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Old 26th November 2010 , 01:08 PM
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Hi all : )

I'm running Ableton Live Suite 8 on a Lenovo 3000 N200 with an Allen & Heath Xone:3D and I'd like an entry level synth.

I was wondering if the Alesis Q49 is suitable ?

And if I can connect it directly to the Xone:3D ?

Any advice or recommendations ?

Have a great weekend !

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Old 26th November 2010 , 01:14 PM
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Hi there

The Q49 is a controller keyboard not a synth.

Do you want something that'll actually make a sound or just something that'll allow you to play soft synths?
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Old 29th November 2010 , 06:43 PM
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i remember it was advertised at the last namm show tht the alesis came with the old qsr sound set ..does it still come with it?
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Old 1st December 2010 , 01:03 AM
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Good question !

I just want something to play the synths supplied with Ableton.

Or at least I think so, if that's possible ?

And until I feel comfortable with Suite 8.

I've only ever used it for sequencing DJ mixes.

As you can probably tell, I know next to nothing.

It's just that my laptop doesn't have a great soundcard so I was hoping that I could connect it via the 3D ?
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Sounds like you just need a midi keyboard mate, if you're running Ableton off a laptop maybe consider the Korg NanoKey or the Akai mini one (who's name escapes me).

A midi controller keyboard will just play the soft synths in your software, a synth would make its own sounds and need externally connecting into your computer/soundcard/mixer.

Have a look at midi keyboards on DV.

If you're not fussy about aftertouch, modwheels and all of that start here:

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Good question !

I just want something to play the synths supplied with Ableton.

Or at least I think so, if that's possible ?

And until I feel comfortable with Suite 8.

I've only ever used it for sequencing DJ mixes.

As you can probably tell, I know next to nothing.

It's just that my laptop doesn't have a great soundcard so I was hoping that I could connect it via the 3D ?
Your Xone 3D can replace your laptops soundcard over USB. You just need to ensure the 3Ds ASIO drivers are selected within Live instead of your laptops onbards soundcard.

As for the keyboard Wilty is spot on, you just need something that'll plug in via USB to play your softsynths. Just work out how many keys you want, how much you want to spend and narrow the list down from there. The heading to look out for will be MIDI controller keyboards.
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Old 1st December 2010 , 11:20 PM
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[QUOTE=Wilty;51910]Sounds like you just need a midi keyboard mate, if you're running Ableton off a laptop maybe consider the Korg NanoKey or the Akai mini one (who's name escapes me).

A midi controller keyboard will just play the soft synths in your software, a synth would make its own sounds and need externally connecting into your computer/soundcard/mixer.

Have a look at midi keyboards on DV.

If you're not fussy about aftertouch, modwheels and all of that start here:

[url]http://www.dv247.com/computer-hardware/korg-nanokey-black-nano-key-slim-line-keyboard-controller--60072[/url][/QUOTE]
Thanks, I'm thinking that it's just a controller that I need after all : )

The Q49 caught my eye only because it has a reasonably sized keyboard so the Korg microKEY could be the one !
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[QUOTE=tehlord;51912]Your Xone 3D can replace your laptops soundcard over USB. You just need to ensure the 3Ds ASIO drivers are selected within Live instead of your laptops onbards soundcard.

As for the keyboard Wilty is spot on, you just need something that'll plug in via USB to play your softsynths. Just work out how many keys you want, how much you want to spend and narrow the list down from there. The heading to look out for will be MIDI controller keyboards.[/QUOTE]
So if I want to use the 3D's soundcard do I have to connect the controller directly to the 3D ?

And if so then the controller will need a MIDI out as the 3D doesn't have a USB in ?

In which case, I'd need a Q49 or similar rather than a nanoKEY or microKEY ?

But is there any real advantage using the 3D soundcard anyway ?

Or should I be able to connect any controller to my laptop over USB and it'll work with Ableton ?
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So if I want to use the 3D's soundcard do I have to connect the controller directly to the 3D ?

And if so then the controller will need a MIDI out as the 3D doesn't have a USB in ?

In which case, I'd need a Q49 or similar rather than a nanoKEY or microKEY ?

But is there any real advantage using the 3D soundcard anyway ?

Or should I be able to connect any controller to my laptop over USB and it'll work with Ableton ?
Your MIDI controller keyboard will connect to your computer via USB, and virtually any MIDI controller should work with Ableton.

Using a dedicated soundcard will provide you with much better performance overall. Both in terms of latency (the time between hitting a note and hearing a sound) and also CPU performance.
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