How to build a useful synthesizer from an old computer & MIDI keyboard
August 15, 2006 1:06 PM Subscribe
DIY Keyboard: It's my understanding that I can take an old PII computer running, say, Windows 98, hook up a cheap MIDI keyboard to it and presto change-o have a grand piano or Hammond B-3 keyboard. Is that the case, if so what's the best way to do it (what software?), what else is there to do, or else what do I have wrong?
posted by petebest to media & arts (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I don't need to get all Kraftwerkian or explore the outer reaches of sonic craftitude - I'm looking for a DIY DX-7, as it were. Basically I'm going to try to find a lot of cool jazz organ sounds. But a beautiful grand piano sound would be good too.
I'm assuming the way to spend money here is the 88-key touch sensitive MIDI controller - any suggestions?
I found How to build MIDI files
Make Your Own Software Synth
A Harmony Central Forums, etc.
And Freeware music notation stuff
Actually I may have found it Here
Any tips, tricks, tunes, tones, testimonials?