I ask because I'm an "old school" type (using hardware synths from the 80s/90s) but having been away from the music scene for the past 10-15 years I need some help getting updated. I need something to play my hardware MIDI modules but am also ready to get into the world of DAWs, first and foremost used as a digital multitrack studio. I'm not so sure about using softsynths though I'm ready to explore soft-samplers instead of relying on old floppy-disk based hardware samplers.
So, back in the days you had your Yamaha KX-88/KX-76/KX-1/KX-5, Roland MKB-100/MKB-300/MKB-100/Axis etc. I have no personal experience with either, but would like to replace two of my 80s MIDI keyboard synths with a quality master keyboard controller. Looking at what's available today it seems they're all cheap looking, flimsy, plasticky music toys, but from what I understand they have USB and more upto date controller features than what was available in that other time period. What those features exactly are and if I need them is another question...
So, should I go for a second hand master keyboard from that period or bite the bullet and get one of those cheapo looking keyboards readily available? The features I know I need are:
- 61 keys (76 or 88 would do as well though 61 should suffice
- Synth action (I'm not used to playing pianos)
- Quality keybed, nice firm action, quiet mechanically
- Preferrably with an AC input (I hate those AC adapter wall-warts which suck power all the time)