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Piano for dummies - Blake N.

Blake N. Piano for dummies - IDG, 1996. - 353 p.
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Push “play” and the sequencer plays all three tracks at once, which sounds like a four-member band. Want more? Just add some violins on Track 4 of the sequencer. Perhaps the sound of rain on Track 5. Pretty soon you’ve got the entire London Philharmonic playing on Tracks 6 through 16.
Recording the old fashioned u/ag
If MIDI isn’t your bag, baby, you can still record your performance on cassette tape, digital audio tape, or hard disk. Several pieces of equipment are available, each unique in what it can offer the aspiring recording artist. You must decide between analog and digital recording.
Technical explanations aside, analog is the old-fashioned way of using magnetic cassette tapes to record audio; digital is the new and improved means of converting audio into a binary code to be stored on tape or computer disk. Both work fine, but digital is often easier to work with, especially when editing your performance.
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After you decide on your brand of recording, buy the equipment you find easiest to use:
j Multi-track tape recording: These units can record up to eight separate audio tracks on an ordinary (analog) cassette tape, digital audio tape, or minidisc. The recording can then be edited, mixed, and enhanced to your liking. Recommended models: Alesis ADAT, Fostex X series,
Tascam 488 Portastudio.
J' Hard disk recording: Record separate tracks of audio digitally and save it on a hard disk, floppy disk, or removable storage cartridge just like you would save a computer program or document. This can be done on an individual unit or on your home computer with the appropriate hardware and software. Edit, mix, and enhance to your heart’s content. Recommended models: Akai DPS12, Fostex DMT, Roland VS-880, Tascam 564 Digital Portastudio.
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After you start investing in recording equipment, two things happen: (1) you spend far less time practicing music, and (2) your bank account shrinks. For now, it’s nice to know these recording options exist, but consider playing music for a while before diving into a new career as a recording engineer.
Fried keys, anyone?
Always, always, always, always use a surge protector for any and all electronic music equipment you use. You can find these at electronics, office supply, or home supply stores. Plug the protector into the wall and plug all of your equipment into the protector. If lightning strikes, or the power goes out, oryou accidentally flip the breaker switch while dancing a
tango, your expensive music equipment could be fried without a surge protector.
And don't go cheap on me either. The most expensive surge protectors are less than $40, and some have guarantees to repay you thousands of dollars if they should ever fail to protect your equipment.
258 Part VI: So Many Toys, So Little Time.
Sample this!
Synthesizers aren't the only kinds of electric keyboards with knobs, sliders, buttons, and other gizmos to make whacky sounds. As you shop around, you're bound to hear terms like sampler, tone module, and workstation rolling off the salesperson's tongue. Don't be baffled — I'll explain.
J1 Samplers: Unlike synthesizers, samplers don't mimic another sound. Rather, they sample (or record) the sound. For example, you can sample the note A from a violin and then have your sampler assign that sound to each key on your keyboard, raising or lowering the pitch of the note for the appropriate key. You can play all the notes on a violin without ever lifting a bow. And because it's a recording and not a mere imitation, a good sampler can sound almost exactly like the instrument or sound it sampled. Heck, sample the sounds of your dishwasher and play "Moon River" if you want to!
J1 Tone modules: Simply put, these are very inexpensive little boxes that have lots of great sounds but no keys. That's right —
you have to hook the box up to a controller (another keyboard or computer) to play the sounds, but it's a very inexpensive way to get a lot of very cool sounds.
J' Workstations: This fancy name implies that you can do all your musical work right there on your keyboard without adding any other equipment. And you know something? The implication is correct. You can sample sounds with the internal sampler, change the sounds with the internal synthesizer, record and edit your music on the internal sequencer, and perform lots of other time-consuming but fun musical endeavors. They may be expensive, but workstations definitely give you the most bang for the buck.
Don't be fooled at the store. You can easily mistake a synth and a sampler. Most of these models look identical, and some don't actually say which they are on the outside. Do the manufacturers expect you to decode the ambiguous model numbers — ESI-4000, A-3000 — to know what the unit is? Just ask the salesperson if you have any doubt.
Chapter 17
Raising Your Keyboard
In This Chapter
^ Finding the right home for your keyboard ^ Cleaning your keyboard ^ Realizing you can’t fix it yourself ^ Taking the pain out of moving day
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