Studio Setup 5 shows a basic setup for those of you piano players out there who want to record keys and vocals.
The diagram below assumes the audio interface you are using has MIDI I/O (usually shown as 1/1 for 1 input, 1 output).
Of course you don't have to use the MIDI capability, but as a piano player myself I can promise you that MIDI can make a huge difference in your productivity.
Using the audio interface's software based mixer eliminates the need for a physical mixing console in this home studio setup, making this a very quick and affordable solution.
If you already have a computer to use as a DAW and a keyboard at your disposal, you can assemble this basic home studio setup for peanuts.
Notice that the synthesizer below is shown to have both MIDI and line level outputs connected to the audio interface.
This will depend of course on what type of synthesizer you have, but it's meant to show my recommended setup.
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