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  1. When I write code with a user interface, making that interface simple, ergonomic and intuitive is usually 60% or more of the total effort. But I'm picky... I've had so much experience with badly constructed user interfaces that I make it a point to do it properly. Some of the programs I use at work are so non-linear it is necessary to write out lists of what to do, in what sequence, so you can do it again when you need to use it again a couple years later. Engineering programs (pro-level PCB layout programs, analog circuit simulators, RF and microwave simulators, CAD programs) are generally the worst offenders. Oddly enough, the lower-grade programs in these categories (for example, Multisim or Pspice analog circuit sims) generally have a much better usability, but often don't have the advanced capabilities I need.
  2. I'd say convert the incoming tracks to match the rate of the whole project (assuming your DAW doesn't support tracks with different sample rates.
  3. The advantage of multiple ports is that it greatly simplifies using more than one hardware instrument. I've used a single port for this before and it gets ugly fast what with daisy chaining thrus, dealing with setting each instrument to separate channels, using a MIDI merger to combine signals, and spending hours figuring out why things aren't working the way you want. The last item alone would make it worth it
  4. Wow what a shocker! Who would have thought a major corporation would exploit people? It shakes your faith in the free market system, doesn't it?
  5. Nat - You were right. I just ordered Win7 32bit from Amazon for $96. Cool beans....
  6. I run MIDI Ox on Windows 7 without any troubles at all. I did re-download it, and had to set Win7 to 'test mode', but that is needed to install almost everything not authored by Microsoft. I was even able to make a batch file that launches my standard setup for MidiOx automatically on bootup. (One instance for input, one for a Thru that also transposes everything down an octave, and one for output.) (I run Win7 in my studio, and still have XP on another machine)
  7. I just wish I could buy Win7... I'm not interested in Win8 at all.
  8. (In Reaper) I drag & highlight the area before & after the note, select the take, then hit shift-S to split the selection. Then I hit 't' or 'T' to cycle through the available takes for that note on that track. If none of the other takes are good enough, I drag the separated section right/left as needed, and overlap the edges on both sides slightly to get an auto-crossfade of a few milliseconds on each end.
  9. I think its a wonderful idea. One that teaches note interval training or chord recognition woild be a great tool to teach music to kids. The hard part would be marketing & distribution I guess....
  10. Wow.. Accordion adventures. I don't have any of my own. I did hear a story about a guy who went to the mall with an accordion in his back car window. When he returned to his car the window was smashed and there were two accordions in there.... (sorry, couldn't resist)
  11. Pretty cool! How much latency are you typically getting? Is there an Android version in the future pipeline?
  12. Metronome: Good advice. Also NOW is the time to start playing with other people. I can't tell you how many basement musicians I've auditioned who haven't learned to listen to anyone but themselves.
  13. I do this a lot, but in blues rather than jazz. I'm not yet up to the mental task of (for example) coughing up an Eb11-5 chord in position 6 within the time allowed by 16th note triads... But I'm starting to get fairly proficient at finding 7th & 9th chord inversions of any key in any position in that manner, which works well for blues.
  14. For live work, I found it useful to copy patches for my 10 most-used sounds into User Bank patches 1-10. Also: Buy a spare 13-pin cord. They are not easy to find when on the road! Buy a padded case. I bought this one for around $25. It has room for cords in the cover lid, and the power supply & main unit fit nicely in the bottom. If using a Roland GK-type add-on pickup, it is VERY important to get your guitar setup back to factory specs or tracking will be bad. If you have more than one midi guitar, remember to reset string sensitivity each time you switch guitars. (I wish they had storable presets for this!) Don't forget to try blending guitar sound with synth sound - - some of the hybrid sounds made this way can be extremely inspiring. You'll have to spend some time wood-shedding with the system to get your picking habits into precise articulation, and learn to change your chord voicing to match the instrument patch you are using. For example, you typically would only use 2 or 3 note chords in a piano rhythm parts, with the notes closely spaced, because most piano players do not have hands that are 12 inches wide. Hope you find this helpful.
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