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November 28, 2007 10:20 AM   Subscribe

Help me find a keyboard/synth with these specifications.

I am looking for a used keyboard/synth with the following specifications: 1) 61 keys or more, 2) weighted/aftertouch keys, 3) MIDI in/out (ability to act soley as a MIDI controller), 4) no internal speakers, 5) decent internal piano patch(es) similar to the Yamaha Motif series heard here 6) under $500 (eBay/used).
posted by inoculatedcities to Shopping (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: I should also note that I don't want/need an internal sequencer or any effects. The ability to load samples directly into the ROM of the synth would be a plus though.
posted by inoculatedcities at 10:24 AM on November 28, 2007

Does it need to be all one unit? You could do a cheap AKAI sampler and a MIDI controller with no internal tone generator, and buy a nice set of piano samples.
posted by mkb at 11:10 AM on November 28, 2007

Response by poster: I could buy a controller and an outboard samplers but I suspect that might prove to be more expensive than just buying a used synth with the specifications I listed above. I don't know much about hardware samplers (how cheap is cheap?), but it's something I will look into.
posted by inoculatedcities at 11:38 AM on November 28, 2007

Look for a Alesis QS8 or QS8.1. They have 88 weighted keys with aftertouch, MIDI in/out and no speakers.

I see a few on Craiglist around and under the $500 price point. The Alesis QS series have decent piano sounds-- and if the internal ones don't work for you, they can use samples loaded on PC cards.

The newest model in the series, the QS 8.2 does not have aftertouch, according to reviews, so it may not quite meet your needs.
posted by andrewraff at 12:09 PM on November 28, 2007

Casio PX110 Privia Digital Piano. I haven't heard the sounds, so can't vouch, but otherwise it meets your criteria. $500 new.

Also, you may get better matches in this case by using the search term "digital piano" rather than "keyboard/synth".
posted by alb at 12:16 PM on November 28, 2007

Seconding alb above. Sounds like what you are looking for is a digital piano (or stage piano).

The cheapest acceptable (pianist speaking here) products in terms of touch & sound would be Korg SP-200 and Yamaha P-70. The Korg has a lighter feel and more rugged case, whilst the Yamaha is a bit more punishing on the fingers but has a more "classical" piano sound.

New they'd be around 600-800 dollars (guessing from Pounds Sterling) but used ones might match the budget.

Also, a cheap used Yamaha Clavinova (CLP-300 or similar) could do the trick... again acceptable touch & sound.

Hope this helps... (and if possible avoid that Casio mentioned above, it sounds hellish...)
posted by yoHighness at 2:04 PM on November 28, 2007

Sorry, forgot to mention that Yamaha P-70 comes with speakers (and outputs).

If you told us a bit about how you are planning to use it, maybe you could get more specific recommendations...
posted by yoHighness at 2:07 PM on November 28, 2007

Response by poster: Thanks for the suggestions. What I plan on using it for is improving my piano playing, and for my own entertainment. I would like the digital piano/synth to also double as a controller when I am working on my own music with a software host/sequencer. The P-70 certainly looks like it might be the best option.
posted by inoculatedcities at 7:10 AM on November 29, 2007

Response by poster: Is there anything like the P70 in terms of sound quality and price that has a 1/4" output? It's a major drawback that the P70 only has a headphone jack.
posted by inoculatedcities at 8:10 AM on November 29, 2007

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