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My mbp specs are up to date on the left. I have the SL upgrade. I would like to find a good musical keyboard to use with my garage band. I already checked out the M-Audio Keystation 61es which Other world Computing told me does not have a microphone jack, is not compatible with SL. I also looked at the 88es as well.

I would like a keyboard that has a Microphone jack and is compatible with SL. 61 keys it nice, 88 is better. I'm not a professional musician, but I am a musician LOL! I would like to be able to play and compose and am very curious about garage band. I am comfortable with technology and pick things up real fast.

So if one of you fine members here could point me in the direction of this It would be great!

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Um..what is SL (Snow Leopard)...???.no prob... As for a keyboard with a microphone jack - you will need to get a controller keyboard (I assume you will be using a VST program/garageband is fine) and get a audio interface which will have a mic jack.

This is a decent interface which will do you good:
M Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio Interface at AmericanMusical.com


Forget OWC for musical/MIDI....go to AmercianMusical.com...I have bought alot from them and they are great!
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Why do you want a mircophone jack on the the keyboard itself?

What will you use it for?

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
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Um..what is SL (Snow Leopard)...???.no prob... As for a keyboard with a microphone jack - you will need to get a controller keyboard (I assume you will be using a VST program/garageband is fine) and get a audio interface which will have a mic jack.

This is a decent interface which will do you good:
M Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio Interface at AmericanMusical.com


Forget OWC for musical/MIDI....go to AmercianMusical.com...I have bought alot from them and they are great!
Yes that looks real nice!
And I'm going to get started with garageband, I have never used it before and want to see how it is.

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Why do you want a mircophone jack on the the keyboard itself?

What will you use it for?
I was hoping to get away with one piece of equipment. I wasn't even sure if there was a keyboard out there like that.

I sing too and would like to do recordings on my mac.
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Make sure you keyboard controller has a MIDI in/out...which most of them do. You will need a MIDI cable which usually comes with the keyboard..
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I went over to read the M-Audio forums and someone there told me the Keystation 61es

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There is no need to instal any driver to use it. It is class compliant device. It will work for sure
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Have you heard of the Behringer UMX61 61-Key MIDI Controller?

I can't find any recent reviews on it.
If anybody has any input that would be great

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Can you tell me if this is a workable solution:

I still have a complete bootable image of my osx 10.5 install.
If I put the 2.5" drive into an external firewire case and then just boot to this drive when I want to use a non snow leopard supported device (until there is support for sl) will it work?

It sounds to me like it will since its just a different boot drive.

This would be a temporary work around.

There are not too many midi controller keyboards out there in my price range that seem to be any good or are Snow Leopard compatible.
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Here is some info on M-Audio and SNow Leopard Support:

M-AUDIO - Knowledge Base



I would call M-Audio and ask/verify which MIDI Keyboard controllers & Audio Interfaces are compatable with snow leopard which I believe they are...
Mac do not require drivers for most hardware unlike that awful Windows OS

M-Audio is the way to go....stay away from Behringer



THere are a couple of M-Audio keyboards with audio interfaces/mic jacks (all in 1):

M-AUDIO - KeyStudio 49i - Keyboard-based Music Production System

M-AUDIO - ProKeys Sono 61 - 61-Key Portable Digital Piano with USB Audio Interface

M-AUDIO - ProKeys Sono 88 - 88-Key Portable Digital Piano with USB Audio Interface



However I would recommend a separate audio interface and keyboard controller....
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I will probably stay away from the kb with a mic input, my brother told me for now I could get a decent mic and get an adapter for my mbp mic input. This way I can focus on the kb and get a separate controller for the mic later.

Im going to read the links you posted now, thanks!
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Update

A couple of weeks ago I received my M-Audio Keystation 61es is works perfectly good with Snow Leopard and Garageband. I love it, the keys feel good and I am very comfortable with it.

Thanks for all of the input, I love this forum it has truly helped to make my Mac experience the best!
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Good to hear. M-Audio is a good company and you should have a great time making music. Best of luck to all your musical endeavors.

Macs rule the galaxy for musical applications so you picked the right computer for music!
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Macs rule the galaxy for musical applications so you picked the right computer for music!
I am seeing this for sure!!! Having a ball and waiting for my USB condensor microphone to arrive. I have already done a first project and had a great time was able to use my keyboard to be many different instruments as well as doing all my own vocal tracks. I love my mac and its versatility! I dont know what the heck took me so long to migrate I should have done it years ago!

It's funny both my bf and I are pc techs and he is also a network tech. He does not want me talking to his customers LOL
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