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B&W with Echo Mia Midi and what else?
« on: June 20, 2018, 01:22:52 PM »
Hi,
I'm not a musician but I would like to try to use my old B&W with Echo Mia MIDI card for some music ;) What except mentioned hardware do I need and also what software can be used?
Every suggestion is very welcome.
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Re: B&W with Echo Mia Midi and what else?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 07:04:18 PM »
i almost scored a mia midi card from a friend - i should call him to see if he still has it. i forgot to pick it up from him some months ago!

http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=373.0
heres my page on the mia midi

i have a few gina cards.. ive always been really impressed with the sound quality listening to any audio via the echo gina 20 bit cards! must be down to the signal processing
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Re: B&W with Echo Mia Midi and what else?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2018, 02:10:43 AM »
Hi,
I'm not a musician but I would like to try to use my old B&W with Echo Mia MIDI card for some music ;) What except mentioned hardware do I need and also what software can be used?
as a non-musician you likely don't have a midi keyboard and no external midi soundmodule either, so the card is pretty useless.
It does no sound on it's own, but transfers sound control data (midi) from the Mac to external devices or receives such data from external keyboards.

To make music with just the Mac on it's own no additional hardware is required.
(it has an onboard sound and can do it all in software out of the box)
The quality of that onboard-setup (you guessed it...) varies with Mac model and covers basic listener demands, but of course it's not studio grade.

So anyone who wants to produce his/her own music with better control and output quality extends the machine by an Audiocard or combined Audio/Midi card. Those devices can also come in form of an external box connected to Firewire or USB ports.
There's a wide variety of setup options, from 20 bucks upto 20k...

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Re: B&W with Echo Mia Midi and what else?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2018, 06:08:13 AM »
a non musician could probably have some major fun with 'Band In a Box'.... just 'type' in some chords, pick a style and you're on your way. ;D

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Re: B&W with Echo Mia Midi and what else?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2018, 01:17:45 PM »
as a non-musician you likely don't have a midi keyboard and no external midi soundmodule either, so the card is pretty useless.
It does no sound on it's own, but transfers sound control data (midi) from the Mac to external devices or receives such data from external keyboards.
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So anyone who wants to produce his/her own music with better control and output quality extends the machine by an Audiocard or combined Audio/Midi card. Those devices can also come in form of an external box connected to Firewire or USB ports.
There's a wide variety of setup options, from 20 bucks upto 20k...
Thanks for your response.
I ask only for suggestions for some additional hardware.
For example, will the Oxygen 8 keyboard be suitable for that?
What else do I need to create really basic configuration?
Spend a few tens of $ is not a problem for me ;)

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Re: B&W with Echo Mia Midi and what else?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2018, 01:19:02 PM »
a non musician could probably have some major fun with 'Band In a Box'.... just 'type' in some chords, pick a style and you're on your way. ;D
I will try that as well ;)
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Re: B&W with Echo Mia Midi and what else?
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2018, 03:41:45 PM »

Safe Bet that "Echo" card sounds "good"
hmmm
any of those for cheap on ebay now?
being lazy not wanting yanking delta card rack out of machine
for throwing in 7600AV
what are the 1/4" jacks on that card?
used system with echo Layla card before recording synths
thinking that was before we had Paris System

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Re: B&W with Echo Mia Midi and what else?
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2018, 11:05:46 PM »
if its the original Oxygen 8 then yes it should work great!

i would reccommend all the great host apps that we have here

Steinberg Cubase 5 VST 32
Ableton Live 4.14
Emagic Logic 4.8x

Cubase via the "instant DAW" is probably your best starting point
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