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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:30 pm    Post subject: entry level synth/midi controller? Reply with quote

Hi --
My wife has a birthday coming up, and has hinted that she'd like a keyboard/synthesizer. I haven't owned a keyboard in many years, and I'm pretty overwhelmed by the choices out there. Our music ranges from alt country to folk to psychedelic roots rock, so our needs are pretty basic. We're just hoping to add another subtle dimension to our music. Right now I'm leaning toward a midi controller, since a) they're cheap b) there's plenty of soft synths/vst stuff out there, and c) they're cheap. You get the idea -- price is a big factor. Probably wouldn't want to spend more than $300. Any other suggestions, or specific models you'd recommend? I found this thing on musicians friend: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/fg=42/g=key/search/detail/base_pid/705750/
It's kinda cute, and very compact. Any advice is appreciated.

Ken

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Fatar / Studiologic SL-161...61 full sized keys semi-weighted keys. $250. It's a good unit but kinda flimsy. The real plus side to it is the semi-weighted keys...they don't have piano action (which wouldn't be good on a synth) but it's not as dead feeling as a regular synth keyboard. When looking at smaller keyboards, realize that you're limiting the octaves you have access to...60 keys is only 5 octaves. Also consider that some smaller units have smaller keys which can be awkward to play on.

I am *not* a keyboard player...I just use it for screwing around. The way the keys feel is really the main thing I like about it.

Here's some reviews on harmony central....pretty mixed, and it looks like they're similar to mine....good action, cheap construction:
http://www.harmony-central.com/Synth/Data/Fatar/StudioLogic-SL-161-01.html

I'm not specifically recommending it, but add it to your list to consider.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Slack. Right now I'm leaning toward an Edirol pcr-30 or 50. They've gotten excellent reviews. Rock on.
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