To the MIDI masters: Questions from a MIDI rookie

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Posted by Brent Matney on May 06, 1999 at 10:48:15:

To the MIDI masters:

I just received my QS8 in the mail yesterday. I have some questions about MIDI and how it relates to my personal home studio. I have been sampling the sounds more than reading the manual.....the typical actions of a new QS8 user. The manual states order to layer the sounds of the QS8...the user must connect the MIDI inputs and outputs on the QS8 to a MIDI sequencer. Is the sequencer a physical object or in the digital domain? Is the sequencer a sound card in a computer or is it a special interface? the sequencer a part of the Sound Bridge software? I also own a Tascam 564 mini-disc four track portastudio with MIDI input and output.....exactly like the QS8's. The
Tascam generates time code for MIDI. Would this make the Tascam a MIDI sequencer? Can the QS8 layer and mix sounds without the use of a computer? In other words, can I layer drums, pianos, etc.....and record them to a track on the 4-track without the intervention of a computer or the Sound Bridge software? The manual states that the QS8 has "live" capabilities which would allow the user to layer sounds and play them without using a computer. I have a PC, but I was wondering if I could do this without the computer?


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