Aspiring ∞ Creator
- Apr 8, 2018
Ah, that makes sense. I was wondering if I'd need a box. I'll be sure to make sure any keyboard I pick is USB then; I'd rather avoid the expense (and space, I suppose) of the extra hardware if I can. That's interesting to know about the analog-digital/digital-analog conversion, too--explains what the box is for and where some of the latency issues people talk about might come from.The "delay" is called "latency". I have 2 MIDI keyboards and I use them in Studio One, there isn't a lag. I DO have a lag with my guitar when I record it, though! The problem is because guitars aren't MIDI instruments and you have to hook it up to an audio box to record in real time. Studio One has their own (PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 2x2 USB Audio Interface), so if you use a different brand of audio box (I have Behringer), there is lag and it's disorienting. When you use Studio One's audio box, they have a faster setting for allegedly no lag. But if you have a MIDI keyboard, you won't have to worry about getting an audiobox (all you need is a USB cord). If the keyboard is not MIDI, then you need an audio box.
Thank you!Lastly, for using Miku's name/image in a song, it's perfectly fine if you aren't making money from it. But once you start wanting to put it on a CD and make loads of cash, then you have to get a character license. They don't care about tiny amounts of money (ex: paying for a table at a convention, paying to print a few short comics, and selling them because you are basically spending and gaining the same amount of money).
I'm glad you found a fix for the recording problems you were having, Kona! I'll keep those methods in mind, too--I'm sure I'll probably need them for something with/without the keyboard!I did find a solution, which is usually selecting all notes after the fact and messing with Length, Quantize, and Stretch until I find something I like. I’d never used them before and just revently started to, and it is extremely helpful both with and without MIDI input. I would still say wait a bar or two before playing and just move the part back as to save from the beginning notes potentially getting cut off.
It sounds like we're pretty much all in agreement about the general size range I would be looking for. Since my goal is to make note input easier, I'd like to have a decently wide range of notes available without having to hit any buttons to shift up/down. Just as an estimate, Miku's advertised optimal vocal range is a little over an octave wide (though it can go a good bit further on the high end), so composing for her would seem to require 14 keys at a minimum. (As an aside, Ruby (I think? Or was it Cyber Diva....) is more or less similar in terms of breadth, IIRC, and Gumi is crazy wide.) Assuming the instrumental requires at least as much again on either side (since you don't want too many things to be in the same tonal range), I'm looking at 42 keys at a minimum. Honestly, I feel like the 25-key models are probably best for triggering stuff (like beats, loops, etc.) during live performances, rather than actually playing on like a traditional piano. On the other hand, of course, the number of keys looks to contribute dramatically to price, as well as the issue of simple space considerations. So I'd be looking to go middle of the road :) .
Thanks very much to you both!