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Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by Burnt Ernie » Thu Dec 10, 2020 1:47 pm

Hey all! Trying to source a versatile midi keyboard with usable Wurly/Rhodes/B3/synth sounds. I'll be running that through amps/preamps/processing to get suitable dirt/vibe. Zombies/Stranglers/Sonics/Stranglers/60's.
I'll also be using it with my DAW and soft synths,etc. I'm primarily a guitarist/bassist/drummer,so Bang for the Buck (Sounds/Cheap) is most important,and it's gotta have close to full size keys,as I have large hands,and will probable be beating on it with my right hand,while holding a guitar neck with my right. A simple easy to use menu would be nice as well,as I am a Midiot. Already looked at Roland GoKeys,gonna check out a Korg Krome ex over the weekend. There's a used Alesis QS8.1 in town,but i seem to remember navigating sounds on those was a pain in the ass.
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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by Burnt Ernie » Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:14 pm

Lemme self-edit. Playing keys with right hand,whilst gently cradling guitar neck with my left. Cheers!
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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by markjazzbassist » Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:15 pm

budget?

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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by The Scum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:33 pm

For the sort of sounds you mention, stuff in the "stage piano" realm is probably a good fit.

Do you need waterfall keys?

The Korg SV-1 and its kin come to mind. Easy to use, sound pretty convincing, looks a bit like a Polymoog. Not sure how the Roland equivalents stack up.

The Yamaha Reface things are kinda in the ballpark, but mini keys.

And, of course, the king in the category is probably the Nord Electro...

A real Wurli/Vox/Farf might actually be less expensive, and bypass that pesky MIDI stuff, anyways.
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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by kslight » Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:34 am

Realistically, most any workstation from the past 15+ years probably has passable sounds.

You can get a Korg Triton for almost nothing. Emu Vintage Keys. Alesis Fusion. Nord Electro. Korg SV1.

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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by Rodgre » Mon Dec 14, 2020 6:49 am

I second the Triton.

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Post by vvv » Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:57 am

Someone here some time ago reco'd the Yamaha S2.

I bought one, and it's pretty cool.

It has MIDI, I think, but that is not something I can say for sure as I don't use MIDI.
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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by Rodgre » Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:34 am

vvv wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:57 am
Someone here some time ago reco'd the Yamaha S2.

I bought one, and it's pretty cool.

It has MIDI, I think, but that is not something I can say for sure as I don't use MIDI.
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Post by vvv » Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:39 pm

:oops:

Yamaha S03

It's just that I've been mostly using the Reface YC mostly, and a cheap Casio for rarely needed piano. (I have a keys player, see.)
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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by Burnt Ernie » Sun Dec 20, 2020 3:37 pm

Might be simpler for me to chop down a Hammond M3.
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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by winky dinglehoffer » Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:49 pm

Maybe worth a look is the Yamaha CS6X--and I say this partly because there's one on craigslist in your neck of the woods. Nice selection of sounds, somewhat limited but nonetheless useful knobbiness on the panel, can be expanded with various sound cards. Arpeggiator, which IIRC transmits over midi (not all do). If it were me, I'd probably try to talk the guy down on his price a bit--I've seen them cheaper.

Much lighter than a Hammond M3 too.

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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by Burnt Ernie » Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:59 am

Intrigued-Down the wormhole I go. It's in town! Just bought my dream bass saturday. Here we go!
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Re: Affordable "Vintage " Midi key/synth

Post by Burnt Ernie » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:01 am

Arpeggiator would be a bonus-I loved that on my Juno 60-Instant ELO.
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