[bct] Re: Keyboard

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 11:42:18 -0600

Frank, I have briefly looked at Cake Walk, but the kind of computer
synthesizers I would need are very specific ones that are listed for use
with the kinds of samples I would be importing.  Thanks for reminding me
of this again.  I'll check to see if it will work, because it would be
the obvious choice in terms of accessibility.  I'm guessing it will not
be what I need, but I wouldn't mind being wrong here.


-----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
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
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 
> purchased.
> 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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