• Tom1946
    Posts: 2
    Joined: Jul 12th, 2020
    Hi all I'm new here and want to say Hi to everyone. I have just downloaded GB and of course know very little. I have all the gear I think I need including a digital audio interface and monitor speakers + a 27" Imac. My query is about a keyboard, I have an M-Audio keystation mini 32 and of course neither the mac or GB can see it. So I want to buy a reasonable keyboard that will 'plug and play' . No more than 61 keys, I don't want a lot of messing on with drivers etc' as my learning curve is steep enough. Any suggestions please? Needs to be usb for mac connection... Thanks in advance for any help Tom.
  • Joe A
    Posts: 1834
    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Keyboards
    Hi Tom - There are so many USB keyboards out there that should fit the bill -- to avoid the need for drivers the spec you'll want to see is "class compliant" [a.k.a. plug & play]. But AFAICT the M-Audio keystation mini 32 seems to meet that description -- according to the specs it should show up in the MIDI pane of AMS [Audio MIDI Setup, the macOS setup utility] and GB. That said, if you want to replace it, here are some things to consider.. - Do you have a preference for full-size keys or mini-keys - Do you have a preference for mechanical or touchplate pitchbend & modwheel - Do you want/need extra features like knobs, sliders, buttons, & pads that output MIDI controller data - Do you want/need input[s] for sustain [& expression] pedal[s] - Since keyboard feel & response can be very important, is there an onboard option for choosing different MIDI Velocity curves - If you are a keyboard player then I'd think 4 or 5 octaves would be a minimum requirement for 2-hand playing Smaller-to-larger keyboards are available from Akai, Arturia, IK, Korg, NI, Novation, Roland, Studiologic, & others
  • Tom1946
    Posts: 2
    Joined: Jul 12th, 2020
    Re: Keyboards
    Hi Joe and thanks for responding. I've tried the utilities to setup the keyboard but the only thing it sees for the input is the internal mic, it does see my Behringer umc 404 but only for output. with a keyboard if I'm honest I don't know what I want in a keyboard, I only want to use it for the software sounds that are available on GB. Manual pitch bend would be good. I think a basic one would be fine as long as my mac sees it when I plug it in. I don't really like the small keys. I'm a bass and guitar man so keys are a bit of a new venture for me. I know I sound all over the place but I want to get started with recording and learning about tracks etc'. I'll have a look at your suggestions. Thanks Joe. Tom.
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