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#2306954 - 07/25/14 12:07 PM Recommend me a setup for jamming at home
Gretel Offline
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Registered: 01/04/14
Posts: 26
Hi all,

recommend me a setup for having fun jamming at home. I currently have an FP-50 which is connected to a decent set of 2.1 PC speakers. I use it mostly for piano improvisations with and without the internal rhythm patterns. That's it. It's not bad but I want more to play around with. I especially hate it that you can't turn off the bass part of the rhythm patterns permanently and that I need to do this every time again.

What do you have for jamming fun? Recommend me what provides you with the most fun, be it another board, external effects, loopers, multitrackers or software or whatever. I play mostly ProgRock, but that's not carved in stone.

Thanks in advance,

Edited by Gretel (07/25/14 02:24 PM)

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#2306998 - 07/25/14 01:55 PM Re: Recommend me a setup for jamming at home [Re: Gretel]
fizikisto Offline
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Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 297
Loc: Hernando, MS
If you have, or are willing to get, an iPad, Jammit is a lot of fun. It has original artist track recordings for dozens of different songs with the ability for you to adjust the balance. So you can mute the keyboard tracks and play along with the original bands, or you can mute the other tracks so that you just hear the keyboard (or guitar or whatever). The app comes with transcriptions of the parts in standard notation (also tabs if you get the guitar version of the song). The app is free, but the songs are a few bucks each to download. you can slow down the tempo, do A-B loops, etc. it's pretty nifty. There does seem to be a good smattering of prog rock songs there, lots of Dream Theater songs for example, Yes, Rush, etc...

Anyway, if you get the free ap, it comes bundled with Toto's Rosana so you can try it out and see if it works for you.
Nord Stage 2 HA88
Yamaha P-250

#2307403 - 07/26/14 03:33 PM Re: Recommend me a setup for jamming at home [Re: fizikisto]
Gretel Offline
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Registered: 01/04/14
Posts: 26
Ah, that's already a good recommendation. I didn't know this app before and it looks pretty good. I don't have an Ipad, but I was considering getting an Ipod Touch, which should also be okay for this purpose.
Any more suggestions? Anyone with experience with jamming with loopers for example?

#2307890 - 07/27/14 06:03 PM Re: Recommend me a setup for jamming at home [Re: Gretel]
ColoRodney Offline
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Registered: 02/07/14
Posts: 20
For jazz charts, I recommend iReal Pro for iPod/iPhone
Posts: 182
Joined: Thu May 08, 2008 8:41 am. There's a few hoops to jump through, but it has chords (not melodies) for hundreds of jazz standards. It can play them back with a remarkably sophisticated accompaniment. You can turn on or off drums, bass, and piano independently, and there's an expansion set that adds more accompaniment styles.

#2308263 - Yesterday at 07:00 PM Re: Recommend me a setup for jamming at home [Re: Gretel]
Joe Garfield Offline
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Registered: 10/07/13
Posts: 152
Loc: Ohio, USA
Yamaha CP series is probably my pick for digital pianos to jam on. Lots of good features, solid key action, and good tones. I ended up choosing something different because my focus is different.

#2308381 - Today at 05:23 AM Re: Recommend me a setup for jamming at home [Re: Gretel]
de cajon Offline
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Registered: 06/10/13
Posts: 174
Loc: London, UK
I get the most fun out of multitracking with a DAW (Cakewalk Sonar). The last thing was a backing track for me to strum and sing my karaoke version of Comfortably Numb. Except I don't actually mix it down to one track; I leave it in Cakewalk because that way, if I can persuade my kids to play the bass and/or synth parts, I can mute those from the multitrack.

And the other great thing for messing around is the loop station. I should use it more. I keep telling myself I'm going to have a go at a live version of Chasing Cars with its great build up of instruments.
Yamaha C3X SH


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