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#1336154 - 12/29/09 10:14 AM Simple Midi Software?
mmcdavid73 Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
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Does anyone know of a software that simple interprets a midi signal from a piano keyboard and makes it a sound? I have a midi keyboard and just want a program that works as a synthesizer for it.

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#1336168 - 12/29/09 10:49 AM Re: Simple Midi Software? [Re: mmcdavid73]
setchman Offline
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One of the best resources I've found for searching for virtual instruments and VSTs is over at KVR. This link will take you to the plug-in database page where you can do a search for whatever instruments or plug-ins you're interested in.

I did a quick search for only piano/electric piano plugins that where only freeware, VST compatible that will only work in Windows and came up with 33 plugins.

Chances are you can find something you're looking for over there.

I should add that many of those plug-ins will require a host to play them in so, not knowing how familiar you are with setting up software to play virtual instruments, I would suggest VSTHost or Cantabile Lite as a relatively easy way to get started with virtual instruments.


Edited by setchman (12/29/09 11:01 AM)
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#1336179 - 12/29/09 11:08 AM Re: Simple Midi Software? [Re: setchman]
mmcdavid73 Offline
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Thanks. I'll try them out.

#1336245 - 12/29/09 12:41 PM Re: Simple Midi Software? [Re: mmcdavid73]
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Garage band. If you have an Apple Mac GB is already installed. It is pretty easy to use once you understand the basic concepts. Apple piano sound is sampled from a Yamaha and is about as good as any mid-range DP's internal sound.

If you are using some kind of Windows PC it's harder. You will want to look into low latency drivers that work with whatever sound interface you have and then finding software that can work as a VST host and then choosing a virtual instrument VST. There are a lot of this, some is very good and some is total junk.

Edited by ChrisA (12/29/09 12:45 PM)

#1336525 - 12/29/09 06:52 PM Re: Simple Midi Software? [Re: ChrisA]
Glenn NK Offline
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Originally Posted By: ChrisA
There are a lot of this, some is very good and some is total junk.

Quite true - I tried quite a few about four years ago, and soon realized that they weren't going to cut it.

A rough guide to quality is how much it costs. Some of the free ones are generally as good as they cost.

I recall trying a free Steinway VST - it was sampled from an out of tune piano.

#1336562 - 12/29/09 07:44 PM Re: Simple Midi Software? [Re: Glenn NK]
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Originally Posted By: Glenn NK
Originally Posted By: ChrisA
There are a lot of this, some is very good and some is total junk.

A rough guide to quality is how much it costs. Some of the free ones are generally as good as they cost.

Another good indicator is to check if a small cottage industry of training videos and books exist. This means there is a large demand for wanting to learn the software. As an example in any large chain book store there will be a shelf filled with books on how to use Adobe Photoshop. So if you were a photographer or graphic artist that might tell you which software to learn. Same here. If you look you can find many books, training video and even collage classes on "Pro Tools" and "Logic" (and then CuBase as a distant third place.) PT and Logic are what is used on almost every bit of recorded music you see in the stores.

It says something that Amazon lists 1.428 books on Pro Tools

Edited by ChrisA (12/29/09 07:49 PM)

#1336564 - 12/29/09 07:52 PM Re: Simple Midi Software? [Re: ChrisA]
R0B Offline
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Loc: Australia
To add to the excellent previous suggestions, here is another great resource.



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