Don't buy the cheap ones then. if crisp keyboard action is what you're after it's probably not the best idea to look for vintage gearbvc wrote:I find all the dedicated MIDI controller keyboards out there very cheap and not conducive to playing as a musical instrument.
Not really. Software vs hardware is not really that much of an issue. I think a virus TI VST would sound the same as that overpriced box of DSP processors does.bvc wrote:I personally feel that software synths can do anything hardware synths can do, in theory. The appreciation of old analog synths is akin to vinyl enthusiasts who say records sound better. They don't, but people like what they're familiar with. (This isn't to say analog synths don't sound as good as software synths, just that they don't necessarily sound "better," as that's subjective).
Digital vs analogue. Eh it's up in the air, there are certain things for sure you'll notice on digital synths like stepping, Aliasing on the LFO once it hits audio ranges, and yeah the sound is different. Whether or not that's an issue to you is different thing, most listeners won't tell or care really but if something works for you I don't see the issue. For me I like working digitally and I just don't have the space to own anything other than my 88 key controller right now ever since I moved. Let alone have anything set up and ready to go.
The answer really lies in how you work. If you don't ever use sequencers I don't see much of a reason why hardware would at all be inferior in speed/workflow to a DAW.
bvc wrote: The appreciation of old analog synths is akin to vinyl enthusiasts who say records sound better.
this analogy is awful btw.