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56 CHAPTER 1 Setting up your Creative Environment: The Studio need every device you see on the blueprint, and this will allow you to focus on the pieces of equipment you really need. One of the most common mistakes is spending most of the budget on one device (e.g., the computer) and then not having enough money to buy a MIDI interface, which makes the studio unus- able. Therefore, be careful when planning and balancing your budget and the equipment. Remember that your final goal is to have a fully functional, versatile and, as much as possible, trouble-free working environment so that you can focus on the creative process of writing music. 1.9 SuMMArY In this first chapter you learned how to prepare and set up a working environment for music produc- tions. The devices in the studio fall mainly into three categories of equipment: MIDI/electronic instru- ments, sound/audio equipment, and the computer. Two main path signals connect your devices: the MIDI network and the audio network. The former uses five-pin DIN MIDI cables to connect all the MIDI- equipped devices through built-in MIDI interfaces. Each device has an IN, an OUT and, on most devices, a THRU port. The computer needs an external or a PCI internal MIDI interface to be able to connect to the MIDI network. This interface can be a single cable (meaning with one set of IN and OUT only) or multiple cables (meaning with multiple sets of INs and OUTs). If you have the latter, then yours is a much more advanced studio that allows you to connect your MIDI devices in parallel (Star Network), reducing the transmission delay to a minimum and taking advantage of all 16 channels available on every