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Question #41434 posted on 12/17/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

A little while ago I bought an 88 key midi controller to plug into my computer and I love it. I'm not too experienced with midi though. I've been using a program called reason, which is fantastic, but it has a lot of features I don't use right now, and makes my computer run pretty slowly. Basically, I'm looking for a program that will just let me play instrument patches so I can practice. I don't need to record or use a drum machine or add effects or any of that nonsense. Any ideas on good software to use for this? Thanks!

- Nobody's Little Weasel

A: Dear My Little Weasel,

I know that Creative Labs includes such software with their SoundBlaster Live! audio card drivers, but I doubt that it works with other hardware. You might look at the website of your audio card manufacturer (or computer vendor, if the previous is entirely unintelligible to you) to see if they have any downloads.

Other than that, I haven't been able to find anything. It seems that most MIDI software is designed to be more fully featured than that. If a single program is making your computer run that slowly, though, I might suggest that you purchase more RAM to put in your computer. It's amazing the difference that will make, and it's remarkably inexpensive.