MIDI Keyboard/Table?

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MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by ryryoftokyo » Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:59 am

So, this may sound crazy, but I'm looking for a MIDI controller with a large, flat surface that I could put desktop synths, FX pedals, etc on top of. Is this something that exists? I realize nothing has probably been made with this in mind, but I know there are things out there that match this description. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. A set of keys that sounds out MIDI data is all I require.

If this sounds stupid, how about some suggestions?
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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:18 am

Maybe a Korg CX3 and just using it for midi rather than organ? There's not much I can think of that fits the bill exactly.

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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by commodorejohn » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:38 am

The Roland JX-10 is a pretty playable 76-key keyboard with a fairly sizable amount of additional surface area, particularly if you don't mind covering the display. You're not going to get full-width rack modules on there comfortably, but you could get a couple small desktop modules and a few FX pedals without breaking a sweat. As a bonus, it also sounds pretty damn great.
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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by synthparts » Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:34 am

Korg DSS-1 has lots of room... :)
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Post by commodorejohn » Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:46 am

Haha yes, the DSS-1 is basically a desk with a keybed in it :D
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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by ryryoftokyo » Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:59 am

This is going to be a tough one. I'm putting things like Kaoss Pads, Mu-Tron pedals, Electribes, etc. The smallest thing by far is an MXR Phase 90, then from that, an Eventide Pitch Factor. Guessing I'll have to go the DIY route.
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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by adamstan » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:51 am

If you only need basic controller keyboard, check out Yamaha P-150 stage piano. It has large flat surface on top, and even pitch&mod wheels.
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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by 3rdConstruction » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:34 am

Kurzweil Midiboard has a nice wide flat top. It's got weighted keys, which may not be what you want for synth work. But it's also got poly AT.
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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by meatballfulton » Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:15 pm

Well, now you know why MIDI controlled racks were all the rage in the 80s and 90s ;)
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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by Walter Ego » Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:59 pm

Prophet T8. Huge flat surface on top. Plus you get a bonus synthesizer. All for only $3-4K.
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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by V301H » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:39 pm

Roland MKB-1000 and MKB-300 both have a good amount of real estate on top.
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Re: MIDI Keyboard/Table?

Post by max badwan » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:27 pm

I use a Korg T 1

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