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recommendations for a work-a-day synth

I used to have a luverly Doepfer LMK 1V2 master keyboard, up until a few days ago when the guy who owns it took it away.

Now I'm looking for recommendations for a replacement with the following characteristics:

-> it should be a work-a-day synth i.e. not just a master keyboard but with it's own sounds and something that can take a bit of hammer
-> I already have a Roland JV1080 so it would be nice if the sounds were of a different ilk.
-> at least 66 keys, preferably 88
-> not be too expensive (i.e. less than 400 Euros that's 277 pounds sterling or 507 US Dollars)
-> as many sounds as possible.
-> on no account should it have built in speakers so nothing in the "cheapo home organ" range - it has to be a semi professional or a professional piece of gear (whatever that means)
-> I don't necessarily need "piano-feel" but things like aftertouch would be nice.

I have no preferences as to which make.

I would be grateful for any suggestions. Here's one to start you off - a friend of mine has a Roland D50 which would be nice except I suspect the sounds are quite similar to the Roland 1080 I already have.



dabmeister music Mon, 02/09/2004 - 06:43
Check out the Motif series. They're given some of the other top notch manufacturers a run for their money. Their 88 key version is very inexpensive and I hear the sounds are superb. I'm in the market for the motif rack as to most of my modules are of the rack variety. I too have a friend who just purchased a motif, it's a good choice.

MisterBlue Tue, 02/10/2004 - 01:20
Not much happening for under 400 Euro. You better start checking out eBay. The D-50 is an official antique, it sounds completely different from the 1080 (not worse, just different). I've seen it on eBay for around $250-300. Conditions will vary.

I second the recommendation for the Yamaha Motif series. But to get it for $400 or less you will have to steal it.


Member Tue, 02/10/2004 - 03:52
Thanks for the replies. BTW, I was thinking of a USED synth.

So far, I've recieved these suggestions from others:
EMU PK6 Proteus
Alesis QS8
Yamaha SO3
Korg Triton LE
Korg n364
Korg M1
Korg Karma
Yamaha CS2x
and of course, the Motif

If anone can name any distinct advantages or disadvantages of any of these beasts, I'd be grateful