Getting into MIDI for composition

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by Greg H, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. Greg H

    Greg H Guest

    I am interested in obtaining a good MIDI keyboard for the purpose of
    composing music for my Church. I have been using a Kurzweil SP88
    keyboard and Finale with some success, but this is the churches
    keyboard and it is pretty cumbsersome to move it back and forth :)
    Not only that but I've found some limitations.

    A little background- I was considering getting my own Kurzweil SP88
    but the main CON is that it only supports playback on 1 midi channel.
    In addition to that, I've also had some strange latency problems when
    doing playback/recording with FINALE. I attribute that more to my
    setup than to the keyboard, and I do have a workaround (alternate the
    playback device). I have a soundblaster LIVE gamer sound card, and I
    purchased a Yamaha UX16 for midi in/out as well. Not sure what the
    problem is.

    Anyway, I'm looking for a good keyboard recommendation, and was hoping
    that I could get some advice.

    Price range: $600-$700
    Midi: 16 channel in/out/through
    Polyphony: 32 or higher
    Feel: Velocity Keys, aftertouch, weighted or semi-weighted
    Pedal: Sustain, possibly one for punch in/out
    Sound: The least important since it will mostly be tethered to a
    computer, BUT if I can play it in front of people w/o it sounding like
    a toy, great!
    Keys: 76 or 88, nothing less.

    I really like the look/feel/sound/capability of a Roland RD-150 but
    the price is too high. Yamaha P60's don't seem to be bad either.
    Really the ideal Keyboard is the Kurzweil SP88, it just lacks the midi
    that I really want. I'm definitely willing to go used as well...

    Any suggestions / links much appreciated!
  2. If you like Kurzweil, see if you can get a K2600 used.
    Other machines to look at would be the Roland XP-80, some older
    Korg Workstations like the original Tritons or a Yamaha Clavinova.

    Harald
  3. JB Seattle

    JB Seattle Guest

    Kind of depends--you can get a Roland SD-20 sound module and Edirol
    controller for less than you price and using the PC and decent software like
    Finale come up with nice orchestrations.
    JB
    "Greg H" <ghuber@buckeye-express.com> wrote in message
    news:5c5333a7.0307080245.4b65312@posting.google.com...
    > I am interested in obtaining a good MIDI keyboard for the purpose of
    > composing music for my Church. I have been using a Kurzweil SP88
    > keyboard and Finale with some success, but this is the churches
    > keyboard and it is pretty cumbsersome to move it back and forth :)
    > Not only that but I've found some limitations.
    >
    > A little background- I was considering getting my own Kurzweil SP88
    > but the main CON is that it only supports playback on 1 midi channel.
    > In addition to that, I've also had some strange latency problems when
    > doing playback/recording with FINALE. I attribute that more to my
    > setup than to the keyboard, and I do have a workaround (alternate the
    > playback device). I have a soundblaster LIVE gamer sound card, and I
    > purchased a Yamaha UX16 for midi in/out as well. Not sure what the
    > problem is.
    >
    > Anyway, I'm looking for a good keyboard recommendation, and was hoping
    > that I could get some advice.
    >
    > Price range: $600-$700
    > Midi: 16 channel in/out/through
    > Polyphony: 32 or higher
    > Feel: Velocity Keys, aftertouch, weighted or semi-weighted
    > Pedal: Sustain, possibly one for punch in/out
    > Sound: The least important since it will mostly be tethered to a
    > computer, BUT if I can play it in front of people w/o it sounding like
    > a toy, great!
    > Keys: 76 or 88, nothing less.
    >
    > I really like the look/feel/sound/capability of a Roland RD-150 but
    > the price is too high. Yamaha P60's don't seem to be bad either.
    > Really the ideal Keyboard is the Kurzweil SP88, it just lacks the midi
    > that I really want. I'm definitely willing to go used as well...
    >
    > Any suggestions / links much appreciated!
    >

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