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#363152 - 03/14/13 12:26 PM New to software based arranger - need direction
VTRMan Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/24/13
Posts: 2
Loc: M3 corridor
Hi all,

New to all of this, have a Micro-arranger and psr1500 and would like to "try" a computer based solution to feed the ever present upgrade bug and drive for better sound etc. I'm newish to keyboards and only play for myself and close family.

So all I want is Tyros 4/Wersi/Ketron/pa3x in a small PC laugh
...and if I could change styles and lead parts at the touch of a button, great.

Perhaps the bar is too high, anything computers means hours of messing about but the reward should be discernible.

I need to read more but could anyone give me the basic configuration from which I can build from please. Many of the posts I read I don't understand as I don't have the basics to start from. Using Franks basic configuration, will someone please explain each item and what is needed for a starter configuration - many thanks Brian.

Franks system:
The basic system consist of:

Windows 7.(64 bit?)
Live-Styler (mostly), vArranger & OMB.
Abeleton Live includes effects (replaces forte as host).
Kontakt 5 Sampler for Main or Right Hand Sounds.

Main or Right Hand VST Sounds:
NI Kontakt 5, Bardstown, VRSound, GOP, JABB, Garritan Strings, and many others.

Auto Accompaniment Wavetables:
Halion 1.6, Bandstand, SGM 2.01, Colossus (General Midi, XG, GS, etc.)

Antares Harmony EFX

i7 Intel Processor
M-Audio 1010LT Soundcard

Roland A37 controller keyboard

#363342 - 03/17/13 11:23 AM Re: New to software based arranger - need direction [Re: VTRMan]
Frank L. Rosenthal Offline
Senior Member

Registered: 03/18/00
Posts: 1008
VTRMan, if you are looking for a relatively straight forward system you could start with:

Live-Styler (or Plus) and their DVD of sounds.

OMB with a VST of sounds, e.g., SGM 201 soundfonts, etc.

vArranger with a sound module (hardware) or a VST of sounds.

You also will need a controller keyboard of sorts. Something where you can also program your fills, breaks, start, stop and so on.

If you are going total software you need a good/fast PC with suitable hard drives (7200 rpm, 5mb cache etc.)

My system is a little more complex but it sounds good and is reliable.

Frank L. Rosenthal

#363382 - 03/18/13 11:58 AM Re: New to software based arranger - need direction [Re: Frank L. Rosenthal]
VTRMan Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/24/13
Posts: 2
Loc: M3 corridor
Thanks Frank,

I'll dip my toe in with OMB and SGM-v2.01.7 or maybe Live-Styler and SGM, not sure if this is compatible?

But I'll keep the initial cost low to take the first few steps and then look at a new PC etc.



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