Re: MIDI and bass

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Posted by Dave Rawlings on November 29, 2001 at 10:51:46:

In Reply to: MIDI and bass posted by Groovemeister on November 28, 2001 at 22:54:46:

: Good idea? Bad idea? I'm thinking about buying an effects processor and using a CAE MIDI pedalboard to run it. I'd like to know a little bit about this before I get into it. Anybody have any experience with MIDI with a live rig? Any recommendations about effects processors?

: Any help is greatly appreciated!

: G-meister

Definately a good idea... the problem is in the application. I bought a Peavey MidiBass a few years ago just for that purpose. It would act as a midi controller so that I could do arranging with the computer. Since I'm not a keyboard player, it worked just fine for that. On it's own, it was a great bass. Very thin, fast neck, pretty good range of tones. But the only drawback was that the tracking wasn't 100% in time. On fast passages, it always lagged behind a fraction of a second. I played it through an Alesis NanoBass module and a Roland JV880 sound module with an orchestra card. Very cool to be able to switch between electric basses (like Jaco) and a big fat string bass just using the switching capabilities on the bass. What made it so cool was that all the midi electronics was built into the HUGE circuit board inside the body. Yamaha has a midi converter that can be put on any regular bass but all that does is convert pitch to midi. Your best bet is to find someone locally that has lots of midi experience and have them go through the hook up and use of any midi product you are interested in. Good luck,

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