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Erik D
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So I'm toying with the idea of getting a USB Keyboard/MIDI Controller for some basic home-recording stuff. I don't need anything fancy, so I have it down to two choices:

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/KeyRig49.html
$90 at my local music shop

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Oxygen49.html
$140 at my local music shop

When I asked the salesman what the extra $50 got me, all he said was "it's got knobs". He couldn't tell me what the knobs do other than "good for synth stuff". Stupid octave toggler.

Anyways, if they're just for "synth stuff", well, I figure the software I'm using (Garage Band) can take care of that well enough on its own.

Can someone who knows something about knobs 'n stuff help me out with this?
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I don't know shit about this stuff, personally. But a buddy of mine runs a website very similar in nature to BGG for all kinds of stuff involving electonics and music. There is a very helpful and friendly community of users there that could certainly answer your questions for you, I'm sure.

Here's the link: [url]www.tweakheadz.com [/url]

There's a tab for the forums under the Tweakhead banner.

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Its got knobs.

This is 100% the right answer.

The knobs are user configurable to whatever parameters you want. patch, note, effect, bus, whatever.

If you're going to control all that with the mouse, go for the one without knobs. If you want to impress the locals, get the knobs.

Or get the cheap one and glue the knobs on.

As a band, we never use the controls on the keyboards and always go in the software.
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Geosphere wrote:
Its got knobs.

This is 100% the right answer.

The knobs are user configurable to whatever parameters you want. patch, note, effect, bus, whatever.

If you're going to control all that with the mouse, go for the one without knobs. If you want to impress the locals, get the knobs.

Or get the cheap one and glue the knobs on.

As a band, we never use the controls on the keyboards and always go in the software.


Hmm... considering the only local who'll see it is my wife... well honey, are you impressed with knobs?
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erak wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
Its got knobs.

This is 100% the right answer.

The knobs are user configurable to whatever parameters you want. patch, note, effect, bus, whatever.

If you're going to control all that with the mouse, go for the one without knobs. If you want to impress the locals, get the knobs.

Or get the cheap one and glue the knobs on.

As a band, we never use the controls on the keyboards and always go in the software.


Hmm... considering the only local who'll see it is my wife... well honey, are you impressed with knobs?


Hey now, don't want this thread heading to RSP do we.
They have enough threads of their own and you never see any of them getting 'Chit Chatted"

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erak wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
Its got knobs.

This is 100% the right answer.

The knobs are user configurable to whatever parameters you want. patch, note, effect, bus, whatever.

If you're going to control all that with the mouse, go for the one without knobs. If you want to impress the locals, get the knobs.

Or get the cheap one and glue the knobs on.

As a band, we never use the controls on the keyboards and always go in the software.


Hmm... considering the only local who'll see it is my wife... well honey, are you impressed with knobs?


No... comment.
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There is no substitute for knobs if you want to control stuff in realtime, like the resonance and wetness of a filter, or pitch bends, stuff like that. If you're just doing studio work and don't ever play live, you can probably live without knobs.
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You should be able to assign any of the knobs and faders on the keyboard to parameters you'll want to control through MIDI Learn. Not sure about GarageBand but major sequencers have this option. Way better than using the mouse. It's a plus to check out the tweakheadz site mentioned. Great for digital audio recording info.
 
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