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Old 08-19-2012, 11:04 PM
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Does anyone know if there is something like this?
I am primarily looking for a midi controller which also has speakers and a piano sound for playing 'offline' when I am not composing with EW and other libraries.
It should have a line-in as well.
But I do not need any other instruments or any other functions that keyboards or e-pianos have. I am trying to avoid paying more for things I do not need...
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Yamaha NP-30
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so you're looking for a (portable) digital or stage piano, no?
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Thanks reddiesel. The np-30 does look pretty basic, which is good, but it does not seem to have controllers to control the CCs, and it also does not seem to have a line-in.

Dim, I think I am looking for a cross between a midi controller and a digital piano. Something that combines the basics of each. I should be able to control the CCs, and I should also be able to play with it without having to have the computer on (1 or 2 piano sounds would be sufficient, I would not need any other functionality the usual digital piano comes with). As for inputs and outputs, it should have a line-in to play something back over it (speaker audio quality it not so much of a concern), as well as midi in/out - that would be sufficient.
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Did you mean MIDI line in? It has a socket for a pedal, I can't remember what kind though. I have an expression pedal that goes to the MIDI in that I use for all my controller data.
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I meant audio line-in, so that I can get the audio from the DAW to play back on the digital piano / midi controller. I do have an e-piano that has an audio line-in, but it gets some buzzing from the DAW, which a headphone does not get, oddly, and neither does the e-piano buzz if I input something other than audio from the DAW (e.g. from the ipad). So I am guessing I may have to replace the DAW's audio hardware and see if the buzzing on the e-piano stops. And so I was thinking about replacing the e-piano as well since it does not have any midi controller functionality...

But you say you are using an expression pedal via midi-in - I am not well versed with expression pedals, how does it work? Can you switch between the values it controls? Which pedal are you using? That might be a better alternative than trying to find a cross between a digital piano and a midi controller.
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I'm using a Tom Scarff Midi Kit - http://midikits.net23.net/products_prices.htm - to convert the jack input of an Expression pedal - http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/EXP.html - to MIDI. If you know a little about electronics you can build a switch into the MIDI kit to allow you to switch between different continious controllers, or I think Tom will do it for a small fee (not sure though).
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Thanks reddiesel. I am not much of an electronics person unfortunately My e-piano does have an expression pedal jack though, but I think I can only control volume (CC7) with it. Although from this post I read today (http://www.soundsonline-forums.com/s...ad.php?t=42785), it appears I may be able to assign incoming CC7 infos to another CC, e.g. CC11. Will have to keep that in mind... Thanks for the input!
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