Too late to start playing piano? Page 3

  • quadfather 6 Jan 2018 12:24:45 38,799 posts
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    Ok started reading up on some synth reviews. Quite complicated, especially as I have been out of the game for a while.

    So I'm now reading this https://www.syntorial.com/tutorials/picking-the-right-synth/

    to get a more down to earth idea. Got a few pointers already
  • quadfather 6 Jan 2018 13:42:48 38,799 posts
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    Hmm. I can't decide :)
  • quadfather 6 Jan 2018 17:46:40 38,799 posts
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    Right. Here's a thought. I've got a really old midi keyboard (mk 149). If I installed something like Mixcraft or acid pro or anything with midi onto my laptop, I could theoretically do what I want in the music room - I'd just need an amp.

    However. This does mean I'd be hampered with the effort each time on the laptop loading up samples to the midi keyboard and also doing some sequencing.

    See that's the problem. I could spend all pissing day in front of the keyboard and pc and take my time but what I'm after is some instantaneous way to simply start playing all different kind of music at once, jamming with other people

    I guess it's the difference between studio and stage and I need stage.
  • RichDC 6 Jan 2018 18:14:11 9,108 posts
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    I tried to play (forced by parents) as kid but never got into it, but recently decided to give it another go and bought a cheap keyboard in the sales. Also got a book to help me learn band was very impressed with my rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star last night. I'll putting Chopin to shame in no time.
  • quadfather 6 Jan 2018 18:23:12 38,799 posts
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    @RichDC

    Which keyboard did you get?
  • RichDC 6 Jan 2018 18:29:30 9,108 posts
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    A Rockjam RJ7 (61 keys). Dead basic but had good reviews and fitted in the small space I had.
  • quadfather 6 Jan 2018 18:39:19 38,799 posts
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    Looks good.

    I reckon I'll be thinking for ages, then suddenly get drunk one night and randomly order something pissed up and be ridden with guilt for a while.

    Until I learn how to play Nazi zombie trilogy, at least.

    Just been jamming along to some stereophonic space sound stuff on vinyl. Cross between spy and horror music with a decent beat. That's one thing the ancient organ is pretty good at.

    Dammit. I've sowed a seed in my mind now...
  • RichDC 6 Jan 2018 18:45:14 9,108 posts
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    I'd also been toying with the idea for a while. There may have been some alcohol involved in my purchase too. :D

    (no regrets though)
  • quadfather 6 Jan 2018 19:11:17 38,799 posts
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    You aren't/are helping :)
  • Deleted user 6 January 2018 19:56:12
    I do not know how much more we can help, I think you should open up four separate tabs with the different options on them, get drunk and see what happens.
  • quadfather 6 Jan 2018 20:24:24 38,799 posts
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    @Mr_Sleep

    You are an evil man.
  • Deleted user 6 January 2018 20:35:20
    Evil, perhaps. Correct, perhaps. Drunk, sadly not, unlike you, who obviously should be.
  • quadfather 6 Jan 2018 22:24:00 38,799 posts
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    Dammit. This thin veneer of protection appears to be very thin indeed
  • quadfather 27 Feb 2018 16:30:15 38,799 posts
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    I am still looking at synths :)

    Narrowed it down to 3, considering my requirements -

    Sequencer
    Subtractive synthesis / Analog
    Polyphonic
    Sampler
    Drum machine

    So will weigh up the following:-

    Roland FA-06
    Behringer Deepmind 12
    Roland juno ds

    Pros and Cons list time I think
  • quadfather 2 Mar 2018 15:30:59 38,799 posts
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    Right. They're all good. But after hearing the Deepmind, I just don't think I can resist. That's exactly what I'm after.

    Any advice on speakers? I used to use any old amp years ago. Is that still the case?
  • quadfather 2 Mar 2018 15:44:13 38,799 posts
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    Ah well, the site that I got the Deepmind from also had a Behringer speaker, so I've bundled that in too.

    Yay, DONE!
  • quadfather 2 Mar 2018 17:08:55 38,799 posts
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    Can someone answer a quick question. The behringer has 2 outputs for left and right.

