[bct] Re: Keyboard

  • From: "Frank Lizarde" <flizarde@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 10:23:06 -0800

I don't know how I was able to afford it.
I would complain about FS not making any good scripts for JAWS to work out of the box with Sonar, but I'll leave that for another list.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jamie Pauls" <jamiepauls@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:37 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard

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-----
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[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.


-----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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