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Isaac South

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Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:03:21 am »

Our church is getting a new sound system next week.  This is a huge change for us.  We've always only had amps on stage and used the mains for vocals and preacher mic.  Anyways, I can finally start using MainStage at church to run some cool sounds, or I may get the Keyscape for a nice piano sound.

I need help learning how to run sounds from my computer to my piano and to the house.

I want to be able to run MainStage or whatever program, via my Roland RD300.

I have midi cables.  I also have a scarlet 2i2, Radial Engineering Pro D2, Macbook, etc.  Basically, i have everything, i just don't know how to hook it up.  Can someone help me?  Thank you in advance.
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Jean-Pierre Coetzee

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Re: Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 01:31:20 am »

From midi out on the keyboard to midi in on the scarlet. From main L and R out on the scarlet to xlr in to the system.

No need for the DI the Scarlet's outputs are balanced just need to use TRS to XLR cables

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Re: Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 01:33:24 pm »

Where does the MacBook get connected?
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Jean-Pierre Coetzee

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Re: Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2017, 02:18:38 pm »

I though that was quite obvious. USB cable to the scarlet

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Re: Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2017, 02:32:29 pm »

The scarlett only has one usb input.  Not two, as you are suggesting.
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Re: Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2017, 02:38:05 pm »

I don't understand?

I only mentioned USB once...

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Re: Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2017, 02:42:17 pm »

OK I see what you are saying after looking at the Scarlett 2i2.

You want to go USB from the keyboard to the Mac for midi and USB from the Scarlett to the Mac for  audio. The rest is all the same.

Why did you mention midi cables which is 5-pin din?

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Re: Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2017, 09:56:12 pm »

I think you are misunderstanding him. Midi from Keyboard out to Scarlet (midi cable).. USB from Scarlet to USB on Mac. Keyboard does not connect directly to the Mac, only to the Scarlet. At least that is how I read it.
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Re: Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2017, 11:33:05 pm »

I think you are misunderstanding him. Midi from Keyboard out to Scarlet (midi cable).. USB from Scarlet to USB on Mac. Keyboard does not connect directly to the Mac, only to the Scarlet. At least that is how I read it.
This would be correct but the 2i2 doesn't have a Midi port only the larger ones do but the Roland has a USB Midi port hence the reason I posted a different methodology..

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Re: Setting Up Keyboard Rig
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2017, 08:41:07 pm »

Jean-Pierre is correct. You need two usb cables connected to the macbook. One being to the keyboard and one to the scarlet.
While you could use trs to xlr cables to connect to your system, personally I would use the DI as it adds a layer of protection allowing for isolation from phantom power and potential ground loops.
One suggestion for additional functionality is to pick up something like a korg nano-controller so you can have some physical buttons close to hand when playing. This will add another usb cable to connect to the mac so you may need a usb hub.
As you build up a collection of sounds (which you will) you may also need to consider placing your sample libraries on an external drive.



 
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