A Good starting Station???

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A Good starting Station???

Post by virus975 » Wed May 13, 2009 9:55 am

Hi. I'm a relatively novice pianist (2 years), singer (long time), and an
experienced computer user. One thing I am not very knowledgable about,
however, is synthesizers. I want a synth that I can compose on (either with
or without a computer), that has piano-like action, 88 keys.
Budget is in the $1500 range. Is it possible to find something good
at this price? even if it is used ??
I already have a very cheap Yamaha PSR keyboard which I dislike because of its
extremely light action, fake-sounding instruments, and small amount of keys.
Is there a good piano for me in the $1500 range? I'm into Rock, Classical
Piano, Metal ,and melodic stuff :twisted:

Thanks a lot for your help,
Andrew

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Re: A Good starting Station???

Post by synthRodriguez » Wed May 13, 2009 12:05 pm

A Yamaha ES8 in good condition just went for $1700 on eBay. I doubt you'd outgrow that one.

Then there's the Roland Fantom's, the Korg Triton's, and the Kurzweil stuff. It depends on what you want to use it for and of course the sound. I've only played the Roland and Korg in the store, but they seemed geared more to live performance, especially the Fantom, and the Yamaha had the sound I was looking for so I went for it. People do b***h a lot about the user interface on the Yamaha which DOES have a big learning curve. I still have to break out the manual from time-to-time.

Perhaps the Roland and Korg users will weigh in, although the gear I'm talking about isn't vintage.

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Re: A Good starting Station???

Post by blitzdj86 » Wed May 13, 2009 5:48 pm

do you actually want a synthesiser, to make synthetic sounds?

or do you just want a good keyboard for realistic instruments?

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Re: A Good starting Station???

Post by virus975 » Wed May 13, 2009 7:41 pm

thanks guys for the replies

I've decided to buy one of these
1- Roland fantom x8
2- korg triton 88
3- korg m50 88

I'm more into the korgs due to the price but if I find a nice deal i will buy any one of them :D
and one last question which one of the above has the best KeyBed or the best feel when playing ??

thx alot :)

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Re: A Good starting Station???

Post by Gianni » Wed May 13, 2009 10:45 pm

Hey, just suggested Motif/ES/S-series on the other forums, but if it's just between those three now...

Just for the key action and better instrument sounds: Roland Fantom X. For expansion possibilities and a bit more personal preferences: Korg Triton + MOSS.

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Re: A Good starting Station???

Post by virus975 » Thu May 14, 2009 9:37 am

thank you

a lot of people advising me to buy a Motif Es so now I'm considering it and the new list s

1- Yamaha Motif
2- Kurzweil Pc3x (I know its complicated and its about $2400 but i like it)
3- korg m50 88
4- roland fantom x

all I need is a good piano sound, some good organs, and good strings.
the only problem is the budget :(

thank you all for your help

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