alatham wrote:The problem here is that you're trying to make a multi-track recording using a soft-synth and that isn't possible in most cases.
Glad I read this post before buying a keyboard controller and a soft synth. I wanted to add some horns, strings, piano, etc. to some of my Audacity tracks, but looks like I would need more than just a keyboard controller and a soft synth to do this. To implement the solution posted here I would also have to buy a USB soundcard and externally powered speakers.
Is this a problem with Audacity in particular? Or will all multitrack programs (i.e. Cubase or Cakewalk) have the same problems listening to previously recorded tracks while trying to play and add new tracks from a keyboard controller/softsynth?
I see that puckthecat had problems using Ableton Lite and Cubase LT, but surely there has to be a more straightforward way to make multitrack recordings with a softsynth, otherwise what good is a softsynth? Does a softsynth basically turn your computer into a musical instrument that is no longer really supposed to be used for recording, unless you use the solution posted here? Don't many multi track programs work with soft synths and add ons that allow you to add horns, strings, pianos etc. to existing tracks without having to do all this?
P.S. Don't get me wrong, I'm not being critical here, I recognize that puck came up with a clever solution. But I'm guessing that puck already had the second sound card and externally powered speakers. I'm just wondering if this solution is unavoidable or if I could just invest in multi-track software that would allow me to use a keyboard/soft synth rather than buy a second sound card and externally powered speakers.