recommendations for a work-a-day synth

Discussion in 'Synths / Samplers & VSTi' started by karambos, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. karambos

    karambos Guest

    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.

  2. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Woodbridge, Va
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    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.
  3. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    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.

  4. karambos

    karambos Guest

    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

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