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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    Whether a board can take 8 or 16 channels is immaterial if the synth only has a L + R output.

    I'm saying, that as a MIDI device, keyboards are limited in that way. While in Electronica, they may need an audio out for each MIDI voice
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    I have a MIDIsport 4X4 interface to connect from my Casio WK3700 to my computer. As its name suggests, it will accept four MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs. I have the QWS sequencer (available from QWS.com) for recording my MIDI playing. Since you are satisfied with the sounds in your keyboard, you wouldn't need another "sound box" - whether hardware or software. My reasons for liking QWS is that it is freeware (donations probably accepted) and it is extremely accessible to a blind musician (I am totally blind). It happens that I found a Roland SC88 which I use for most of my sounds, though I also use sounds from my Casio. I run both audio outputs into a mixer so that I can play with their levels and EQs a bit as I make my recordings (I love to record a one-man band with my equipment). Hope this information gives you at least a few ideas to investigate. I bought my MidiSport from Sweetwater Music, though I am sure you can get it from several different dealers. I went ahead and bought the 4-channel interface simply to allow for a bit of expansion, should I decide to add another device later.

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    Actually, it IS possible to do what OP wants, BUT

    The BIG problem is that OP will need 16 PRS-5910 keyboards, which I suspect is quite impractical, and the keyboard system must allow each keyboard to RECEIVE midi data on one channel ONLY.

    Just to clarify for the sake of OP, the problem is the fact that you want to use the PRS sounds, BUT once the midi data is changed into audio data, there is no longer any indication as to which sound relates to which channel, so no way to put, say, guitar onto one track, and, say, keyboard onto another track. Using the 16 keyboards allows the data to be split by channel BEFORE the data is transformed from MIDI to AUDIO.

    Maybe, you could use 8 keyboards, if each could handle two channels (left and right), and assign a separate instrument to each channel.

    Using some sort of intermediate unit to split the MIDI data would not help, as you would then lose the Yamaha sounds that you indicated you want to keep.

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    I already explained exactly how to do this close enough that reading the manuals for your specific gear would get you the rest of the way. Not that I would mind clarifying some if you had specific questions on one of the steps.

    Yes, to get them all at the same time you would need a lot of those keyboards AND a lot of inputs on your interface AND...

    You could do them one at a time. Takes longer, but it's the best you can do. You might find that you can get away with "submixes" if maybe you don't really need individual control between some group of voices, and you can just grab them all on one stereo track.

    It really comes down to how badly you want it, and very quickly starts to beg the question "Why?" Like, what are you hoping to achieve here that you can't accomplish at the keyboard itself and just record the stereo mix?

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    Well, I don't think it is all that often anyone wants the onboard sounds. I was devastated when I found out Jan Hammer was in the box for decades : ) I wouldn't think there is anything close to traumatic about doing two tracks at a time. The take away from Tomita is plan ahead. I can do, maybe, 12/14-tracks at once

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