Old 05-12-2017, 02:48 PM   #1
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Hi,
I am wondering what people would suggest about constructing MIDI drum tracks either through a keyboard controller, or using (in my case) my old drum machine, an Alesis SR 16 (using one of these cables https://www.amazon.ca/SANOXY-Convert...a+XP%2C+Mac+OS )

I can think of advantages and disadvantages of using each, with the main ones being:
- The drum machine (via the pads) provides a more immediate, and drum-like way of inputing MIDI information to my DAW

- A keyboard would be more convenient for adding MIDI parts for other instruments such as piano, brass, woodwind, strings, and so on

I do not know much about keyboard controllers with pads, but presume that this might be a very good combination of tactile input (via pads), and having the flexibility of keys for adding MIDI information for the kinds of instruments I described above.

I would very much appreciate people's opinions and advice about this, and about any other issues which I should consider.

Thanks,
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Old 05-13-2017, 07:48 AM   #2
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Drum machine / dedicated pad controller for recording MIDI drums.

Keyboard for recording other instruments.

I'm not a great fan of drum pads on keyboards - often they are not so easy to reach, fewer (8?), less programmable and of lower quality. But the unit would take up less desk space.
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Thanks for your advice, Darkstar.
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Agree. I use a Roland TD8 e-kit mostly but also have a Korg NanoPad for quick and dirty drum part entry. My keyboard also has pads but I never use them.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:49 PM   #5
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ivansc,
Many thanks for your reply.
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