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SlickShoes
09-06-2007, 06:01 AM
Hi, Does anyone use either of these? I have reason 3 currently but constructing songs is becoming painstaking as it only supports midi keyboards and i have to map every single note. This is annoying me now, anyway i heard that logic will work with qwerty keyboards? Is logic express worth buying, i make music in my spare time and its not a full on career so id rather not spend £700 on logic pro?

Any advice for me?

boknows
09-11-2007, 12:28 AM
well that way of production is pretty slow and hampers your creativity, I would buy a midi keyboard or go with logic express. I use logic pro and it does everything i need

SlickShoes
09-11-2007, 05:57 AM
i know its slow but i dont have the room for the midi keyboard anymore so thats why i want to use the virtual one, i dont mind taking my time with it anyway!

knightlie
09-11-2007, 07:08 AM
Can't you get a small two-octave keyboard, like the M-Audio O2?

SlickShoes
09-11-2007, 10:56 AM
i could yes but it makes it all the more uncomfortabel trying to do this sitting on the couch, i dont have room anywhere for a desk so all my computing is done there, its annoying i knwo but thats what you get when house prices are as horrific as they are here!

Doggabone
02-07-2008, 03:13 PM
This is extremely handy, either when your away from your keyboard set-up, or limited for desk space, or (as I often am) working in a mix/engineer mode with those devices set-up and want to quickly enter simple passages. I do a lot using the QWERTY keys and a little piano-roll editing in other apps. I'm new to Logic, though, and I was wondering if this was built in when I Google'd and found this thread (and forum)

Anyway, I figured this old question deserved an answer when I saw it, and I copied this from the Logic Express 8 User Manual. You can grab the PDF from http://www.apple.com/support/manuals/logicexpress/.



Using the Caps Lock Keyboard

The Caps Lock Keyboard enables you to use the computer keyboard as a real time virtual MIDI keyboard. It can also be used for MIDI Step Input. This makes it ideal for situations where no external MIDI or USB keyboard is available, such as when travelling with your portable Macintosh computer.
The Caps Lock Keyboard spans more than ten octaves, and even includes support for sustain and velocity information.

To enable the Caps Lock Keyboard:

Press the Caps Lock key on your computer keyboard.
An illuminated Caps Lock LED indicates that it is active.
It goes without saying that many keys will have different functions, overriding their usual key command assignments, while in this mode.
This is the English version of the Caps Lock Keyboard—other language versions will appear, dependent on your Mac OS X Keyboard setting.

The Escape key sends an All Notes Off command, should you encounter hanging notes.

The numeric keys (above the QWERTY keyboard) are used to define the octave for the MIDI keyboard.

The two rows below the numeric keys function as counterparts for MIDI keyboard keys, starting with the note C, assigned to the alphabetical A key (or Q, as would be the case if using a French keyboard, for example).

Wherever you are, SlickShoes, I hope you figured this out (or that you notice there's an answer here!).

Cheers.

SlickShoes
03-01-2008, 05:29 PM
This is extremely handy, either when your away from your keyboard set-up, or limited for desk space, or (as I often am) working in a mix/engineer mode with those devices set-up and want to quickly enter simple passages. I do a lot using the QWERTY keys and a little piano-roll editing in other apps. I'm new to Logic, though, and I was wondering if this was built in when I Google'd and found this thread (and forum)

Anyway, I figured this old question deserved an answer when I saw it, and I copied this from the Logic Express 8 User Manual. You can grab the PDF from http://www.apple.com/support/manuals/logicexpress/.




Wherever you are, SlickShoes, I hope you figured this out (or that you notice there's an answer here!).

Cheers.

Thanks! i just found your reply by googling the question again and it turned up my own thread! amazing! anyway it sounds very promising, i had 6 months of the whole music thing due to money problems and not being able to afford logic, however now i can!

Im going to get logic for my macbook and use the CAPS lock keyboard seems like my best option with no desk space at all to work with a midi keyboard!

I will report back how i get on!

Thanks again!

Doggabone
03-02-2008, 02:37 PM
Yer welcome. I was actually using this very recently - I got an e-mail from someone who I used to work with at a studio. He needed some short short musical stings - sound effects, really, they were so short. While we were swapping small files and chatting in IM, I was using the CAPS LOCK key entry to jot in three and four note passages. It was just *that* much quicker to keep the QWERTY keyboard front and center while I was writing, then chatting, and so on as I flipped through different tasks and programs.