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Anything KURZ is a good choice. The Korg is going to give a good synth feel but the KURZ is great for gigging with bread and butter sounds with some synth thrown in.
I don't know why you would say that... the Kurzweil has VAST and real analog modeling oscillators... while the Krome has only sampled sounds. Good sample sounds, mind you, and I think the OP would be happy with either of those, or with a Motif MOX6. But on paper the Kurzweil is clearly way more full featured, especially on the synth sounds aspect! Not to mention the details - don't underestimate having aftertouch, for example...
"Yamaha, when they sample instruments like violins, sample the natural vibrato of the musician - this is subjective but the reasons are: They sound more realistic and natural when applied by a real player. Using an LFO for vibrato can quickly begin to sound too perfect (synthy). But again it is subjective - and this is why you have a CHOICE!!!
Of course, this is a synthesizer, so keyboard players sometimes feel that THEY want to control the vibrato. And even though it is very (very) expensive from a wave ROM standpoint to include the real vibrato, you are also provided the violin sampled without vibrato."
So much bloody good strings, but truly lack of any real good other orchestral instruments. Ive owned motif xs, same sounds on the mox, overall better pallette compared to kurz. Anyway, pls do try kurz first, because I still think the aftertouch keys and 16part performance mode is dope.
I'm surprised that it's been accepted that the Kurz orchestral sounds are weak - it's probably the strong point of the PC3 and PC3LE series. Except maybe for the brass...
I don't think it's been accepted, I think just one person said it. There's a lot of personal preference, and it depends on which sounds you need and what kind of things you're doing (as you said, it's brass isn't a strength). As a whole, I think Kurz (PC3/LE), Yamaha (MOX/XS/XF), and Roland (Jupiter and especially Integra) are all strong contenders for people looking for orchestral stuff.