Posted Wed May 28, 2008 2:20AM
I currently have a Korg Concert keyboard with a whopping 5 sounds on it and am a little new to the digitial music world.
I've been looking at the Yamaha Motif XS-8 and Cubase to begin recording stuff to upload here and was wondering if anyone has had experience with the Yamaha. Is there better equipment out there that you might recommend over the Yamaha? I will definitely need a full-sized keyboard with weighted keys which is one of the reasons why the XS-8 stood out.
I'd also thought about getting a sound rack and plugging it into my existing Korg but like the fact that the Yamaha gives you the ability to edit the samples so easily.
Posted Wed May 28, 2008 2:59AM
I use ProTool 7 with M-Box2 and midi controler M-Audio keystation pro 88 with a lot of knobs and faders. Great combination for me!
Posted Wed May 28, 2008 3:40AM
I Have the Yamaha Motif Rack and although I don't own one of the newer motif workstations, I can tell you the Motif is an awesome keyboard. I also use Cubase for years now and it is a top notch sofware so I would'nt hesitate about buying that combination.
You probably need a MIDI and audio interface if you plan to utilize the Motif's multi-part capabilities and/or plan to record anything using a microphone, oh yes, how about a microphone? Mixer? The great thing is that Cubase integrates audio and MIDI beautifully so you can record and edit both from within the same software.
Posted Wed May 28, 2008 3:49AM
Thanks guys for the input!
Zuki - It appears that some of the Motif sounds already come with Cubase. If I just got Cubase 4, would that be the equivalent to getting the Yamaha workstation (minus the modulation/pitch wheel and sound editing capabilities)? I suppose if I really need to use one of the wheels, they sell mini keyboards with those built in for a fraction of the cost.
The Motif is great looking. However, if I can do the same thing with my existing keyboard and a tone generator or other software and safe some $ I'd rather go that route for now.