March 15th, 2012, 11:54 AM
I am looking to get a keyboard MIDI controller to use with my Macbook Pro GarageBand, Line 6 UX2 recording set up. I however, would like the following requirements to be met:
1. 88-keys weighted for real piano feel. ( want to teach myself piano also, so this is a crucial feature)
2. A keyboard I could still take to gigs and use as a piano/keyboard for solo gigs. ( Also, important that it is not just a MIDI controller)
3. A decent brand, ie Yamaha, Roland, etc.
SO, what is everyone's suggestions?
March 16th, 2012, 11:22 AM
March 16th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Well...I'll bump you.
There are many choices out there to be sure.
Some are just controllers and some are more of the workstation approach with all the bells and whistles.
Me...I've always liked the Roland sounds in the old days but Yamaha was touted for the quality of the piano patches...subjectivity comes into play here.
I still use my now archaic Roland JV-30 but use outboard flat black boxes (modules) for the sounds/patches in my songs.
My modules are the Roland MBD-1, MVS-1 and the Proteus FX.
But...going that route requires a midi patch bay also.
I'm not much help in providing you a choice but I do understand you're dilemma in making an informed one.
I recalled a controller manufacturer called Fatar so came up with this link to get you started:
Hopefully others will chime in with some contemporary controller recommendations.
Good luck in your research....carry on.
March 16th, 2012, 12:25 PM
I'm not too educated about these things but I'll put in my $.02 worth. I've always liked the feel of the Korg Workstation weighted keys. I've had a couple of X3's and now have the predecessor, the O1/Wfd. I think the sounds are pretty good but to be honest I have not compared them to the Roland or Yamaha. The newer Korgs are Tritons, I'm not sure what model they are up to now.