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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

I have the Yamaha S03 on reco from someone here - bravo!

And I have a few Casios.

What I want now is a small-form factor synth, like the Korg, Waldorf, Arturia, Novation, even Alesis and Akai models.

My main use would be studio, to make pads (hopefully some decent string and organ patches) and the occasional synth-lead.

And I am a guitarist/bassist, with no interest in MIDI or programing, really, just simplicity and good sounds, cheap.

So, yer mission if you accept same is reco me such a synth, thanx.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

It's not the answer you want to hear but one of those M-Audio mini keyboard dealies into a spare laptop is the cheapest/most flexible/best sounding option (provided you've got a computer that can run VSTIs). I've got one that gets used all the time and there are so many good, free virtual synth out there that I haven't spent a penny beyond the $50 or so that I paid for the keyboard.
I've got a freebee sampler with most of the melotron sounds (plus a milion of my own tape loop based pads), virtual farfisa and vox organs, virtual Juno 106, and a ton of other odds and ends.
I know it's a little out of your comfort zone. Take the plunge. You won't be disappointed.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:59 am    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

Thanx for the thought but I have ruled that out for numerous reasons.

Like the lady-robot said, I want hardware.

I'm leaning toward the Novation stuff ...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

I've been enjoying the Yamaha Reface DX & CS. The CS is faux analog, easy to adjust & get cool sounds out of, no patch memory. The DX is an FM synth, which means there's a learning curve to programming, but it has patch memory--and there appear to be some patch collections on the internet. Programming is a little more accessible than on old FM synths, and the display screen is handy. Both run off batteries & have built in speakers. If you can find a good deal on a used one of either of these, you might enjoy. Plenty of youtub videos to check out if you want to get a sense of what they can do/how they work.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:13 am    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

Or, if you want to go through lots of presets until you find a cool sound, the Korg Microstation might be up your street. I've never used one, but it seems like your basic modern synth workstation in a scaled-down format.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

Yeah, I'm no keyboardist, I'm just looking to fill in some recordings, mebbe do a change up tune inna set if it come to that ...

I love the SO3 and it's patches - all I use are the organ and piano.

But sometimes it's a PITA to dig it out so I grab a li'l Casio what is better than not having the keys track when I need it, but doesn't sound as good as it should.

So I want something that's got some decent sound, and is small enuff to leave ready to go on top of a amp or hanging on the wall in my little bedio.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

Aiight, so when I make a little money, I spend it.

I bought a broken Arturia Microbrute for US$130 delivered offa the Ebog and fixed it in 10 minutes (some jammed keys). It's very cool, but very munch a synth, monophonic and tweaky.

I just ordered and await and think I'll love the MicroKorg ($US230 shipped).

In the meantime, tho', I picked up a Yamaha PSS380 for US$60 shipped and damn!, what a cool little toy. Great patches, some fun little rhythms for practice, and a built in synth that alters the patches.

Almost wish I had rec'd the Yama (it took 2.5 weeks for delivery) as I might not have ordered the Microkorg ...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:36 am    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

Microkorg is pretty cool, much fun for pads and mebbe I'll learn the sequencer. I've used it on a few songs now and it does a good synth thing, but not happy with the organic organ sounds ...

Aiight, 3 Casio's, a Yamaha S03, a Yamaha PSS380, a Microbrute and a Microkorg later ...


... It's the Yamaha Reface YC.

Just tookt delivery onnit (US$189 shipped) from a Reverb.com seller.

Freaking awesome for a organ - ahem - aficionado like me.

So much fun!

Thank you, winky dinglehoffer for the reco!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

I keep waiting for the refaces to get to that price. I have a real Yc-45d but it's huge and heavy..and awesome.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

I'd buy 'em all at that price; this was, of course used.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

I'm glad you're enjoying the reface--the DX, I've found, is a little bright and spitty at times, and it takes some work to overcome that. Nonetheless, it makes some great sounds and is about as easy to edit as any DX synth I've experienced (and that's quite a few.)
The CS is still a ridiculous amount of fun. It has some quirks (using pitch bend with the distortion on is a bit unpredictable), but I choose to think of those as features rather than bugs.

Maybe one day I'll pick up the CP or YC as well--both look quite cool.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

The YC has a very cool leslie thing, and the ability to process a external signal, what I might get to some day.

It's a blast to play, 4.5 pounds and the 3/4 keys are not a issue for Trump-fingered me.

I even like the red color; get drunk enuff and ya could pretend it's a Nord.

My only issue withit is - nothing. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

I've gotten a ton of use out of my microKorg for the things you mentioned.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Reco me a mini keyboard Reply with quote

Me, also, but it's kinda tweaky, and I haven't gotten better than a generic organ sound, altho' I like the synth sounds I have gotten.
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