Using a keyboard as a synthesizer?
July 4, 2010 9:45 PM Subscribe
How can i use my keyboard more like a synthesizer to produce music?
posted by NotSoSiniSter to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 16, just throwing that out there. Me and a group of friends started a band together. Were really ambitious and we want to see how far we can get. It feels a little like all talk for right now, but who knows. I've been playing piano for about 8 years. I have a grand piano but i needed a keyboard that i can take to gigs (if we ever get to that point, :D) Biggest lesson that i learned from my parents was only by shit once if you can. So I saved some money and i bought a Yamaha np-v80. Its a $400 keyboard, 76 key, touch sensitive. It will be perfect for gigs and stuff. But now I'm thinking...Shit i really wish i could do some music production. I compose music and stuff for piano. But i really wish i could take it up a notch and work out some other stuff. For the band or just for myself. I've used finale before to write sheet music for when i took composition lessons. But now, that's not what i need to be able to do. If i wanted to write techno or something (its a long road but i have to start somewhere :D) I'm not using finale. I was looking into things like reason and pro tools. But that seems more like editing what you already wrote. On you tube, there is a guy called klassicmaster that produces music all on the keyboard. He uses some crazy $3500 synthesizer. I'm hoping to get some of that functionality out of my keyboard.
Sorry, I'm horrible at getting to the point, but i just wanted to get everything covered :/ So basically, how can i use my keyboard like a synth? Is there such thing as an external synth that would plug into my keyboard then i would do all my playback and layering on that? Are there virtual synths that i can run on a computer? I'm pretty tech savvy and I don't have a problem playing around with hardware and software. Fyi
So yea...what do you think? Or did i just pretty much just fuck myself by buying a keyboard instead of a synth?
Thanks!! :D I know i can count on meta filter :P