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Types of connector Acoustic instruments, of course, don't have any kind of electrical audio output. For these you need a microphone. For the purposes of this answer, a microphone is just another instrument. Electric instruments have a socket in them through which an audio signal is output. There are various kinds of connector: 3.5mm phone – the same ...


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With a USB soundcard. If you don't need a microphone input, there are several pretty solid USB soundcards in quite affordable price range with line-level inputs to be had on the second-hand market. Just make sure that the driver situation with your PC is good. "Class-compliant" cards with USB 2.0 "high speed" connection are the best bet for stuff that is ...


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This has been a raging debate for the past 30 years or so. There has been a healthy competition between the two platforms in an effort to corner a large segment of the market share. In the beginning, Macs targeted the creative artsy types and the platform had features and benefits specifically geared to favor musicians and photographers and graphic ...


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One thing that no one has mentioned yet (I think) is the audio driver. On Windows, to get multiple audio drivers you either need to use the windows driver, which in general doesn't work very well with DAWs, has more latency and limited multi-device options, or use ASIO4ALL which allows you to combine the inputs into one device and work with low-latency, at ...


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Every modern computer comes with an on-board 'sound card' - the traditional name for an audio interface. Back in the day it used to be an actual plug-in card, typically the ubiquitous 'Soundblaster'. Now it's more likely to be a single chip, showing up in Device Manager as something like 'Realtec High-Definition Audio' (other brands are available). ...


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If the MIDI device you're talking about has only traditional MIDI sockets, rather than a built-in USB interface, you'll need some kind of MIDI interface - an example is the Roland UM-One, but I mean that only as an example, not a particular recommendation (and you can probably get something similar 10 times cheaper off ebay...) Beyond that, as Todd says, ...


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You need an application that can send such messages. Such apps are often called sysex librarians. I'm not sure if there are any DAWs that can also send one-time or real-time sysex messages. It looks like Avid Pro Tools can at least record a sysex dump from a device but it's not clear if it can transmit to a device.


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Do I need a USB Audio Interface to run a Dynamic Mic with PC? (Even if I am going to use it only for online calls in the beginning!) It depends on which mic you get. You can find models with everything it needs included (like preamp and converter, which are the most common tasks of an audio interface). In that case you don't need an audio interface. But ...


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You won't be able to connect Midi to a PC audio with just a cable. However, citing the first sentence of the Wikipedia entry for the Roland XP-80: The Roland XP-80 is a music workstation that uses digital PCM subtractive synthesis That's not a Midi keyboard, or rather, a Midi keyboard is only the smallest part of its circuitry. The keyboard has 6.3mm ...


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The ubiquitous solution here is to use an external audio interface. There are plenty of cheap USB ones on the market that will provide you with inputs (anything from 1 to multiple - mine has 8 inputs), outputs (for headphones, line out, etc) and some even have an effects loop. For your scenario, a simple one input USB interface would work just fine, and you ...


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One computer will run the master sequencer, controlling the others over MIDI. Each computer will need a MIDI input, and an audio interface (a 'soundcard', an onboard equivalent or a USB audio interface). They may all have a digital output option, in which case you can feed them all to a digital mixer. Or you can feed analogue to an analogue mixer. Or ...


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I think the thing you are looking for is ReWire, the Propellerheads protocol to send audio from app to another application ( ReWire Client -> ReWire Host ). Low Latency audio in windows means exclusive audio ( 1 application at a time sending stuff to the sound card ). So you would have to see if your "Midi Studio without Support for VST mode" ( Reason?) ...


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tldr; Free and up and running in 30 minutes, you will get a sense of the workflow and hopefully identify the parts you want to invest in first: line-in, asio4all, SimulAnalog, VSTHost or DAW program. It is possible to get your computer set up without spending any money (or at least very little), and then identify the parts you want to start upgrading ...


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The way I practice going directly into my computer is with a guitar-jack-to-USB I got when I bought the game Rocksmith (like this one here). You can get these cables online relatively cheaply and there's little to no interference when I play/record my guitar. To hear myself, I usually just open up something like GarageBand and set up an audio track which ...


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If your PC headphones jack is separated from the mic/linein jack, then you can plug the guitar in the mic/linein and use a headphone directly. Nowadays, several notebooks come with just one jack for both headphones and mic/linein, so if this is the case, then you'll need an adapter to split it into two inlets (one for headphones and other for mic/linein). ...


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Wouldn't you need an audio interface? I know when mine is plugged in and turned on all computer sound is routed through it, including any plugged in instruments. You could maybe add a headphone type Bluetooth adapter to one of the "outs". For example my focusrite scarlet has two headphone Jacks that I'm certain could do this with a simple Bluetooth adapter. ...


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The only difference between using a Mac versus a Windows computer is that with a Mac you can run Apple OS X which is required for a very few pieces of software that some musicians really like, and Windows is required for a few other packages and Windows is more affordable when purchased with a Windows computer. Particularly, I would say Apple Logic Pro and ...


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You have a couple of options here. Consider that by plugging your bass directly into the Focusrite, you're not really using the bass amp for what it was designed for (amplifying an instrument signal), and instead having it do what would be better served by a set of full-range monitor speakers. You'd be effectively using the Focusrite as a DI box and your ...


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There are other ways to connect a MIDI keyboard to a PC besides a MIDI to USB cable -- there are MIDI to MIDI, MIDI to ethernet, MIDI to bluetooth, MIDI to wifi adapters -- but I don't know of any MIDI to audio jack connections for good reason: MIDI is not a system containing audio information. It's a set of numbers just like USB data in essence (though ...


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Yes you can. You will need to set one device to send midi clock and the other to receive midi clock. Then attach via the appropriate "out to in" sockets with one midi cable. I found this information on page 49 and 50 of Maschine manual v1.5.


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