My name is Jason Aquilina. I’m 48 years old, with over 25 years experience as a semi-pro producer and DJ. A number of factors over the past 5 years has constrained me to quit the music business and return to music making as a hobby, which is no bad thing at all.
Over the last three years, I had amassed a number of hardware synths, as I can’t hack gawping at a monitor again, except for arrangement/mixdown applications. However, I do miss only one thing, and that is U-He’s Diva VSTi, which IMO is the best VSTi on the market. I miss it so much that, over the past few months, I’ve been scratching my head as to how to incorporate it within my setup as a standalone synth of sorts. After a bit of research, I seem to have whittled it down to three items: an Intel NUC, a touchscreen, and Cantabile to run Diva - all of which I’m relatively ignorant about.
And this is why I joined this forum, because I could do with all your collective expertise about such questions as which is the most silent NUC to buy, minimum but essential requirements in terms of what the NUC should be armed with, a touchscreen with enough points within for me to be able to manipulate Diva’s parameters by hand in the same way you would with an iPad, and, once I purchase the best version of Cantabile for the job, how to use it and get the best results for my specific task. No DAWs, FX or other bells and whistles (those will be handled via hardware) - just a setup that allows me to run a U-He synth or two within my small studio.
As much as I plead ignorance over the aforementioned points, and as much as I’ll admit that I’m not some power user despite my experience, I tend to join the dots eventually once I’m guided through this dense jungle, so I could do with a helping hand here. Please feel free to point me out to some links within this forum if these matters have been talked about before, and I’ll quietly work my way through without repeating the same requests by posting incessantly - I’d like to keep this forum as friendly and mellow as it seems to be!
So until then, thanks for your kind attention, and thank you for letting me in. I’m very confident that I can get some very good advice over here, and in the process achieve what I set to do in this very crazy time we’re in whilst building new friendships.
Take care everybody, and stay safe!
Jason Aquilina (a.k.a. Woody Aki)