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.
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.
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.
Thanks for the replies. BTW, I was thinking of a USED synth.
So far, I've recieved these suggestions from others:
EMU PK6 Proteus
Korg Triton LE
and of course, the Motif
If anone can name any distinct advantages or disadvantages of any of these beasts, I'd be grateful