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Midi vs. Sound

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What is the difference between using Midi Vs. Sound? Is plugging in my keyboard into Cakewalk do the job? If Midi is not a choice is the next more expensive way using sound? What would be the ideal and cheapest solution? A Mixer into the sound card...?

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    Thank you so very much.

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Think of MIDI like the old time player pianos where you put a roll into it and the punches on the paper roll told the piano what notes to play. MIDI is a way for computers and musical instruments to communicate what is being played. When you plug your keyboard into your computer and enable it in Cakewalk, then Cakewalk records what notes you are playing on your keyboard (makes a piano roll file). Then when you tell Cakewalk to play this file back it communicates to your keyboard and says play these notes just like a person was sitting there playing these notes. The distinction here is you are recording and playing back your performance (which keys you pressed, how hard you struck the keys, how long you held the keys for sustain, etc...). No sound is actually being recorded, just the PERFORMANCE. When you play it back, the keyboard regenerates the sounds on the fly just as if you were actually sitting there performing the music again. Same thing applies to other MIDI enabled instruments (drums, guitar, saxaphone, etc...). This opens up all kinds of possibilities, you can redirect the recorded MIDI file to a completely different sound or instrument. Example... you record MIDI of you playing piano song, then you have Cakewalk play this MIDI back to your keyboard but you change the sound on your keyboard to guitar, it will play the same song, but now you will hear guitar instead of piano. Get it?

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    Allan Claunch Feb 03, 2009

    Once you understand this concept, then learn tracks, Cakewalk and other programs like this give you the ability to record multiple tracks and most keyboard have several voices (sounds) that can be played at the same time. So now you can record a MIDI track for a kick and snare sound, then record another track for a bass guitar sound, then record another track for a piano. Now that you have recorded all three tracks into a single Cakewalk song file, if you play it back to your keyboard, it will play all three simultaneously (drums, bass, & piano). This is done through the use of MIDI channels. On your keyboard you assign a different channel number for each of the instrument sounds (drums are usually channel 10 by default, make bass channel 12, piano channel 1).

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