I'd invite the person who wrote that Medaille article to try playing with a metal band using nothing but his computer
99devils wrote:I forgot about your hardware... I'd say:
Secondly, you need to pick up either a workhorse synth, or a sampler. IMHO, the decision on which to go for first should come down to whether or not you want a real keyboard for playing parts by hand. If this doesn't interest you at all, I would rely on the synth you have in the Electribe and the one you'll get with the RM1X to hold you over for a while and go for a sampler first. Your cheapest bet for a good sampler is probably the Emu ESI-series (ESI-32, ESI-4000, and ESI-2000 in order of appearance). I'm an Akai user myself, but at a low price point I'd take an ESI over the Akai S2000 or S3000. Yamaha A-series (A3000, A4000, A5000) are a good option for a little more money. If sampling is going to be a large part of your sound I recommend you look into one of the Yamahas, and if you're going to commit a good chunk of cash, say $600-700, I would look at finding an Akai S5000 or Emu E-5000 sampler. All the samplers I've mentioned are pro samplers (as opposed to phrase samplers, like the Yamaha SU-700 & RS-7000, and Akai MPC-2000). Phrase samplers are pro pieces too, but a "pro" sampler will allow you to spread sounds across the keyboard, like a piano patch or a sampled orchestra. Phrase samples don't let you do this - they just play back whatever phrase they sampled. Pro samplers can obviously work that way too, so you get more flexibility this way.
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