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    Best MIDI Keyboards?

    Hi,

    Does anyone know what MIDI Keyboards (and/or software) work best with ubuntu? I am fairly new to Linux and looking for a new keyboard that I can set up with ubuntu. I don't need anything with too many features or effects, just something with good quality piano sound.

    I really appreciate any advice, at all, that you guys may have.

    Thanks

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    Re: Best MIDI Keyboards?

    http://www.pianoteq.com/ This is an affordable, excellent virtual piano store, has a linux version, and can be used with a
    cover-the-bases keyboard like a Yamaha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWrRaHcfZ-I

    about $230 maximum, and full of features, should you desire them.

    There is vkeyboard, which you can install in Ubuntu if it's not yet there, to test the demo version of Pianoteq.

    Cheers

    And there are now a few free high quality pianos to use in linuxsampler. So options make for a fun weekend!

    http://wootangent.net/2010/05/the-sa...uxsampler-cvs/

    http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=382
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    Re: Best MIDI Keyboards?

    I don't need anything with too many features or effects, just something with good quality piano sound.
    Just to clarify, it is the software that will be responsible for sound quality and not the keyboard itself. I'd also recommend you try out a few programs with a virtual keyboard before buying a physical one,
    Qsynth is good and loads lv2 plugins.

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    Re: Best MIDI Keyboards?

    To re-clarify Autumn7 is asking about a keyboard
    with a good piano sound, not software piano sounds. Of course,
    since software (and a universe of other) piano sounds are here for linux users, we might as well pile on the extras while we're at it.

    With a PSR E423, you can layer some accoustic bass with the Grand Piano presets, and add a little chorus to them, and get a really
    great piano sound assuming the quality of headphones/speakers is
    up to the task.
    Cheers

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    Re: Best MIDI Keyboards?

    I know what he means, but if you search for "MIDI keyboards" on line or in shops, the majority of models will not produce any sound. It's just something a new user should be aware of when getting into audio gear and computer recording.
    For the new user:
    The basic MIDI keyboard does not produce sound. Instead, MIDI information is sent to an electronic module capable of reproducing an array of digital sounds or samples that resemble traditional analog musical instruments. These samples are also referred to as voices.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI_keyboard

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    Re: Best MIDI Keyboards?

    Autumn7, your question reads to me like you want a keyboard that can play a good piano sound as a stand-alone instrument, and also has a midi output to drive a linux synthesizer...

    I'm looking for something similar, or maybe just a plain midi keyboard without any stand-alone capability.

    I started looking at this page; if you dig around on that site, I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for.
    Ubuntu 14.04LTS Intel Q9650 SLB8W @ 3.0GHz :: 8 GByte RAM
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