    The keyboard amp only has one input. But it does have another socket for another input. Do I plug in the left output of the keyboard to the first input and the right output to the second? The amps manual says that the second input is for a second instrument but I'm guessing it'll be ok with both leads coming from the same instrument? Though how it's doing left or right is anyone's guess. And how the hell do you have left or right with just one speaker anyway?
  • quadfather 2 Mar 2018 17:17:21 38,799 posts
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    @Minimoog

    How do you wire your deepmind up to an amp?
  • Gibroon 2 Mar 2018 17:43:50 2,634 posts
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    It's more than likely a mono amp so just use the left channel. Get yourself some good headphones though to hear all the juiciness. :)
  • quadfather 3 Mar 2018 10:25:24 38,799 posts
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    @Gibroon

    Cheers. Yeah, got some decent headphones. But the keyboard definitely has a left and a right output on it. Just in case, I've ordered two leads and two amps just to cover it!

    Edited by quadfather at 10:25:42 03-03-2018
  • quadfather 3 Mar 2018 17:27:03 38,799 posts
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    @Minimoog

    So, I've just setup the behringer deepmind 12 (ended up getting 2 keyboard amps and plugged them in to left and right output).

    Erm

    Oh my fucking god. How fucking amazing is this???!!?

    I've probably scratched about 0.5% of its surface but ye gods it's fucking amazing!

    I can see myself spending years on this!

    Thanks very much for the recommendation - it is exactly what I was after!
  • JamboWayOh 3 Mar 2018 19:11:51 24,368 posts
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    Sweet. So I'm guessing we should expect a Quaddy plays the hits of Stefansen any day now?
  • quadfather 3 Mar 2018 19:36:19 38,799 posts
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    @JamboWayOh

    It's fucking amazing mate. Exactly what I was looking for.

    One thing that freaked me out slightly, was when I was looking through the sounds (and there are millions), was one called, "hill, silent".

    I put it on, and it really is modelled off the game. Fuck me, it is amazing.

    I've managed to recreate the stranger things music too. And that's fucking special. Can't wait to jam with it
  • nabilelalaouisossey 18 Jan 2019 17:58:00 1 posts
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    At 18, you're still a little kid :)

    It's definitely not too late to start playing the piano.

    Just start somewhere. While singing does help develop 'an ear for music' it's far from mandatory in my opinion.

    I would highly recommend the course Piano in 30 Days for your kid.

    It's like having a virtual teacher beside you that helps you with your training 24/7, except it's a lot cheaper.

    It's very aggressive and not for everyone, but it taught my eldest daughter A LOT very, very quickly.

    Good luck with learning the piano! :)

    Edited by nabilelalaouisossey at 17:58:25 18-01-2019
  • jenguin 19 Jan 2019 07:45:03 174 posts
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    @nabilelalaouisossey think he's more like 27 now...
  • jrmat 19 Jan 2019 09:13:27 280 posts
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    @jenguin still not too late to start playing the piano :-)
  • quadfather 19 Jan 2019 11:25:54 38,799 posts
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    It's never too late to start any instrument to learn the best language in the universe! Though I suspect that link above is a bot/plug for some shitty online course.
  • Lukus 19 Jan 2019 17:59:49 24,462 posts
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    I just bought a Roland FP-30 as a kind of Christmas present to myself. I learnt to play from the age of about 7 and got to grade 8 before moving away for uni and then adult life taking over, so I've completely fallen out of practice. It's been a good 5 years or more since I've had any access to a piano (my folks left the rickety old family piano that used to be in their house behind when they moved).
    I'm amazed at how much I remember though, I've basically got all my favourite pieces back up to scratch after a month, my absolute favourite being Prelude in D flat, aka Raindrops, by Chopin.

    Playing an instrument is so good for the mind and soul, I'd encourage anyone with an interest to give it a go, no matter what age they are. It's like a form of meditation once you get properly into it.
  • askew 27 Jan 2019 21:56:32 23,594 posts
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    Not strictly on topic, but for those in the know, are these any cop for noodling in Garageband?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AKAI-Professional-MPK-Performance-ready-8-Assignable/dp/B00IJ6QAO2/ref=sr_1_5?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1548624462&sr=1-5&keywords=midi+keyboard

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AKAI-Professional-APC-Bus-Powered-Fully-Assignable/dp/B00J3Z4Y8C/ref=sr_1_15?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1548624462&sr=1-15&keywords=midi+keyboard

    Not sure what the assortment of buttons on the second would help me achieve.
  • Deleted user 27 January 2019 22:28:56
    The second link has trigger pads for ableton live so that would be a bit pointless for garage band. It doesn't really do looping in the same way as Ableton, as far as I am aware.

    The first one is plausibly more appropriate. It also comes with a bunch of synths to mess around with and they should work fine as plugins for garage band. Pitch control knobs are great fun too.
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