I have a Kawai CN37 digital piano, which I have connected to my surfacebook via USB and am currently learning to play using playground sessions software. At the moment I mute the piano sound in the software and use the native DP sounds via the piano's speakers.
Now I can play a little I wanted to have a look at software synths so installed one on my surfacebook, and can select the piano as a midi source. So far so good. However, the sound obviously comes out of the laptop, and initially I wondered if I could select the piano as the audio output, for now, to give me semi decent sound in that it should sound like the music was coming out of the piano. It doesnt seem like that is possible.
I am therefore looking for the most effective way of using the piano as a midi keyboard to play the various software synths, but with decent sound.
After investigating a little I think the 'best' option for me would be to buy a usb audio interface for the laptop, keep the DP plugged into the laptop via USB and then I should be able to select the interface as the audio output in the software synths, the DP as the midi source. Then I would need to connect a couple of monitor speakers via the line outs of the audio interface, an upgrade I was considering anyway.
Does that sound right? The audio from the laptop would go via the USB so no need for any other cables from the laptop, and with this I guess I could also connect the line outs from the piano into the audio interface and switch(?) to that when using my tutorial software using the piano sounds, and the sound would automatically go to the monitors when running the synth software, or is there a better way to connect everything up.
I'm not looking for studio quality sound or flexibility, and was looking at the Komplete Audio 6 interface (or equivalent) and a couple of jbl lsr305s (or equivalent). I'm not sure I would need any DAW software yet as Im not intending to record anything, unless it is used to centrally manage the various software synths, but the Komplete comes with a Ableton Live Lite which may be enough.
Any comments or advice would be appreciated