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Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Poll)

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:30 pm
by Mr. DiSco
Let's pretend you have to choose a main board that'll serve to play every sound you have, one midi controller. Do you prefer having the piano-like action to play your pianos well or have a synth action to play quick synths?

The goal of this poll is not to determine wether you prefer pianos or synths and which one is the most important to you. The goal is to determine which one Is the most polyvalent and useable for both types of sounds.

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:03 am
by cornutt
I learned on synth, and piano keyboards feel slow and heavy to me. Give me a synth-weighted keyboard every time.

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:22 am
by Automatic Gainsay
Are you INSANE?

Why would either have either's action? Oh my GOD, this is INSANE.

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:33 am
by TheKeytarist
Automatic Gainsay wrote:Are you INSANE?

Why would either have either's action? Oh my GOD, this is INSANE.
Well, there was the SCI Prophet T8...

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:47 am
by visceralvoids
If we're talking about playing classical style sounds on hammered vs. synth style keybeds (as I assume)
then I fully agree with cornutt

When it's a question of feel, comfort, budget which it really is too alot of the time when choosing a main controller, for live and jam use? Synth-action by a mile. I always liked Roland keybeds for example

I don't miss hammered keybeds BUT it's all subjective anyway.
I wouldn't mind hammered style either you know what I mean but they are on alot of pricey synths.
Although you can get a Williams Allegro digital piano $300 that has 88 keyed hammer action for a MIDI controller plus 8 bread and butter sounds like organ and strings. heh a Prophet T8 will always look nice too

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:21 pm
by gearfixer
I can not stand playing organ or synth on weighted keys but piano on synth keys is a lot more acceptable to me.

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:01 pm
by madtheory
Automatic Gainsay wrote:Are you INSANE?

Why would either have either's action? Oh my GOD, this is INSANE.
Agreed. Even crazier is "...choose a main board that'll serve to play every sound you have..." which you then contradict, and what the h**l does "polyvalent" have to do with it?

FWIW I prefer weighted action for everything- more dynamic range because you've something to push against. However there is the problem that a lot of real pianos have excessively stiff keys due to expansion of wood, so some people's idea of "weighted" is actually OTT.

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:43 am
by Dr. Phibes
If I only had one master keyboard it would need to be hammered-action as I would not enjoy practicing piano otherwise. Using it to play a synth doesn't bother me either.

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:26 am
by Gianni
Hammered Action, on everything, all the time.

I try to control everything from my master 88 keys.

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:32 pm
by meatballfulton
I took organ lessons as a young whippersnapper, never piano lessons. So I've always prefered unweighted actions.

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:11 pm
by CS_TBL
synth action

Though I've had piano lessons for ten years, most of the stuff I play today is not Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto. More the light/pop/film/romantic stuff.. don't need hammers for that.. just gentle strokes.. :P

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:40 pm
by cryabetes
hammer action if I have to control volume through velocity. If I can just as easily plug in a volume pedal, synth action.

Re: Pianos on synth-action or Synths on hammered-action? (Po

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:52 pm
by Hair
I find that I only like hammer action on real acoustic pianos and electromechanical keyboards (rhodes etc) - never played a "weighted action keybed" or whatever that really clicked with me, something about the feeling of manipulating moving parts to make sounds is awesome to me

this could also be because I never have the chance to play on a perfectly set-up piano, so I'm used to quirky imperfections that give the instrument a unique physical character (and I'm nowhere near a good enough player to be frustrated by it haha)