i've got my Ion and Fantom about 5 feet apart. the keys on my Fantom are heavier and thicker, giving them a much more substantial feel.veer chasm wrote:I don't get the knock on it's keyboard action/feel, it plays great. Got mine on a trade recently. Best one I've made.
i think the problem is two-fold: the keys are shorter (about 1/4") than those of most any other "standard size" keybed. for me, this isn't that big of a deal (i have medium-length fingers), but others complain that the result is a cramped or unnatural feel. they're also thinner, and -- depending on which competitor you're comparing to -- considerably lighter weight, even for synth-action. this gives them a flimsy feel. both of these factors are surprising, as the QS synths have a heavier grade keybed and Alesis went to such great lengths to make pretty much every other aspect of the Ion heavy-duty and strong, from the knobs, buttons and wheels on the front panel to the hefty steel chassis itself.
not counting my mini-keys, the only item in my studio with lower-quality keys is my Oxygen 8, but only just barely.
now, having said all that, i think the action itself on the Ion is great; the keys come down and up fast and i've never had one go bad or otherwise fail to respond. but then, i'm not a keyboard player for the most part. still, during my hundreds of hours of noodling, i've never found much to complain about.