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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / cheap keyboard to learn theory

strummer

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pb
Dec 3rd, 2010 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

was thinking about the base level yamaha PSR rather than casio, but i need this mainly to explore/learn music theory. I don't really have room to keep a keyboard out (small city apartment), so 61 keys is sort of the limit and even that is somewhat bulky. what is the smallest number of keys I need? i see these m-audios and Korgs, but I don't have a mac (do have pc) or any music software. are those things a viable option? I really don't want to get one of those kiddie keyboards, unless i hear otherwise. what options are out there for under $125 or so. I am primarily a guitarist. any good keyboards to recommend on the used market to pursue? thanks!

fendrguitplayr
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Dec 3rd, 2010 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some options :

1.Casio CZ-101 (typically less than $100)
2.Ensoniq ESQ-1 (typically $150-$300)
3.Moog (Realistic) Concertmate MG-1 (typically $100-$500)
4.Oberheim Matrix-6R (typically $150-$350+)
5.Roland HS-10/80 (typically $25-$100)
6.Roland HS-60 (typically $200+)
7.Roland MKS-7 (typically $200+)
8.Yamaha CS-01 (typically $150-$250)
9.Yamaha TX81Z (typically $50-$85)


69tele

Rockin Gibraltar

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Dec 3rd, 2010 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

any keyboard with 61 keys that is at least touch sensitive and has a halfway decent piano sound will do.

a home keyb with built speakers will probs be better if you dont have an amp

strummer

usa

pb
Dec 3rd, 2010 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

do not have a keyboard amp, definitely want to keep this on the simple plane. fendrguitplayr has dug up some gems that are a bit out of my league equipment and talent wise, but sure look like fun.
thanks.

strummer

usa

pb
Dec 8th, 2010 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

what about midi keyboards? is it true that you cannot play chords with these, because only one key plays at a time tonally?

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Dec 8th, 2010 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not true, for the most part. Even the cheapest, entry-level MIDI-compatible keyboards manufactured today — such as Yamaha’s PSR series — are capable of 32-voice polyphony.

However, bear in mind that a *pure* MIDI controller keyboard won’t make any sound at all unless it’s connected to some sort of sound generator. MIDI isn’t audio — it’s a protocol for transmitting information.

strummer

usa

pb
Dec 8th, 2010 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thanks garp. i saw a used m-audio axiom 25 that i can get for about 100, that has nice-feeling keys. it's tempting, but then I still have to get the software etc. also these small arturia factory player things or a 49 m-audio keyboard in the same price range. probably will go with the cheap yamaha psr entry. there is a lot of cool stuff out there, even the microkorg etc. it's a whole new world to me.

fendrguitplayr
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Dec 8th, 2010 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are many good keyboards on ebay for learning your chords, theory, etc., here's one of them...

good bang for the buck

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