Axiom 25 MIDI Controller question?
I am a fan of Deadmau5 and I recently became interested in electronic music and all that. I was looking around Youtube and saw these MIDI controllers made by Axiom. I became interested in the Axiom 25 as it seems more or less like it’s a simple controller for beginners. I only have 2 questions about this…
If I bought an axiom 25, what software would I need to use it?
How does the actually process of making a track go?
Also, if you disagree with me that I should get the axiom 25, feel free to throw in suggestions.
Every MIDI controller functions in the same way. A MIDI keyboard does not produce any sounds, instead it sends MIDI signals to your computer. When you press the C on a MIDI controller, the MIDI controller sends the command “press C” to your computer. You need to run any digital audio workstation (DAW) on your computer to hear what you play on a MIDI controller, such as Apple Logic, Steinberg Cubase, Propellerheads Reason or my personal favourite Ableton Live for example. MIDI controllers come in various shapes and sizes. I would advise you to purchase one which can be attached to your computer via USB, such as the Axiom 25 for example indeed. Some MIDI controllers only have white and black keys like a piano for example, others will have rotary knobs, sliders, pads, et cetera. Choose a MIDI controller which has those kind of buttons which you think are useful. For example, pads are great for programming a beat. Rotary knobs can be used to control the volume or the amount that an effect should be applied, et cetera. As for actually creating a track, you will most likely play and record each part of a track individually, for example starting with a beat, then recording a bass line, the main melody, et cetera. You did not write anything about your sound card, so I assume that you have an onboard sound card. These sound cards are not suitable for creating music, as they have a very big delay, meaning that you do not hear what you play straight, audio will lag, et cetera. Purchase an external sound interface which you can connect via USB. You can purchase an internal sound interface as well if you please, however I prefer external sound interfaces as they allow me to take my set up with me when I travel with a laptop for example. Edirol, M-Audio and Tascam for example create proper sound interfaces which have close to zero latency. A good sound interface is not enough though, as you will need to have good monitors. Monitors are speakers which are intended to listen to your music “as is”. Normal speakers will try to make your music sound more nice, which is something that you do not want when you create your own music, as you will believe that it sounds good in this case, but it will sound bad on someone else’s speakers. Monitors play your music the way it really sounds, so without any effects and you will hear if something is too loud or not for example. KRK makes great value for money monitors, for example the Rokit Powered 5 G2, which has a good sound and is rather cheap still compared to others. They sell per one, so you will need to purchase two, so double the price. I have seen people who thought the price was for two, but were surprised to receive only one monitor. I have written enough for now. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me.
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