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Virtual Instruments Intro?
#3023340 09/09/20 05:47 PM
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So yeah, I want to get a new keyboard with MIDI and USB out and try using it to play Pianoteq or Virtual Instruments with my laptop. What would be involved in making this work? What should I be concerned about?

Basically, what is this opportunity I am getting into?

I have a mostly new laptop with Windows 10, and older ones.

I can always go back to headphones.

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If your ultimate goal is only playing piano using Pianoteq and/or other piano plugins, then, generally, you need a hammer-action keyboard (e.g., Kawai VPC1) and a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation, e.g., Reaper), which provides user interface for playing various piano plugins (VSTi-s).

Some VSTi-s do not require a DAW for playing.

Every DAW and VSTi has a specific installation procedure for installing it on your computer.

There exist a host of MIDI keyboards and VSTi-s in various price/quality ranges. Most keyboards not only support MIDI. They also contain on-board instruments, which can be played without a computer. You can either use or ignore the on-board instruments.

88-keys Hammer Action keyboards imitate real piano action, they are suitable for pianists. For playing other VSTi-s (organs, orchestra or synthesized sounds), other action types may suit better.

Typically, using a DAW, you can record your playing in MIDI form, then edit and render it (transform to audio) using a VSTi.

If you specify your ultimate music goals we could provide more specific recommendations.

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Originally Posted by Andrew_G
If your ultimate goal is only playing piano using Pianoteq and/or other piano plugins, then, generally, you need a hammer-action keyboard (e.g., Kawai VPC1) and a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation, e.g., Reaper), which provides user interface for playing various piano plugins (VSTi-s).
. . .
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Speaking for Pianoteq, you _don't_ need any DAW. And, while most of use use hammer-action keyboards, that's not a requirement for _any_ VST.

. . . Download the "demo" version of Pianoteq, and install it.

. . . Some keyboards require installing a MIDI-over-USB driver on the computer -- do that.
. . . Most keyboards are "class-compliant", and use the default Windows MIDI driver.

. . . Run a USB cable from your keyboard's "MIDI-over-USB" jack
. . . (probably a square "printer jack") to your computer's USB jack.

. . . Turn on your keyboard.

. . . Start Pianoteq, and use the "Edit | Preferences | Devices" to tell it to listen
. . . to your keyboard's MIDI-over-USB output, and where to send its piano-sound output.

When and if you have delays, come back here and ask about "latency", "ASIO", and other arcana.


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