Re: I need a reasonably priced audio interface to use...
I would go for getting someone else to record at studio, means they have all the professional ideas to bring to the table, solve problems, but if your just playing around in home a small focusrite 2/2 should do you, with 2 inputs for left and right mono from desk, or also dual linking in two separate channels via xlr.
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Hi, from what I can tell you cound plug your CX3 into the synth module with a 1/4 inch patch cable and run the audio through it, however I think you will be quite limited in what you can do to modify your sound.
Where the synth really works well is when you feed it digital input data. For you to be able to do that your CX3 would need midi outputs and while I don't have one, I looked it up and can see that the CX3 is too old and does not have midi capability.
Midi (musical instrument digital interface) is a common language that allows musical devices such as your fantom to communicate with other devices. A keyboard with midi running into a synth is in essence just a control surface, a way for you to input data into your synth module, it is making no sound itself, but rather outputting digital data into your synth which in turn generates the sounds you want it to. There are allot of keyboards out there that are only for this purpose and are simply controllers. For example, M-Audio Oxygen 61 - 61-Key USB MIDI Controller. I'm afraid your CX3 is just too old to be able to do this, however, I imagine some of the sounds that thing makes are very vintage and good, and modern synthesizers often times just cant reproduce that (though they are getting batter all the time). Hope that helps :)
The internal audio systems in the PC's are inadequate for high quality work. You should get an external audio system that attaches via firewire or USB to your MAC. Then use balanced cables from the mixer to this audio interface. There are MANY different audio interfaces... Search the music equipment suppliers in the "recording" section of their catalog...
Vista has SO MANY compatibility problems that it MAY be futile to try finding a specific driver for thaat synth. Consider going to Windows 7. HOWEVER, a MIDI driver is a MIDI driver and anything specific to the synth is really not truly just a driver as such, but a user interface type program that may contain things like voice editors and other functions specific to the synth.
You need a midi to usb interface, otherwise it is quite simple. I personally have an M-Audio interface that plugs into my midi out and plugs into your usb port on your computer. Once done, you can create a profile in Reason for your CTK. Windows 7 will notice the M-Audio device and then you will be able to use midi. You may have to install a specific driver for the particular M-AUdio device (or another midi to usb interface) but that is simple. You do not have to worry about a driver for the keyboard.
In my experience, M-Audio makes about the best midi/usb interface, and they come in all popular configurations. I use a very small 1-to-1 interface, though there are multi port interfaces one can buy. I purchased mine on eBay, though you can find them at Guitar Center if you have one in your City, or alternately Musiciansfriend.com web site. Many online stores sell them though. You amy want to use Amazon or a price comparison web site to find your best deal.
Sounds to me like you have the midi tracks outputting to the microsoft midi mapper or wavetable synth, which is built into the sound chip in your pc, and that this is conflicting with the mobilepre sound card - midi is just data, no audio, needs to drive some kind of synth. what you want to do is disable your internal sound card thru device manager, then just use the m-audio mobile pre as the input/output sound card in ASIO mode - you'll need to monitor via the headphone jack on the mobile pre or plug speakers into the line outs on the interface.
Then do tutorial 8 (in help files) on using soft synths - INSERT>SOFTSYNTHs creates a midi track and an audio track in a track folder.