Replacement for Dead Kurzweil Mark 10


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Hello all! I've lurked on this site for a long time but have never signed up and posted. I've owned a Kurzweil Mark 10 since the early 90's and it finally died. More and more buttons stopped working over the years, more keys became squeaky, and last night it passed away peacefully in its sleep, never to turn on again.

I've loved this keyboard with all my heart since I was a kid. I loved the solid build, the heavy sturdy built-in legs, the powerful built in amp and speakers that could shake the house, and the ability to record layer upon layer in the different song/track banks, with auto accompaniment and awesome voices.

I'm looking for a used or new if I have to keyboard that has these same features. I finding either the solid body with great sound and amp built in OR i find all the voices/accompaniments and recording ability but I'm having a hard time finding the whole package.

What would you suggest?? Thank you so much in advance for any advice!

-David
 
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David, your sad loss brings a tear to my eye. RIP kurzwell mk 10.

Now you need to get a grip! You are torn between sentimental and pratical. You have to decide whether to go sentimental and take the advice from delaware dave as above or go pratical and buy a newer model.

Make a decision and stick with it and either way you wil continue with the joy of making music.
 
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Sorry to hear about your Mark 10, but welcome to the forum :)
 
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I've tried to find a used one, but they are all so old there is always something wrong with them. I'm hoping you all can help me find a modern equivalent?
 
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Hey Gary, sorry for the late reply, the notification was caught as spam I guess.

I had a look at the M3W and right off the bat was worried at the lack of buttons lol, the Mark 10 was covered with them. When I dug deeper it looks like the recorder that I use constantly is limited to only 2 tracks per song. I was hoping that, 20 years later, I would be able to get more than the 8 tracks the mark 10 provided. I used them all and was always getting out of memory errors because my songs had so many layers.
 

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To be honest David, hardly anyone uses a keyboard's built in sequencer nowadays when computers and laptops and tablets are so cheap and convenient.

Instead of pushing buttons to navigate a 2" screen a computer allows you to edit with a mouse or a 10" to 24" touchscreen to highlight and edit your tracks with ease.

I realize old habits die hard but it's time to come into the 21st century man :D

Gary ;)
 
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The keyboard is in the family room which isn't the greatest place to put a computer. :(

So you use the keyboard as a midi controler to write tracks to a computer, then you can play all tracks back through the keyboard using its enhanced voices it offers vs the crappy sounding ones on the computer? Or are the voices on computer programs much better now? So perhaps you only use the keyboard to put the notes on the score, but select the voices per track and play it back on the computer attached to a stereo??
 

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Personally I usually sequence on the computer then play back and record from my keyboards and modules but occasionally I will use Virtual Instruments or VSTis as well.

Most computers nowadays have 5.1 home theater quality soundcards built in so your only limitation is what sort of speakers you are driving with them.

Again I do all my sequencing and recording on the computer and there is very little noticeable noise or distortion.

I output my rack at home thru a pair of M-Audio studio monitors and a Mackie 10" subwoofer.

Believe me, I can rattle a few windows when I want to :)

Gary ;)
 

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BTW, as a simple suggestion, you could discreetly rest a 12" laptop computer directly on top of the M3W, hook up a MIDI or USB cable (probably USB on a modern keyboard) and you're off to the races.

Record all of your MIDI data directly into a laptop running a DAW program, then play it back again and accompany yourself and record another track on the M3W as it plays back.

You'd have the advantage of a full 16 track sequencer with even a freeware DAW program.

Gary ;)
 
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Thanks for the advice Gary, I appreciate it. It at least takes the pressure off of trying to find a keyboard that does it all.
 

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