You had me until you mentioned aftertouch.
There were a few cheapo digital pianos and an 88 key controller from M-Audio that were semiweighted but I don't know if they're still on the market. None of them had aftertouch though.
Then again if you look at 76 key instruments you might get lucky. I remember my old Korg TR-76 was semiweighted with aftertouch.
Considering it's now about 15 years old you might find a used one for about $400 or $500 on ebay these days.
Thanks, Gary -
Yep, that's the killer: the aftertouch. I'm currently using an Alesis QS7 (76-key w/ aftertouch) as my upper keyboard, but I'm in the process of reconfiguring my rig and would really like the additional real estate of an 88-key unit. Hard to believe it's not a standard feature these days.
Depends on what you think of the action of the Compact 2X. If I really like something, I'm happy to pay a bit more, even if I won't be using everything the board offers. If it ticks all of your boxes, then I wouldn't worry about the 'overhead', not at this price point, anyway...I'd run across the Numa Compact 2x during my searches, and it looks like a contender. My problem with it is that I'd be paying a for all the guts of a synth when all I need is a MIDI controller. Since I do everything with software, the sound generating functions would be wasted and never used.
I already have the 76-key Alesis QS7, which has all the features I need except the 88 keys. I don't need to incorporate the inbuilt features because that just means another input at the PA and additional cabling. If I wanted to, I could use the QS7's synth capabilities, but I simply don't need it. All of my programming and I/O is done in Reason.Since you already have an Arturia Keylab why not stick with the brand and get a 61 key version, at least all the buttons and sliders will be in the same locations and probably set up with the same functions.
You could compromise, and get a Roland Juno DS 76 and actually learn and use the inbuilt features and functions which once set up can be called up very quickly and easily adjusted on the fly.
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