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    Quote Originally Posted by lost_in_java View Post
    I'm not sure I'm being clear...maybe it's because what I'm suggesting can't be done.

    The idea is to buy two pieces of equipment:

    1) Low cost 61 key midi controller (call this a disposable item - something like the M-Audio Keystation 61 - which is about $160).
    2) A high quality portable synth (small, but functional - it can be a desktop synth). This can have no keyboard or just two octaves. The keyboard on this synth is not relevant.

    So, I'd use the midi controller as the keyboard for the high quality synth. Everything would plug into my MacBook Pro. If I were to move to another country - the high quality synth would move with me and the mini controller would find the trash can. Can this be done and any recommendations for the portable synth? I suggested a Micro Korg MK-1 - but after reading some reviews, I'm not sure that is the best option.

    Thoughts? Sorry if this is confusing.
    I think what you are looking for is a sound module. Like this:Roland JP-08 Synthesizer Module | Sweetwater

    Sorry man, I finally think I got it.
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    Yes. That's exactly what I'm looking for.

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    Ok. Next question...

    Let's say I were to buy something like that JP-08 synth along with a cheap keyboard controller like the M Audio Keystation 61. Would I need anything other than cables to connect the controller to the synth and then to my laptop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lost_in_java View Post
    Ok. Next question...

    Let's say I were to buy something like that JP-08 synth along with a cheap keyboard controller like the M Audio Keystation 61. Would I need anything other than cables to connect the controller to the synth and then to my laptop?
    Not as far as I can see, the JP-08 is said to be an 'Audio Interface' so its internal sounds will presumably go to a PC via USB. You would seem to just need a 5 pin DIN cable from Keystation to Roland and USB for both although I am sure the M-A kbd will run from a power adaptor? Never know they might even supply one! Ah! They don't (cheap b'stds!) you would need 9V at 200mA CENTRE + so beware of gash git' pedal supplies!

    Dave.

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