:37:35 -0600

Please do that Cake Walk demo. The one on the Dancing Dots site moves a bit
too quickly in my opinion. Perhaps a demo from the standpoint of a
less-experienced user would be exactly what I'm looking for. Please talk
about the documentation that comes with the package as well. Thanks. Too bad
it's so expensive. 

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Frank Lizarde
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:33 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard

Have you tried Cake Walk's Sonar program, with the Cake Talking Jaws
Maybe if someone is interested I will get it together and do a little demo
on it.
I'm not an expert on it though!
Or maybe someone else that has more experience on it will.
It would also be nice to here a podcast of Neal's studio, description,
equipment, and maybe some tips and tricks for us blindies that would make
life easier in a studio environment.
It might not be something of general interest though, but it's just a
----- Original Message -----
From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:00 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard

> Hello Beth, yes, the keyboard is still made, the new version is the 
> Kurzweil 2600 model.  There are a number of models in that series.  I 
> will be doing another podcast shortly on how I deal with the various 
> menus and other aspects in order to create my music.  I will tell you 
> that it is not easy.  The big problem is that the Kurzweil has limited 
> memory, 128 MB.  That's a very sad state.  It works reasonably well if 
> you are simply using the sounds that come with the keyboard, but a lot 
> of the sounds I used were ones I either made myself or purchased to 
> add to the mix.  For example, the 300 voice London Philharmonic 
> chorus, the violin, the obo, and the flutes were all added.  These 
> sound, or samples as they are called, take up a lot more of the 
> Kurzweil's memory than do the samples that are already on board.  So, 
> I quickly run out of memory when doing multi tracking.  So, what I 
> have to do is to record all the tracks I can on the Kurzweil, record 
> them to my computer, and while listening to my computer, I record more 
> sounds on the Kurzweil.  I then use Sound Forge to overlay the two 
> performances in exactly the right place.  It's easy enough if you are 
> just recording on the tracks of the Kurzweil, because you can stop 
> when you make a mistake and punch in at just the right place and 
> correct the mistake.  This gets much harder to do when you are playing 
> both from the computer and the Kurzweil while recording an additional 
> track.  Sound complicated?  It is.  I'm thinking of looking into 
> software synthesizers which allow one to connect the keyboard to the 
> computer and load the samples on the computer itself where I have 2 GB 
> of memory.  I don't know if there are any accessible software 
> synthesizers out there that will play the kind of samples I am talking
about or not, but I'm about to find out.
> Well, that's probably more than you asked for, but that's the story.
> I'll be demonstrating this in the next podcast.  And, the sounds on 
> the unit itself are not bad.  I'll try to give people a variety of 
> sounds that are on board as well as those I have either recorded or
> Thanks for the kind words.
> Neal
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of beth
> Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 10:54 PM
> To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [bct] Keyboard
> I second the comments on Neal's Christmas music cast--awesome!  Neal, 
> is that keyboard still made and where would I get one?  I don't have 
> the time now to enjoy one but would love to at some point.  Beth

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