Needing help with my new toy...

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Needing help with my new toy...

Post by Silverbeat » Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:26 pm

Hey sound people,

I have recently decided to try my luck at producing tunes using an AKAI MPK25 Midi Keyboard, and also Garageband initially to get familiar with the process.

It's all a bit daunting using the online tutorials, and so I'm trying to find someone in Melbourne who can show me the ropes, in person.

Anyone know of somebody that can help me? I am willing to pay of course!

Cheers :)

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Re: Needing help with my new toy...

Post by Direkt » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:08 am

Hey mate - where did you grab the MPK from?

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Re: Needing help with my new toy...

Post by Silverbeat » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:10 am

Direkt - I got it at Allans Music - Seemed to be the cheapest around - $350ish...

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Re: Needing help with my new toy...

Post by Silverbeat » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:11 am

Direkt wrote:Hey mate - where did you grab the MPK from?


I got it at Allans Music. They seem to be the cheapest around

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Post by Direkt » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:59 am

Good man. You should speak to the sales staff there mate.

I'm familiar with MPK's, but not overly familiar with Garage Band.

TBH - there's probably not too many people on here using Garage Band.

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Re: Needing help with my new toy...

Post by Silverbeat » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:12 am

What would be a good program then to use for a beginner starting out using an MPK?

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Post by Direkt » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:16 am

Depending on what you're focusing on TBH... and very generally speaking...

Live recording/tracking and mixing: Pro Tools, Cubase
Electronic music using soft synths, samples etc: Ableton, Logic (Mac only), Fruity Loops (PC only), Cubase, Reason
Using loop based material: Acid, Ableton

All of the above: Cubase, Logic

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Re: Needing help with my new toy...

Post by Silverbeat » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:55 am

The Keyboard came with Ableton Live Lite - Would this be good to start with?

Basically I am interested in producing Electronic music using loops & tracks and playing around with existing software sounds to begin with.

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Post by Direkt » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:17 am

Sure, that's a great way to start. You'll be a bit limited with LE - I think it's 4 audio tracks and 4 MIDI tracks you can run at anyone time... but if you find yourself enjoying Live Lite, then you can look at upgrading.

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Post by Silverbeat » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:31 am

thanks for your advice matey

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Post by Direkt » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:33 am

no probs. there's usually an upgrade path for LE users to get the full version on the cheap as well if you decide to go down that road.

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Re: Needing help with my new toy...

Post by Silverbeat » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:38 am

Great - And what does the LE stand for?

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Re: Needing help with my new toy...

Post by Direkt » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:48 am

Lite Edition... aka Ableton Live Lite... aka Ableton Live Lite Akai Professional Edition

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Re: Needing help with my new toy...

Post by flippo » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:24 pm

what sort of music are you into mate?

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