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Config for practice instrument


Hi. I'm putting together a configuration for a modest home practice instrument (to which I would likely add over time). I would greatly appreciate comments / thoughts. Thanks in advance.

# Item Midiworks model
-- ---------------------------------------------- ---------------
2 Ebony Wood­Core Pistonless MIDI Keyboards 15­CMK­3BE
1 2­ Manual Red Walnut Key Cheeks with Music Rest 85­CMK­CHK­2MR­MRW
1 Classic AGO MIDI Pedalboard 13­MPD­AGO32WA­2
1 Red Walnut Solid Wood Bench 15­BEN­HCRW
1 Apple Macintosh mini, 16 gb RAM
(3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor)
1 TBD: touchscreen monitor with appropriate video connector
1 Headphones (e.g. AKG Pro Audio Audio K702)
1 MOTU micro lite (connect Midi devices to computer)
1 Hauptwerk IV software, Basic or Advanced Edition (TBD)
by gary_chapman
May 2, 2019 10:09 PM

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RE: Config for practice instrument

gary_chapman wrote:

Hi. I'm putting together a configuration for a modest home practice instrument (to which I would likely add over time). I would greatly appreciate comments / thoughts. Thanks in advance.

# Item Midiworks model
-- ---------------------------------------------- ---------------
2 Ebony Wood­Core Pistonless MIDI Keyboards 15­CMK­3BE
1 2­ Manual Red Walnut Key Cheeks with Music Rest 85­CMK­CHK­2MR­MRW
1 Classic AGO MIDI Pedalboard 13­MPD­AGO32WA­2
1 Red Walnut Solid Wood Bench 15­BEN­HCRW
1 Apple Macintosh mini, 16 gb RAM
(3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor)
1 TBD: touchscreen monitor with appropriate video connector
1 Headphones (e.g. AKG Pro Audio Audio K702)
1 MOTU micro lite (connect Midi devices to computer)
1 Hauptwerk IV software, Basic or Advanced Edition (TBD)

Hi Gary,

I can't tell much about anything else on your list, but I'd recommend a more "tough" machine than a Mac with 16 GiB of RAM. Of course, this depends both on your budget and on the sample sets you may want to purchase in the future.

From my own experience, I can only say that my demand for more manuals and more voluminous sets (in terms of RAM and CPU requirements) grew rather quickly --- but that's not necessarily the case for your own plans.....just something to think about beforehand. :-)


Cheers,
Carsten

by woody-mc
May 3, 2019 01:39 PM

RE: Config for practice instrument

And to add to Woody's reply (which I completely agree with), you should budget for the advanced version of Hauptwerk. The basic version really isn't very useful for anything but the smallest/dryest sample sets due to the memory constraints.
by Tweedle_Dee
May 4, 2019 12:03 PM

RE: Config for practice instrument

Tweedle_Dee wrote:

And to add to Woody's reply (which I completely agree with), you should budget for the advanced version of Hauptwerk. The basic version really isn't very useful for anything but the smallest/dryest sample sets due to the memory constraints.

Oh yeah, I forgot, sorry. Absolutely right on this one.

by woody-mc
May 4, 2019 12:05 PM

RE: Config for practice instrument

Some comments about the initial setup from me - building my initial setup. Budget constraints were always central, but my first central purchase was a high-end but 'normal' (reconditioned) Dell PC capable of carrying 32GB RAM. Combined with Behringer UMX610 keyboard and a set of Behringer Studio Monitors, I was playing an instrument within 3 weeks and for $AUS1500.= All purchases (and another 3 keyboards were from public 2nd hand market places. For less than $2500 I had 3 keyboards and I was reconditioning a 32-key AGO pedalboard.

Now, 6 months later, I have 21 samplesets, either DEMO's or freebies, and I still use the Basic HW version, which provides more than ample resources for a "practice instrument". I modelled my development on the video's of Patrick Torsell of COL, USA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWprXxnmrYM

During the initial build and for the first 6-12 months, there is NO need for an Advanced HW licence or for a financial outlay for the purchase of samplesets.

The initial post in this forum topic with its list of 'essentials' entirely ignores 1) second-hand resources and 2) a self-build.

Jack
by jacko
May 8, 2019 03:54 AM

RE: Config for practice instrument

Some comments about the initial setup from me - building my initial setup. Budget constraints were always central, but my first central purchase was a high-end but 'normal' (reconditioned) Dell PC capable of carrying 32GB RAM. Combined with Behringer UMX610 keyboard and a set of Behringer Studio Monitors, I was playing an instrument within 3 weeks and for $AUS1500.= All purchases (and another 3 keyboards were from public 2nd hand market places. For less than $2500 I had 3 keyboards and I was reconditioning a 32-key AGO pedalboard.

Now, 6 months later, I have 21 samplesets, either DEMO's or freebies, and I still use the Basic HW version, which provides more than ample resources for a practice instrument . I modelled my development on the video's of Patrick Torsell of COL, USA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWprXxnmrYM

During the initial build and for the first 6-12 months, there is NO need for an Advanced HW licence or for a financial outlay for the purchase of samplesets.

The initial post in this forum topic with its list of 'essentials' entirely ignores 1) second-hand resources and 2) a self-build.

Jack
by jacko
May 8, 2019 03:55 AM

RE: Config for practice instrument

Thanks for the replies so far!

> The initial post in this forum topic with its list of 'essentials' entirely ignores 1) second-hand resources and 2) a self-build.

Self-build and using second-hand components have risks that I feel would be unwise for me. Hard enough to assemble new components from a few companies from which I hope to have some level of support!
by gary_chapman
May 9, 2019 12:17 PM

RE: Config for practice instrument

gary_chapman wrote:

Thanks for the replies so far!

> The initial post in this forum topic with its list of 'essentials' entirely ignores 1) second-hand resources and 2) a self-build.

Self-build and using second-hand components have risks that I feel would be unwise for me. Hard enough to assemble new components from a few companies from which I hope to have some level of support!

Well... No risk, no fun! ;-)

by woody-mc
May 9, 2019 01:21 PM

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