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Re: problem with tascam dm 24
Firstly well done for buying an excellent quality mixer. I take it you are referring to a software sequencer (if not why not) to take advantage of the DM24's firewire streaming and eliminate the need for a separate audio interface.
A choice of sequencer really depends on your application as they all have varying strengths and weaknesses, however one thing they all have in common is that the DM24 can be used as a control surface for all the major sequencers.
Cubase - easy to learn and user friendly, however the selection of virtual midi instruments and effect plugins is pretty limited and not great quality. Also it can be a bit unstable if you are using arrangements with lots of recorded audio parts. Its more at home with MIDI applications where you either have your own outboard synths or you have purchased a good set of softsynths.
Logic (Mac only) - Not quite as intuitive to use, however the selection of virtual instruments and FX bundled with the package are excellent quality. Also is a lot more stable for audio applications since it has been programmed to make more economical use of your system resources. This is a good choice if you are multitracking bands and have a lot of audio parts to deal with.
Sonar - this is basically the PC equivalent of Logic though there are a few differences.
Pro Tools- the biggie, and also the most expensive! This is a good all rounder, not had a huge amount of experience with it myself but pretty much every pro studio in the world uses tools and the built in plug ins are second to none.
Note all these have LE (learning edition) versions as well as the full versions, where the LE's are slightly stripped down versions of the full. Look at what your requirements are and make a decision based on whether you are likely to use the advanced functions of the full versions.
Finally if you have the budget, have a look at Reason. This is a virtual synth rack and can be used either stand alone or plugged into your main sequencer. Loads of excellent drums sounds, one great synth, one OK synth, the rex player which is excellent, and a good sampler. If you can justify the cost its well worth having.
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There are quite a few ways to do this.The simplest way is to just use the USB port on the keyboard and run that into the computer. If your keyboard has a USB, then you dont need the midi to connect to a computer. You would still use the midi however for other sound modules and items that do have a midi in port however. If you dont have a midi in then you need to get hardware that does as a computer will not have a midi in. There are basic adapters that you can get that just have a midi connector to usb adapter. There are external sound card devices that will do this like the tascam 144. There are also simple devices made my midiman such as the 2x2 midisport that allows you to connect up to 2 midi devices to a computer. The cheapest quickest method if you are just starting out is the midi to usb cable though. Places like walmart, best buy, and radio shack will generally have these. However with making digital music the cheapest is not generally ideal but will get you by in the meantime.If you ever plan on recording audio like vocals or guitar then I would recommend just getting something like the Tascam 144 MK II as it will allow you to input midi, spdif, vocals with phantom power, guitar line in, through it with 24/94 bit conversion, audio drivers, and a bit of software for simple settings configuration. This would be more of an intermediate interface. If you want some pro solutions, then I would recommend going to the pro's at a musician store and talking to them.
I may be able to help. I am a longtime Mac and Tascam control surface user. I am currently running a MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz running OS 10.5.6 with a Tascam FW-1884 audio interface/mixer/control surface connected.
Setup is fairly easy in the Mac OS. Here are the steps I'd follow:
NOTE: Before beginning the following process make sure that ALL of your MIDI gear is connected.
- Tascam connected to USB port of computer
- MIDI Keyboard "OUT" connected to Tascam "IN"
- Roland "IN" connected to Tascam "OUT"
1) Open your "Applications" folder.
2) Open the "Utilities" folder.
3) Double-click on "Audio MIDI Setup."
4) At the top of the window select "MIDI Devices"
5) In the pull-down menu on the left select "New Configuration."
6) Title your configuration and press "OK"
7) If your gear has been detected automatically their names and icons should appear in the main window. If so, skip down to step 12 8) Click on the "Add Device" button 9) Double-click on the "new external device" button that has now been created. 10) Select your device's manufacturer and model (i.e. Roland, JV-1010). 11) Adjust any other settings appropriate to your setup.
[In the main window there should be a Tascam US-224 button. On it there should be one pair of arrows that indicate the MIDI In and MIDI Out ports of the device.]
12) Click (and hold) on the MIDI Out arrow of the US-224 button. 13) Drag the "cord" and attach it to the MIDI In of the Roland JV-1010 button. 13) Click (and hold) on the MIDI In arrow of the US-224 button. 14) Drag the "cord" and attach it to the MIDI Out of the "keyboard" button.
This should get you setup from a Mac OS/Device routing perspective. For the appropriate US-224 Control Panel settings refer to the User Manual.
There are different options depending on what you want to achieve. If
you want to send only MIDI data to your PC (for example, to run a VST
instrument), then you can use a standard MIDI cable to connect the
"out" on your keyboard to the "in" on your Tascam. You should also be
able to use the Yamaha USB cable to connect directly to your computer,
which would then bypass the Tascam (still giving you the same outcome,
but without the need to buy any extra cables.
However, if you want to send the audio data (i.e. the actual sound) of
the keyboard to your PC, you would simply use a standard guitar lead
from the line out of the keyboard into the line in (both, if your
keyboard has stereo outs) of your Tascam. This will eliminate any need
for VST instruments, as you will be recording the audio signal directly.
I just bought a 2488mkll .I have a keyboard. On my old portastudio I had to us the headphone output of the keyboard to plug into the portastudio for a signal can I do this with 2488mkll. Also the keyboard has a midi output I'm not familiar with midi cables it's a 5 pin midi can I just plug the midi output of the keyboard into the 2488mkll input or do I need something more?
I purchased a used Tascam DM-24 mixer about 2 years ago, and it 's been
running great. Just about 2 months, it frequently shut itself off
with a message:
" Power Supply voltage (+5V) is too low for stable operation. Please restart DM-24".
Of course, many attempts of restarting the board, but it won't turn
back on after several hours later, and only lasts about half a day work
only. Very frustrating. Any idea I could get help or
fixed? million thanks for suggestions. Brian