[access-uk] Re: What do I need for accessible keyboards and music?

  • From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 May 2007 10:15:45 +0100

Hi Ari,


To me, I would say Yamaha keyboards seem to be the best for accessibility,
because they still have real buttons, as opposed to a touch style screen.
They are not 100 percent accessible, but for what you want to do, they would
probably work.


As for recording to your computer, if all you want to do is record it to
Goldwave, all you need to do is to plug the keyboard into the line input
jack on the PC's sound card, set Goldwave to record, and play.  You don't
need Midi if all you want to do is to record the odd piece of music for a


Hope this helps.


All the best





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Sent: 26 May 2007 18:37
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Subject: [access-uk] What do I need for accessible keyboards and music?


Hi guys, 

I somehow need to explain my background with keyboards first, together with
what I want to try and do. I play my brother's very old keyboard for musical
enjoyment. What I'd like to do now, especially when starting to want to do
podcasting, is to somehow connect a keyboard to the computer, or, at least
to somehow try and transfer my compositions from the keyboard onto the
computer, and to probably integrate them with Goldwave, which I am learning
how to use, as music for my intended podcasts or audio. First, I would like
to get a new keyboard, but what? I don't want something too visual or sort
of difficult to learn, and also, since I am a student, not something very
expensive. The type of music I want to create are, for example, like 80's
electro pop type of stuff, or, at least, music with an 80's feel, so the
keyboard must have some cool beats and stuff of that sort. What makes or
models of keyboard have you guys used quite easily and successfully? Another
thing, when I once suggested something to a guy from this company called
Dancing Dots, he recommended to me that, apparrently, keyboards use a format
called midi to sort of record into the computer, and that, to do what I want
to do, I needed Cakewalk and Caketalk, which I really don't want to get as
I'm not a professional musician or anything, and don't have that kind of
money either. 

Basically, all I want to do is to be able to play stuff on my keyboard, and
to somehow transfer it onto the computer where I can insert it into my
podcast or audio recording which I am learning to do with Goldwave that was
recommended here. What modern keyboard do you guys recommend, and what extra
software would I need, does software maybe come with the keyboard? 



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