- Jun 27, 2015
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My conclusion came to think I needed a Synthesizer keyboard like the Korg Kingkorg but then I had no idea what speakers i'd have to buy for them.
So basically I need help, I am purchasing this online so I won't have a chance to get to the store, please tell me your thoughts if any.
I have been using a KingKorg for a couple of years now. It's a highly specialised VA (virtual analogue) synth.
VA synths are digital machines designed to closely emulate analogue synthesisers such as Moog, Oberheim, etc. The KK does this particularly well. It sounds fat, warm and buttery, and the filters have pretty much zero "stepping" when you open and shut them. It also has a lovely tube pre-amp built into it which really warms up the sound.
However what it does not do overly well is your more traditional keyboard sounds like acoustic and electric piano, organ, etc.
Some people also find the interface with its small screens hard to get along with although I personally have no issues with it. It's got quite a few knobs for real time adjustment of filters and effects which make it excellent for live performance.
The keybed is a bit on the squishy side. My last bit of feedback is that it's very hard to fall in love with the way it looks. In fact it's almost beautiful in its unequivocal ugliness.
I love my KK but I would never take it on stage all by itself, not really versatile enough. However it can play a very important role for you if you're after some quality analogue synth emulation.
Speakers - that's a whole separate discussion and would depend on where and how you want to use the keyboard. Plenty of speaker threads in this forum - there's a live one going at the moment in the Keyboard Purchase Recommendations forum.
Hope that helps!
It's impossible to say which speakers will be best without understanding how you intend to use the keyboard.
Check out this thread: https://www.keyboardforums.com/threads/the-best-keyboard-amp.22578/page-2#post-176467
...and the others around like it. That may help?
The Korg keyboard that Lou reports upon has been replaced by the PA1000 and hence a much improved model is now available.
The Roland is considerably cheaper than the Korg or Yamaha hence really is in a different market segment.
Otherwise an excellent report
Youtube is sort of OK to watch reviews but given its bandwidth limitations and what you are probably going to listen to the audio on you will be best advised to visit a music store and listen to them yourself.
I was in the market for a Korg PA700 or Yamaha 770, the difference in quality in my local music store was mp3 v analogue vinyl, you can see from my signature which to me sounded much superior.
Nice try! It seems from the following posts you may not have made your point. I don't think there's one answer. However, one frequently sees a 'should I get A or B' where A and B are quite different keyboards which seems to me to say they have no solid idea of what they want or need. Too bad: I've seen newbies sold inappropriate stuff which just indicates that store clerks are not necessarily the best to ask either. Lucky for me, my everyday keyboard is one I got used at a great price from someone who had been victimized by up-selling to something that didn't actually meet their needs. I've helped (I hope) others buy an instrument, but what someone wants to see, hear and needs are different things. One problem is that experienced players have their own preferences and are probably not the best to ask such an open question. In my view there are roughly four classes of sound synthesis - analog, pseudo analog, FM, wave and sampled wave - plus a host of effects: some I like better than otherst and some implementations/manufacturers that I like better than others; more than a little determined by past experience and musical taste. Also, I mostly like to play and will deal with instrument features up to a point but don't have a lot of time for my synths with their highly configurable and programmable algorithm approach to sound production but I know guys that glory in that stuff. Bottom line, don't ask me. Having said that, I've once or twice attempted to help out and one thing I've noted is that most modern keyboards are sold on their features and come with a great many so it's hard to find anything that's really simple enough for beginners; I've even found this a problem for musicians with considerable experience/training on old school instruments. The lack of full damper pedals and keyboard rebound can be disconcerting to pianists, The lack of drawbars, stops, swell pedal and/or knee switches is replaced by alternative paradigms on many keyboards makes them really organs for non-organists.I've noticed how people post the same exact question over and over again...
Which keyboard should i get? I have xxx,xx moneyz and what can i get?
I play in a rock band... which keyboard should i get... etc etc...
Well first of all - try searching the forums before you ask a question that's been
answered a million times already. I'm almost sure we covered every aspect of music and/or budget.
But anyhow... I'll try to write some kind of an overview in the next few days and stick it up
this subforum or under this thread.
edit (Ian) - I've uploaded Skipp's excellent guide in several parts to the article section - you can read it here:
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