[Harp-L] DM-48 impressions
Wed May 10 23:32:30 EDT 2017
1. Richard Hunter is correct that some of the issues I have with the DM-48
might not be issues for someone using different hardware and software in
their midi setups. And I'm not a complete novice to this sort of thing
either. I was, however new to REASON which is the only PC software
mentioned in the DM48 manual. I figured I go with their recommendation,
but I'm sure there there are plenty of other DAWs out there that would
work equally well or better.
2. Richard is also correct that making a harmonica "sound" like a guitar
involves a lot more than finding a good guitar synth patch. You'd need to
be intimately familiar with how a guitar is supposed to sound in terms of
realistic strum sounds and note selections and then you'd have to expert at
mimicking that on a harmonica. It's not even easy to make a midi
harmonica sound like a HARMONICA, so making it sound like a guitar is way
beyond anything I'd attempt. I'm happy if it just sounds like ME, which
I think my video demo does.
3. And Michael Rubin is correct that the DM-48 is pretty much "Plug & Play"
if you have Garageband, which is free software that runs on Mac, iPhone
and iPad. I tried it on an old iPad and it worked fine with no setup
necessary. But I think the sounds on REASON are a lot nicer. The iPad
sounds more like a toy. But its very convenient for mobile play and
practice. I even took mine to the beach today! For performance, the
manual recommends streaming from your iPhone or iPad to a Mac via network
midi and describes how to set that up.
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