I know this has been discussed before, but many of the topics I found on it were from before 2011, so some of the high level boards like Korg Kronos weren't out yet. I am looking to get a lightweight midi keyboard (thinking the yamaha p95 or something like it). I want this to drive something, whether software or hardware, but I don't know which.
I am a live player at different churches, and will only ever be live. I will never record, and sequencing is useless to me. My only 2 criteria are good piano, pads, and string sounds (which is highly subjective I know), and a VERY easy to use interface that allows me to very quickly set up my sounds / patches and quickly change them. I do not edit sounds, so editing capabilities and in depth programming are useless to me. I just want east, easy, easy.
I had a Korg Kronos 88 key, sold it on Craigslist because it was too big for me, which is why I am going the MIDI route. With the controller, one thing I was thinking was getting a Kronos 61 key for the sounds (which I like), but something in me is hesitating in getting the Kronos for the purpose of essentially being an oversized computer. I have zero knowledge of software synths, are there ones that meet the criteria I am looking for?