Re: [midkar] A better virtual sound module
- Hi Tarcisio,Just to let you know that Creative Labs does have a Notebook version of the Soundblaster Card.It sells for $89 US and here is the URL for it:Ron
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My name is Tarcisio and I joined this group to share experiences/ files and
to help and be helped with midi/sequencing issues. And I also have several
midi files that I will be glad to share with members.
I'd like to ask/discuss a question about midi. I am a professional musician
and I use two laptop computers running midi files while I play the guitar,
my wife plays percussion and we both sing.
The problem is that we have been using Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth and
Roland VSC as midi devices for Cakewalk, but although their are halfway
decent, I think they leave too much to be desired in terms of sound quality
and reality of sounds.
I have heard sound fonts, but it seems like they only work with a Creative
Soundlabs card and laptops don't have those.
I tried Sonar 7.0 with virtual modules such as Hypersonic, HyperCanvas and
Cakewalk TTS, but they don't run so smoothly and require a lot of machine
power. Also, I found an small improvement from using this setup.
I also know I could use an external USB sound module (hardware), but as I
use 2 laptops, I'd have to use (and buy) two, and I also want to keep my
setup as compact as possible.
So, I'm asking you guys: do you know or use other better options for Virtual
Midi Devices? Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
- Using one laptop wouln't allow us both to read our own lyrics on the screen comfortably. Also our repertoire consists of 1500 songs (750 each) and a list of 1500 songs for both to se ar ch from would be harder. And also, she likes her songs alphabetically while I like mine in sets by music type such as : fast, slow, rock, jazz, etc.It would be very awkward for us to use a single unit, because we perform more like '2 independent artists backing each other' than a plain duo. It is not easy to explain, but just for the sake of clarity, we don't work as Simon & Garfunkel, but more like, suppose Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand do a gig together and they take turns singing their own tunes, and while one os singing, the other does back up vocals, etc.But the merger box is a great suggestion. Thank you!Tarcisio_____________________
Ok I See, but there are sequencer progs out there that will allow you to choose the next song whilst the current is playing, mine is controllable via a midi footswitch too.
If you want to stay with the dual computer setup Id be inclined to buy 2 1 channel USB/Midi interfaces (look on Ebay theres thousands of them for about $20 each) , feed these into a 2x1 midi merger box and route the output of this to feed a decent sound expander module.