Basic Midi setup for amateur piano player


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Hi all,

New to the forums here. I've done some searching around and not found a close answer to my question. Also have been hitting google here and there looking for the same advice so I may be asking the question wrong, but here goes.

I've played piano for most of my life and am looking to setup something that is use-able by myself and my kids for "instant music" scenarios more than for recording, although I would like the option to expand. I currently have an 88-key Fatar weighted midi controller (SL-880) that seems to work well still. I've managed to get it connected to my computer and am able to get sound out of it, but I would prefer not to tie up my desktop and am wondering whats the typical setup these days.

In the past I had a couple studio monitors, a set of headphones and a Roland synth module hooked up to the controller. Years go by and a couple moves and a divorce and I seem to have lost or damaged most of the equipment barring the controller. In so far as I can tell there are no more synth modules available to purchase. My guess is that most stuff is done via computer now so I'm curious what a typical budget setup would look like for someone in my position.

Any info you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated as I am keen to start playing regularly again. Dunno how many of you use music as therapy, but I sure could use some these days.
 
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Forgot to mention a budget. Let's say around $400 for monitors/headphones and software/patches (or sound hardware if such a thing exists anymore). I'm also assuming I'll need to build a comp with upgraded soundcard to create a standalone setup, maybe figure another $500 for that?
 

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For sound modules I'd suggest looking at Ebay and Craigslist for a used Korg Triton Rack or Yamaha Motif Rack or even a used Roland Sound Canvas Module.

That'll eat up about $300-$450 of your budget.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=korg triton rack&_sacat=0

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_od...tif+rack.TRS0&_nkw=yamaha+motif+rack&_sacat=0

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_od...Canvas.TRS0&_nkw=Roland+Sound+Canvas&_sacat=0

Headphones? You can find a decent set of Koss Headphones on Amazon for about $50 USD.

https://www.amazon.com/Koss-Pro-4AA-Studio-Quality-Headphones/dp/B00004Z7G9/

Monitors? You can buy a decent set of Edifier Nearfield Speakers for $100 USD on Amazon as well.

https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R1280T-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B016P9HJIA/

That should bring you in under budget more or less +/- $100 USD.

Gary ;)
 
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Thanks for the feedback! I'll start with a single hardware sound gen most likely and grab the speakers and headphones to get started. I plan to keep doing research and I'm sure I'll be back with more questions in the future ;)

If you had to pick one of those sound racks which would you choose and why? Also does the triton rack perform all the functions of the workstation, or is it more of a sound bank?
 
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My personal choice would depend on price and availability. They all have their pros and cons. I would tend to favor newer models though.

The Triton Rack is totally expandable with all the Korg Synthesis and Sampling Modules available. It's pretty much a Triton workstation without a keyboard.

Some other, newer pricier modules you may also what to look at include the Roland Integra 7 and the Peavey Musebox and the Korg M3M.

The Integra's still in production today but it's been around a few years now and some used and floor demos can be had at decent prices.

Gary ;)
 

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