1. avatar rocky raccoon
    just started trying to get my head around all of this. i would like to be able to record my guitar / a keyboard / vocals. to start off with i will be using garageband on mac.

    i know that i need an audio interface and the [url=http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=6C04E07A&nplm=TC364]miglia harmony audio[/url] will let me do this and via firewire. would i also be able to use the speakers that are plugged into it via firewire as my computer speakers for dvd's / itunes etc?
    but would i also be able to use the [url=http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/korg-d4/67951]korg d-4[/url] with garageband via usb (and also use the connected speakers as my laptop speakers? would it be more useful in the future?

    i dont really know much about the workings of keyboards either (as previously posted) but i just want to know what type of connection i should expect from the keyboard? alot of audio interfaces give you two 1/4 jack inputs - so does this mean most keyboard use 1/4 jacks? or would i be better with a [url=http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=6C04E153&nplm=T9095]usb keyboard[/url] or something like the [url=http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/yamaha-psr-e-203/68626]yamaha psr series keyboards[/url] . can i use a normal keyboard with garageband to use the synth effects or would i be better with a synth keyboard (if so what would be a good one to go for?) and can a synth keyboard also be used as a normal keyboard.

    sorry if these questions seem stupid, but any help would be much appreciated.
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  3. avatar rocky raccoon
    so do you think the miglia would suit me best then? because i could have my guitar / a mic / and a usb midi controller all in at the same time?

    to give you an idea of the sorta sounds im looking to achieve from a keyboard midi controller have a listen to ian brown - set my baby free [url]http://www.last.fm/music/Ian+Brown/_/Set+My+Baby+Free[/url]. and also the sorta 70's sounding keyboard on zeppelins - whole lotta love

    can you recommend a good midi controller?
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  5. avatar rocky raccoon
    i added a little bit in there about the sorta sounds i am looking to achieve.

    what will the slider do? and will the knobs be for changing the pitch etc?
  6. avatar thesacredhearts
    I'd go for a line6 toneport mate (im actually thinking of selling my other equipment and buying one) as itll take care of all of the input side of what you want to do ie keys, bass, vox in one package and will only require one usb/firewire input.

    The reviews it has got are great, and for the most part, line 6 get it right 9 times out of 10 with everything they do.

    Think they are about 300 quid in total.
  7. avatar rocky raccoon
    im likin the £99 price mark of the miglia one though... plus if i get a usb midi controller i will have a space for a mic (although not XLR).

    im getting the miglia and a new set of speakers then im going to save for a midi controller. i want something that will keep me going for a good few years so i think i might go for the korg microKONTROL.

    another question - is there a way to plug an amp into garage band? its just ive got a really nice sound from my marshall mg50dfx and i would like to use it.
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  10. avatar scott_evil
    im finding this thread really usefully having just started home recording myself. i had never heard of Miglia and was saving for an M-Box but looking at it the Miglia it seems to do everything i need at a fraction of the cost.

    i also have an M-Audio keyboard which i am using in Reason and garage band and to be honest for the money its a great product. Def recommended if your just starting out
  11. avatar rocky raccoon
    what m-audio keyboard you using?

    the midikeys sounds like a good idea. gives me a little time to save for the keyboard. thanks for the help!
  12. avatar scott_evil
    im usin the M-Audio Oxygen 8 midi controller/keyboard i actually got it off some1 on this forum a few weeks ago for about £45 its basic but it does everythin i need works great in garage band and with the adapted eason software that comes with it.
  13. avatar TheJaneBradfords
    I have a microkontrol and it is great. Wouldn't be keen on the miglia tho cos of the lack of xlr...
  14. avatar thesacredhearts
    Whats the response like from the drum pads deci? Was thinking of getting an mpc but this might be a good solution.

    Oh and re: the BCD, yeah its giving me jip due to not having official mac binaries. So im using a hack that some users developed for Traktor and then having to use a separate soundcard (hence the wee txt) to get output, as they can't figure out how the soundcard works. Tbh, i wouldnt bother with it until the 3000 is released as it is allegedly going to have offical drivers from Berhinger which will be backward compatible with the 2000. I hope.

    You wanting it for mixing purposes or as a midi controller for abelton?
  15. avatar comprachio
    haven't sorted latency out just yet on the MK but the pads are great.

    The thing you'll love about it is that you don't have to install any drivers (or at least i havent) and it works perfectly with Reason, Logic and ableton.

    Was considerin a BCD3000 for DJin but not buyin just yet.

    Have you contacted Behringer?
  16. avatar thesacredhearts
    Various people have tried contacting behringer about it and have had scant replies if at all, even when people provided them with mac binaries and midi rules for Traktor. Even though the third party dj'ing software says it supports mac (it does its just that behringer dont support them supporting mac users if you get me).

    For mac purposes i would be more inclined to go for the hercules or similar as it is natively supported for traktor and comes with mac drivers. Or if go for the BCD you wanna go for, id get it and them get one of the abelton midi mapping packages that people are makign for it. The BCD user community is fairly strong and helpful, and are making various alterations themselves to get things working like CDJ100's, Denons etc, complete with UI skins that look the part too.

    With regards to the microkontrol, i might well have a wee propistion for you. Will give you a wee buzz about it.