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  • If you could only use one of these synths live and nothing else, which one.

    Here are the choices:

    Roland JP80 76 keys
    Kurzweil PC3K 76 keys
    KORG KRONOS 73 keys

    Just for fun, ?

  • #2
    Probably JP80 because it was designed with shift toward live playing, with only 4 timbres possible.

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    • #3
      jupiter 80
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      • #4
        Jupiter-80
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        • #5
          This one is tough for me I know the KURZ has the goods to cover anything fairly well. But, the Roland is just a stellar piece and could really be something special in both sound structure and live interface usage.

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          • #6
            As much I love Roland gear (heresy I hear you say), for me it would have to be the Kronos given the genre of music I play - it has a bit of everything plus a sequencer to boot! And it samples as well.
            <div class="signaturecontainer">Gary.<br />
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            • #7
              As long as I can use a computer for sequencing and recording ...

              1) Jupiter-80
              2) Kronos
              3) Kurz


              Well, you cannot use your computer live, just one of the keyboards. Studio is up to you. This is taking into account that you are in a fully structured and working band containing live players. You are the keyboardist.

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              • #8
                Kronos, no question about it.

                Live Sets, seamless effect transitions when changing patches, all these engines being integrated, kickass piano, EP, organs and synth sounds, tons of room for user presets, 3.2GB RAM (samples!), etc etc etc.

                I wonder if those people choosing the JP80 even play live...
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                • #9
                  Here are the choices:

                  Roland JP80 76 keys
                  Kurzweil PC3K 76 keys
                  KORG KRONOS 73 keys

                  Just for fun, ?


                  I would put two more keyboards in that grouping... Nord Stage 2 and Yamaha Motif XF, both with 76 keys. And I'd probably take either of those over any of the three you listed. Though they are all good boards, of course.

                  My knock on the Kurz is that I don't like the action they use on their 76. My knock on the Kronos would also be an action I don't much like, plus it's the heaviest of the bunch. And the Roland is the only one that you can't load new samples into.

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                  • #10
                    Well, you cannot use your computer live, just one of the keyboards. Studio is up to you. This is taking into account that you are in a fully structured and working band containing live players. You are the keyboardist.


                    Kronos.

                    16 MIDI tracks with the MS-20, Polysix, MOD-7 engines and sampling means I'm totally firing the rest of the band before the gig and performing solo after using all their drink tickets.
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                    • #11
                      KRONOS.
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                      • #12
                        I would put two more keyboards in that grouping... Nord Stage 2 and Yamaha Motif XF, both with 76 keys. And I'd probably take either of those over any of the three you listed. Though they are all good boards, of course.

                        My knock on the Kurz is that I don't like the action they use on their 76. My knock on the Kronos would also be an action I don't much like, plus it's the heaviest of the bunch. And the Roland is the only one that you can't load new samples into.


                        OK let's include those two as well. Good idea.

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                        • #13
                          It was hard but I like the build quality on the JP80 better. The interface on the KURZ for me is safe, as are the preset sounds and the setups, but once learned, I think the JP80 interface, the live sets, and the editing of the sounds would be more rewarding. Plus the synth action on the 80 is fantastic, where I too have never cared for the semi-weighted action of the KURZ.

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                          • #14
                            I know ... I didn't read thoroughly ... I was thinking studio ...

                            I would still pick JP80, especially if in a band context ... On my own with only the board, maybe the Kronos ...
                            <div class="signaturecontainer"><font face="Impact"><font size="3">NEW ALBUM RELEASE ...</font><font size="6"><font color="#a0522d"> THE END OF TECHNOLOGY ... </font></font></font><br />
                            <br />
                            <font size="3"><a href="http://electrocabaret.bandcamp.com/releases" target="_blank">http://electrocabaret.bandcamp.com/releases</a></font> ... Introspective future/retro pop dealing with themes of authoritarianism, apocalypse and alcohol ... <br />
                            <br />
                            <font face="Arial"><font size="2">Featuring &quot;Hot Mess,&quot; &quot;Hateful Little Rapper,&quot; &quot;Ladio GaGa&quot; and &quot;Somewhere in Time.&quot;</font></font></div>

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                            • #15
                              KRONOS
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                              Jim (aka EJ2)

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