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RE: Keyboard Help! | from DaveSep 19 2002 - 17:35

Wow! This is all stuff I never would've considered! Thank you for the great responses, Righty-O and Herrel! :D

RE: Keyboard Help! | from herrelSep 19 2002 - 16:38

i reckon theres much more important issues to address when buying a keyboard than the "octave span", you really need to sort out what sort of music she wants to make (and how much money you can spend) . if it's just for piano sounds then id reccomend weighted keys. Synthesisers are a lot more versatile then keyboards, but they require external amplification. would she want to arrange her music ? has she got a computer, cos if not then maybe a workstation synth with a built in sequencer like the korg triton is the way to go. If you have lots of money, maybe get a korg triton rack ( a box with no keyboard) and trigger it with a weighted action midi controller keyboard, though thats about £1500. if you want real harsh analogue sounds with lots of knobs then the nord leads are good. rolands are better for acoustic based samples. i've just bought a yamama cs2x as a compromise because it was cheapish (£379) and it could do most things and i liked it, though a lot of people think it's shit. if you havent got much money then maybe just buy something second hand. if it's her first keyboard then that might be the best thing to do to see if she has a feel for it and if she enjoys playing and then at a later date upgrade when she is talented enough to recognise the limitations of the instrument.

feel free to email me, cos i did a lot of research before i bought my synth but i think you should to. also everyone has different opinions on these things

as was mentioned above, if you get a cheap second hand keyboard then at least make sure it has full size touch responsive keys

RE: Keyboard Help! | from Righty-OSep 19 2002 - 09:28

Oh..and a pitch wheel..that's fun too.

RE: Keyboard Help! | from Righty-OSep 19 2002 - 09:27

I guess the pros and cons are relatively obvious. More keys=more notes. Less keys=more portablility. One piece of advice though, or maybe 2...don't be distracted by numerous tones some keyboards offer. Find one with really good piano textures or go analog so you can tweak the sounds. What sort of music are you looking ot play? Also you want pressure sensitive keys...and multi timbral ability. Plus make sure they're regular size piano keys..those dinky things start to get irriatating after a while.

Any ideas, anyone? | from DaveSep 18 2002 - 10:59

My fiancee is thinking of getting a keyboard before leaving Japan. She wants to learn how to play, and we're looking at keyboards to get. Could anyone please tell me the pros and cons of getting a 61-key keyboard? Or, how about a 73/76-key keyboard? I thought a 73/76 would be better, but she's leaning toward the 61.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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