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Old 5th September 2011
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What to buy now...

Would like to take suggestions on what to buy next. I like to make music that is somewhere along electro-house + progressive.

Right now I am itb.. using reaper, have massive, sylenth, albino. my vst sampler is Directwave.. from FL i believe.. don't like it at all. No lfo sync, not a lot of features.

i have a midi controller keyboard with 16 pots.
justy got a pair of decent monitors.
have a 4 channel dj mixer.

my computer is a gateway 2.4 ghz - quad core or dual i forget, 4gig ram. -it keeps up pretty good. only usb option for soundcard. right now am using a dj controller that has asio for soundcard, but will be upgrading soundcard.

I would like to be creative, and a piece of gear would be fun for me. However, my vst sampler sucks and upgrading to kontakt would be nice.

i would like to put around a $700 budget on.

with my computer setup and a decent usb soundcard will i be able to work with outboard gear? i am not a keyboard player, so most of my synth parts will be programmed in.

suggestions? thanks
Old 5th September 2011
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Originally Posted by drewspuppet View Post
with my computer setup and a decent usb soundcard will i be able to work with outboard gear?
Yes. Definitely look into upgrading your soundcard. Then you could look into maybe purchasing a hardware synth to add to your setup. There are lots of choices for a synth under $700: M-Audio Venom, Novation Ultranova, etc., just to name a couple.
Old 5th September 2011
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Soundcard first. Then take a look at maschine.
Old 5th September 2011
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Well, since you don't like Directwave try this vst sampler:http://vemberaudio.se/shortcircuit.php
Sounds great, and best off all it is free.
Old 7th September 2011
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Shortcircuit kicks ass. Use version 1.

If you don't have a soundcard with a latency < 256 ms, you are missing out. RME will get you there. You can probably score an original Hammerfall 9632 PCI for $500 or less.
Old 8th September 2011
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I do have shortcircuit, but I admit I haven't gotten that deep into it yet. I have used it for editing and layering drum hits,.. love it for that.

Does shortcircuit have auto map where it tells you the pitch of a sample?

Also does it load any formats besides wav? I have some sample banks with various formats like sf2, kontakt, etc.... I find it a hassle/ am not very skiled at setting continous loop points for a sample, it's nice to be able to load a looped sample already.


I ended up just picking up a Fast Track Pro usb soundcard for $130... we'll see how it works for me.
Old 8th September 2011
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I ended up just picking up a Fast Track Pro usb soundcard for $130... we'll see how it works for me.
Not a good choice, I have owned one of these and I could not get it to run well on my 2.6GHz quad-core desktop that has 8 GB of RAM. So I bought a PCI audio/midi card and all of my problems were solved. I will never use a usb interface ever again.
Old 8th September 2011
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I think my Fast Track Pro does just fine, its a good little worker.
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