Iâ€™m only posting this because someone here once said the only stupid question is the one you donâ€™t ask.
Iâ€™m a mainly acoustic musician. Iâ€™m intrigued by the idea of laying down a synthesized bass track in my recordings with a keyboard, as well as playing around with adding other instruments and sounds too.
My computer audio setup: P4 at 3.0+ GHz, w/HT technology; Sonar 3
studio; Aardvark Direct Pro LX6
audio interface; Tapco active monitors; Behringer UB 1202 mixer. Because the LX6 doesnâ€™t have onboard synths, I play midi files through my SB Audigy 2 card and send that signal through the LX6.
Iâ€™ve scanned through a few books and web sites, but I canâ€™t get a clear explanation of what I need to have in order to get into midi and music synthesizing.
I know I need a MIDI interface, and my LX6 sound card has a MIDI in and out. So thatâ€™s covered.
I know I need a MIDI controller, but is that something that is usually part of a standard MIDI keyboard? Or are controllers part of a software program like Sonar?
I know I need a keyboard, but what kind exactly? Do I need a synthesizer per se, or do I simply need a keyboard that can control software on my computer, and the synthesizer is actually software?
Put another way: If I went out and bought an entry-level MIDI keyboard/controller, would I be able to plug it into my LX6 sound card and use it to control MIDI synthesized instruments through a program like Sonar? Would I actually be able to program synthesized sounds through Sonar in this way, or would I need another program to make this music come out of my speakers?
And by the way, if you can recommend a specific keyboard that would do for my purposes, please do.
If there is a clearly written online discussion of this for absolute beginners, please feel free to just direct me to that. Otherwise, pretend youâ€™re talking to a 12-year-old. The more basic â€“ and practical -- the better.