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Missing Anything? Keyboard Workstations
Old 10th September 2011
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Missing Anything?

Hi guys,

I am new to this whole music making and I have a really hard time starting something if I have to stop later on due to lack of materials. I'm not looking to have all of the equipment out there, I would just like to know if I have the basic equipment needed to make music made by artists such as Kanye West, J.R. Rotem, Scott Storch, Dr. Dre, Lex Luger, just to name a few. I know everyone has different equipment and that is why I am starting this new thread because I know probably no one has the same set up that I do. Anyways, here are the starter equipment that I own:

Yamaha YPG-235 (electronic keyboard)
Beats by Dre headphones
Logic Studio
Share Popper Stopper
Macbook Pro
GarageBand
Cakewalk by Roland UA-25 EX (24-bit/96 KHz USB Audio Capture)
Akai MPC 500
A couple of microphone cables and other cables to connect things here and there.

I was wondering if I would need a MIDI keyboard or if the Yamaha would suffice? Please let me know if there is anything that I NEED to make music like the aforementioned artists or if what I currently have is enough.

Thanks in advance for the feedback!
Old 10th September 2011
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Your keyboard is likely already a MIDI Keyboard..just use a midi cable or midi to USB cable to your computer. Then you can open Logic, open virtual instruments, and write music..while listening on the headphones.

You may want an interface to use mics with and hook up monitor speakers.
Old 10th September 2011
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microphones
monitors (speakers)

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Monitors, or a pair of more balanced headphones (Sennheiser HD600's, Beyer Dynamic DT880 Pro's) I know from experience that mixing on a pair of Beats By Dre (Studio) is far from ideal... they aren't brilliant for translating mixes, stuff will sound great on them, and awful on something else... No doubt they are great for just listening to music, and maybe it'll be a good idea to mix on something more balanced, and then just listen to the mix back on the beats.
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Originally Posted by mattjew24 View Post
Your keyboard is likely already a MIDI Keyboard..just use a midi cable or midi to USB cable to your computer. Then you can open Logic, open virtual instruments, and write music..while listening on the headphones.

You may want an interface to use mics with and hook up monitor speakers.
that sounds great! when you say an interface to use mics and hook up monitor speakers, what exactly do you mean? Does the Cakewalk by Roland UA-25 EX not function as that kind of interface? Can you give me some examples of this "interface to use mics and speakers" so I can go look around?
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thanks matt!
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Originally Posted by mikebailey92 View Post
Monitors, or a pair of more balanced headphones (Sennheiser HD600's, Beyer Dynamic DT880 Pro's) I know from experience that mixing on a pair of Beats By Dre (Studio) is far from ideal... they aren't brilliant for translating mixes, stuff will sound great on them, and awful on something else... No doubt they are great for just listening to music, and maybe it'll be a good idea to mix on something more balanced, and then just listen to the mix back on the beats.
Thanks for the input! That's what I've been getting from people so I am probably going to sell the beats and get another set of headphones or speakers or maybe even both! Any speakers you would recommend?
Old 11th September 2011
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Oh sorry briz, I thought by CAkewalk you meant the software. That is an interface, my bad. You need TRS 1/4" cables to connect studio monitors to the interfaces main outputs.

You need a decent microphone, cable, and stand.
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You should mix on monitors and not headphones.

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Matt's right, absolutely mix on monitors if you can, but if you've just got a laptop and you're on the move, then it's a good idea to have a pair of headphones as well; plus you can mix on the monitors and listen back on headphones, just to give an idea of how the mix sounds on something different... as for recommending monitors, I'd say just search Gearslutz, there's tonnes of threads comparing monitors, just find a thread that's in your price range and check it out.
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Thanks a bunch for all of the feedback! I will definitely get myself a pair of speakers and maybe search for new headphones!
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