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MIDI and audio notebooks


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Anyone have experience with using a notebook as a music accessory?

 

I have two notebooks at my disposal. The sound is not spectacular but is adequate for a live-performance setting (for running B4, softsynths, etc). However, the MIDI implementation basically sucks. Neither properly support full-duplex.

 

Is there a notebook PC with decent MIDI built-in, and available via the USB port?? I want to configure it like this:

 

JP8000<--midi---\

MK80<---midi-----> MIDIMAN 4x4<--usb--->NOTEBOOK

QS7.1<--midi----/

 

in order to

a) allow any of the keyboards to control any other keyboard or sound source,

b) allow the notebook to function as a sound source, and

c) do my patch selection for all keyboards & sound sources from a single point.

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Hi

 

Your diagram looks like the cost effective way to do it to me. Is your problem that the software won't give you enough the control over the midiman?

 

I have a similar setup but basically don't have the same need to control one kb from another, so it works for me. Laptop is just a midi out, unless recording a song at home.

 

Does the new firewire interface get us anywhere? I am interested in sample playback as well as midi.

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At this point, I don't know. I don't yet have the Midiman and won't get it til I see evidence of good MIDI on a notebook.

 

And I'm not doing this to get audio into the notebook (btw, shareware multitrackers work very well on notebooks lol). I called Gateway, and they might do some testing in this regard.

 

In any event, I see the advent of softsynths and modeled emulators as the PC-makers' impetus to target notebooks to the music performance market - provided they do a reasonable job on the MIDI side of things.

 

Originally posted by JGStephenson:

Hi

Your diagram looks like the cost effective way to do it to me. Is your problem that the software won't give you enough the control over the midiman?

I have a similar setup but basically don't have the same need to control one kb from another, so it works for me. Laptop is just a midi out, unless recording a song at home.

Does the new firewire interface get us anywhere? I am interested in sample playback as well as midi.

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I'm not using a sequencer. So far, I'm just trying to use the Alesis serial cable to play B4 organ.

 

One notebook sputters (Tosh P233), while the other (Dell P266) tells me it cannot support full-duplex MIDI functionality.

 

Originally posted by Dan South:

What sequencer are you using? Check out the Emagic MT4 if you are using Logic. It's very easy to set up. Why do the notebooks "suck" for MIDI? Are they old and slow? What OS?

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