elect pianos, organs, strings sounds for playng live

Discussion in 'Strings' started by yuppie, Apr 15, 2002.

  1. yuppie

    yuppie Guest

    hey there
    i'm looking for a single piece (keyboard/or module/or sampler) to perform live: electric pianos (rhodes and wurly), acoustic pianos, organs (B3) and strings.
    my budget is just 1600$ (or 1800 euro, i'm in italy).
    i've seen stuff like emu modules, nordlead electro (but it hasn't strings sounds..). they seems cool, anyway i need advice on the best stuff (pro!) for that price, can you help me?
    please advice, i should choose a solution at soon.
    i only need those instruments i listed before.

  2. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    All the "big" manufacturers are making something like this. The only way to decide is by playing them. If you like the sounds, keyboard feel, navigation and price, its the one for you.

    I've been playing a Yamaha S80 for awhile now. It has all the sounds you're looking for. There's also some cheaper versions of the Korg Triton. E-mu has a couple of new keyboards. I'm sure Roland has something (no idea what its called though).
  3. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    The missing info in this question is do you already have a keyboard/controller? I assume you do, since you are considering only a module as well as a keyboard, but the question then would be are you happy with the action/feel/features of your controller? If so, modules are almost always a few hundred dollars cheaper than the equivalent keyboard model. In which case, you can get more for your money.

    While you describe some of the sounds you are interested in, it also would be useful to know what style you are performing. For instance, if you are playing jazz, good piano/organ/rhodes sounds might be all you need. Something like the Kurzweil PC2x. Yamaha, Roland, and Korg also make excellent pianistic keyboards with a variety of preset sounds.

    But if you are doing music where you want to program original sounds from scratch, or play samples, or whatever - your needs would be completely different. Perhaps you could elaborate. The example you gave (nordlead) is certainly a totally different animal from the Kurzweil, and also seems to contradict your "piano/rhodes/B-3/strings" parameters.

    By the way, the Roland XP series has some really nice electric piano libraries - including one of my favorite wurlitzer simulations (ported over from their earlier J series, i believe).

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