Which Keyboard To Get..
on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:20pm
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:20pm

Hey guys,

So, my church has been using a semi-weighted midi controller for quite sometime hooked up to my mac which is also running loops. I don't play keys but it sits next to our keyboard player while I'm triggering all of the tracks.

We are starting to look at replacing this with a regular keyboard that, obviously would have midi capability if we wanted to use any sounds from my mac, but also be able to perform well by its self if I were out of town or away for the weekend. We are looking at something under $2000 with weighted action and I thought I would ask you all what your recommendations would be for a keyboard. We would mainly be using the Grand piano, Pads and maybe an Organ if it has it on there.

Any recommendations would be great!


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:17pm


Korg SV1 Stage

Beauty sound. I think it's as good or better than nord stage 2 but at a better price range. Midi Captible

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 1:22pm

Awesome! Thanks Travis! I will have to look into it more!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 9:50pm

So, I really like the SV1's feel and their piano sound but I'm also looking for something that it a little more versatile with pads and ambient sounds as well. Does anyone use the Yamaha MOXF8? What are your thoughts on it?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 2:11am

I am not familiar with that specific model, but I absolutely LOVE Yamaha's Motif line. I am most familiar with the XS8. Favorite thing about it is its performance mode… you can layer up to four sounds I believe… I would go a whole set with a lead, strings, pad, and piano, mixing with the keyboard's faders as we went through the set. I've never used it as a controller, but of course it has that capability.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 2:14am

Specific pad sounds that are awesome are

Trance MW

See if you can pull up a demo of those! Those sounds are on some other motifs as well :)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:59am

Korg Kronos for the win. I however use a Panorama P4 from Nektar, which is just a controller.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 9:03pm

So let me ask you guys this question. We still haven't purchased anything yet but I have been think about a few different options. Would it be more beneficial for us to get a work station or a keyboard with sounds already on it or to purchase a midi keyboard like the Akai mpk88 with a MacBook Air just for keys?

My thought with this is we could put MainStage on there and continually update the sounds and keep adding more. We would probably be looking at getting a refurbished Macbook Air to save on some money and use one of my interfaces for the time being if this is the route we go.

I just thought I would throw this out there and see what you guys think would be best.

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 7:12pm

I'm faced with a similar decision. I am going Macbook pro - and have some 'synthy' controllers - but really want something that feels more piano - is the Nektar P6 hammer action. or semi weighted?

I've played the Nord Stage and it's an amazing keyboard if $ allows - and heard good things about the Korg SV1 also - but the prices of these, even the Korg which isnt too bad - do make a Macbook look like a reasonable option - for all of the other options it gives you (Virtual instruments, Ableton, etc).

Any reports out there on controllers to rival the stage pianos that are out there, in terms of feel? (I have the added factor that I want to transport mine, so, its careful carrying and 61 or 73 keys for weight reasons...)

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 12:26pm

I've been using the m-audio oxygen 88 keys as a controller running into a Yamaha mx49 synth (selection of sounds from the motif family).

The oxygen 88 has great feel/playability and a load of controllers. Works so nice with the mx sounds and nice to be able to play up to four voices from the mx at once on the oxygen and mix/fade the different sounds using the oxygen's faders.

I tend to have channel 1 for piano, 2 for pad, then some strings etc.

I then have the Yamaha mx-49 itself setup for playing lead or Hammond sounds.

It's a great setup and one I'd highly recommend to anyone looking to go down the hardware route on a budget or to be honest even if not on a budget it's still a great solution (unless your sold on a nord obviously!)

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 12:31pm

Oh forgot to say the oxygen 88 is fully weighted. Graded action too like a real piano. Not always had success with a different m-audio for playability but the oxygen 88 is fab, love it!

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 9:27am

Hey guys! This is a good conversation and would make a great blog post as so many worship leaders end up being faced with the decision to buy a new keyboard, and if you are a guitar player like me, it's all greek. If anyone is willing to write me up something of a review of the different keyboards and the pro's and con's of each, I'd love to feature it on the LoopCommunity blog. Please email me wade@loopcommunity.com and we can talk about getting the post together for the blog.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 2:11pm

Excellent idea, Wade! Even if you don't think of yourself as a great writer, someone could even post a link to an industry review of any particular keys article for worship.