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  • 12-11-2002, 06:48 AM
    I only have Roland RS5, which is not all that great really. I often play around the place down here on clarinet and always use midis as backing, is there the same sort of software available for recording Roland to the pc? (see above posting)
  • 08-07-2002, 02:19 AM
    One other thing I forgot to mention...

    Routing your MIDI file through a real music keyboard does generally get a much better sound than through your PC speakers via your sound card but.....

    Yamaha produce a range of software products which are all XG synthesisers and compare favourably with their own keyboards in terms of quality of sound. In other words, if you use their software on your PC, you can match the sound quality of some of their keyboards.

    Actually, I once took my PC to a bar, and with the help of the sound engineer, I connected my PC to the mixer desk and played some of my better MIDI files through the bars sound system using nothing more than the vanBasco Karaoke player software and the Yamaha S-YXG50 V3 software. It was very good. If only the professional singers on-stage hadn't been tone deaf it would have been a good night.

  • 08-07-2002, 02:09 AM
    Can you use MIDI for karaoke??? Interesting question.

    I guess the originator of this thread thought not. Presumably he/she thought the quality was not good enough.

    However, here is some interesting info for you.

    In S.E. Asia, full/live bands are very popular, but many pubs/bars cannot afford them, but they want to provide some live music on-stage anyway. So... there are many many many 'sequencer' bands operating and making a living.

    What is a sequencer band???. It is band consisting of one keyboard player and usually two or three vocalists. When I say keyboard player... I use the term loosely, because usually the keyboard player doesn't actually play a note... at least not live.

    The keyboard player is usually an inexperienced musician who collects MIDI files from the net and plays them on-stage through his keyboards (the standard of which is a pair of Yamaha PSR-640's). The keyboards have a floppy disk and so playing the MIDI file through the keyboard whilst on-stage is as easy as playing a track on your CD player at home.

    However, as we all know, there is a lot of sh*t on the net, so the good keyboard players are those who can surf the net, select the good stuff and then customise and enhance it for their keyboards using computer software.

    AND..... getting back to the original point.... the better keyboardists often produce significantly better music through their keyboards than the live bands do with their instruments.

    Not only are 'quality' MIDI files good enough for karaoke, but they're good enough to enable bands to make a living.

  • 07-28-2002, 01:39 PM
    I've tried , in fact I try to sing to anything that feels right to me lol.. IT worx if you can make it work.
  • 07-28-2002, 01:55 AM
    Ya know??? I never really thought about that. lol but it sounds like a great idea. I have to try it out.
  • 07-11-2002, 05:32 PM
    yah sure you can
    i take singing lessons, and i compete a lot and i perform too
    and i always juse MIDIs for the accompaniment
    a lot of them sound really good
    some even sound like the real thing
    so you can, it's no problem
  • 07-04-2002, 02:39 AM
    Yeh you can as long as the midi sounds like the song
  • 07-03-2002, 01:08 PM
    I agree too. I've collected many midis of popular songs which I use for private karaoke sessions. There's a lot of junk in the net, though, but if you look for them good enough, you will find what you're looking for. Personally, I often edit them further by adapting the pitch to my voice and changing the instruments to match the midi as close as possible to the original recording. Of course you need a good midi device, preferrably a good synth or keyboard. A soundcard works, but the difference is huge. Myself, I own a very good soundcard with a 4 MB Roland Midi Wavetable, but it still sounds like a bad joke compared to my Yamaha PSR-730 Keyboard, which has an overall excellent sound reproduction.

    So concluding, MIDI can be VERY well used for MIDI purposes!
  • 06-30-2002, 01:35 PM
    You can also use a soundcard for this (like an pci128) and mute the vocal melody if youre going to use it in a large room take care of good ampz & speakerz!!
  • 06-26-2002, 03:25 PM
    yes depending if they are good quality on a good keyboard
  • 06-20-2002, 04:29 PM
    Of course. I've made backing tracks in my studio by running them through my keyboard and recording them back into my computer. It's fairly difficult to do. I would offer to do it, but my keyboard is not up to par and it probably wouldn't sound as good as it could.
  • 06-20-2002, 04:24 PM
    Does anybody think that you can use midi for kareoke.

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