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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Recommend a Keyboard/Synth to me

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Annapolis, Maryland

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Nov 12th, 2009 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do a lot of home recording. A lot of my stuff is pink Floyd influenced but recently got into some reggae as well. I'm looking to fill the gaps between my drums, guitar and bass work with some keyboard. I have played piano in the past but it was a long time ago. I do not know if I want a digital piano with weighted keys or some sort of a synth. Either way, I need to keep it under $400.


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Nov 12th, 2009 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can't get much new for $400 so I'd suggest looking at used equipment. I have a Kurzweil SP76 because I like to play root-fifth-octave bass. That is limited with a 61-key keyboard and I don't need 88-keys. A semi-weighted action works for me because fully-weighted feels clumsy when I want to play organ and unweighted is odd for piano. If you don't need 76 keys or semi-weighted, a used Yamaha MM6 would be nice; check the YouTube videos.

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I got plenty of nuthin'
Nov 12th, 2009 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This may work, despite its small keyboard.


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Connecticut USA

Plenty of java and Chesterfield Kings
Nov 13th, 2009 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree with bluelake07’s suggestion to look at pre-owned instruments to get the best bang for your budget. There are a number of older synths that have a good assortment of pianos, organs, “synthy” sounds and FX which regularly sell for under $400 on the used market:

· Alesis QS6
· Korg M1
· Korg X2/X3
· Roland JV-80
· Roland XP-30
· Yamaha S03


Rockin Gibraltar

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Nov 23rd, 2009 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

for a bit more a new Juno D is a good all rounder



Boston, Taxachusetts

Nov 25th, 2009 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

$400 leaves you stuck with dept. store keyboards unless you buy used.

The Juno D recommendation is good. Used ones do turn up for less than $400.

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Greater Boston

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Dec 1st, 2009 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try the Akai MPK49...it's amazing!


(This message was last edited by fendrguitplayr at 08:31 PM, Dec 9th, 2009)

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Massachusetts, USA

Jan 20th, 2010 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've owned the Roland Juno-D too. It's a great keyboard for what it is and would be my first choice in the "used $400" category.

But beware of the keys going bad. I've never had it happen to mine, but I've played several used ones that have had bum keys, and they're way too expensive to fix to be worthwhile.

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Toronto, Canada

Jan 28th, 2010 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you don't need something portable, you could try using a midi-controller keyboard and a software synthesizer to generate sounds through your computer. M-Audio makes decent inexpensive keyboard controllers. I do that, using a Garageband to get sounds.

(This message was last edited by langford at 09:13 PM, Jan 28th, 2010)

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Delco, PA

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Feb 22nd, 2010 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been pleasantly surprised by a Casio WK3000 for basic studio work. Not sure if it is in production anymore as the 3000, but I'm sure something similiar exists.

I believe it was around $300.00

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