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Home Studio Setups: MIDI-Intensive

The MIDI-intensive home studio setup has numerous MIDI devices hooked up to a mixer and a microphone occasionally plugged in to record vocals. The system shown in the illustration features a computer running audio and sequencing software as well as an audio and MIDI interface.

The mixer is housed within the software program. All your instrument and microphone audio outputs are plugged into the audio inputs of the interface, and the MIDI connections are made using the MIDI input and output jacks.

A home recording system centered around MIDI. Rarely are instruments recorded live.
A home recording system centered around MIDI. Rarely are instruments recorded live.

The diagram shows both MIDI input and output connections on all the sound modules and synthesizers. This allows two-way communication between the MIDI controller (located in the computer) and the instruments, which gives you more flexibility with sequencing.

Because all routing is done within the computer, you don’t need as many cords as you would with a stand-alone system.

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