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> Speed Of Inputting Music, If you can't play a real-time keyboard, how's the fastest way
Thea Hardy
post Thu 29 Nov 2007, 07:32
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Midiwife, the Korg MicroKontrol looks like a cool little keyboard, but I note it has been discontinued - a google search pulled up several for $299 but some were already unavailable because of being discontinued - so if anyone is getting one, they better buy it fast, or try eBay or something. A bit spendy, but looks pretty good for what it is. Nice bells and whistles, yes.

And Jimdubpram, thanks for the loop tip - one of those things that's so simple and obvious you don't notice it is possible. Dragging is easier than copy/paste.

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Ricky Buchanan
post Thu 29 Nov 2007, 08:43
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I wish I could afford that Korg - it seems probably too heavy for me to lift myself, but it would still be great!

Thanks for the GB tips - I am in a bad patch just now and I can't keyboard, but I will be trying them out ASAP.

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[Please excuse mistakes/brevity, typed via on-screen keyboard due to disability]
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post Fri 30 Nov 2007, 10:57
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Hello Ricky,

in Sibelius 5, you can specify the expression below the staves just as you think :
Click on a note, then
You click on the Housestyle menu,
then Lines , and you have crescendo, diminuendo, that are played back by Sibelius where you want it.
And in the Create menu,
then Text ,
then Expression , you have a list of all expressions such as p and f and many more to express the music you think and Sibelius read them too so you can listen to your music with the expression you think.

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midiwife
post Fri 30 Nov 2007, 11:36
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Hi again Ricky,

Well I have the Korg MicroKorg which is similar spec sizewise to the MicroKontrol and yes, it's not the lightest. I can lift it with one hand but if you had strength of lift or grip problems then it could be tricky.
The irony is I think that they've discontinued (I guess)

it because of its mini keys. Seems like nobody wants those any more - Korg were one of the few companies that used them across their product range.

As you can probably tell though, we'll all keep our eyes and ears open for a suitable substitute for you.

All the very best.
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post Fri 30 Nov 2007, 15:31
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Hey Ricky,

Check out Band-in-a Box. It uses the MAC built in instruments to render music from your chord symbols and/or melodies. Zillions of music styes and easy to use. Work in BIAB until your happy with the composition, save as a MIDI file, and then load it into any DAW and finish it there. I hope this helps. You can find it here. rolleyes.gif

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wheelchair
post Tue 12 Jan 2010, 06:35
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I thought the topic here was about step writing... "Speed Of Inputting Music, If you can't play a real-time keyboard, how's the fastest way."

So why talk keyboards. I likewise can't use a keyboard import device.

What would be cool is a software package that would help with chord structure and rhyme styles. Too simulate rhyme gutter patterns. Something a person with finger limitations could overcome the barrier that is always there in writing by step writing, mechanical sounding music.

thanks for the Band in a Box link... that seems what was asked here. Are there other packages similar to it out there?

This post has been edited by wheelchair: Tue 12 Jan 2010, 06:56
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