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Small-format board

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:26 pm
by BluMunk
I'm working on fine-tuning my live rig, and am looking to get a small keyboard to add to it. Basically, I'm looking for something that I can:
  • Carry easily under one arm
  • Place on top of a Rhodes, piano, table, amp, or any other relatively small, flat surface
  • Is polyphonic, and can provide its own internal synth sounds (I do not need it to be a ROMpler, though I'm not against that)
  • Has at least 3 octaves
  • Can serve as my only synth on those occasions when I play gigs with a house piano (and covering the synth part in "Just What I needed" won't cut it on piano), and
  • can serve as a second board for songs where I run out of board real-estate on my M3-61
I'm toying with the idea of finding a used Micron, but also am looking at the Ultranova. Are there any other suggestions out there that might fit the bill? I am pretty sure that I am not interested in the extra-short keys of the MicroKorg or MiniNova.

Re: Small-format board

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:58 pm
by Rick N Boogie
Waldorf Blofeld, or Virus TI Polar. These would both be extremely powerful and versatile "little" synths. I like both, but the Blofeld is 1/3 the price.

Re: Small-format board

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:10 am
by Stab Frenzy
Ultranova would be my choice, I gig with mine a lot and it's a great gigging board. It's very light but even though it's plastic it feels quite sturdy. The synth engine is very deep and programming it is a lot of fun. The keybed feels really nice as well, it's a step above other synths in the price range.

Re: Small-format board

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:06 pm
by BluMunk
Cool, thanks for the feedback. Rick N Boogie, I'd totally go for the Blofeld, but it's a little out of my budget for what I'm looking for (not to mention the Virus).

Ultranova it is . . . but first I'll wait and see what happens at Christmas . . . and then NAMM is just around the corner so maybe I should hold off until after that. But then it's only a few months until Musikmesse . . .



It's interesting to me that there aren't many boards in that $400-$600 dollar range; I would think that that would be a killer price point. Maybe the market just isn't big enough to sell enough cheaper boards to make it worth it. *shrug*

Re: Small-format board

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:33 pm
by Fatbenelton
If you are looking at the micron there is also ther Akai MiniAK which is basically the same synth but with a slightly improved interface (In my opinion anyway - a few more controls better pitch/mod wheels etc)

You can still get them new in some places although I think it was discontinued recently.

Re: Small-format board

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:17 pm
by winnebago
Stab Frenzy wrote:Ultranova would be my choice, I gig with mine a lot and it's a great gigging board. It's very light but even though it's plastic it feels quite sturdy. The synth engine is very deep and programming it is a lot of fun. The keybed feels really nice as well, it's a step above other synths in the price range.
I havnt ever gigged with mine but agree with all this, really awesome synth for its price.