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Korg X50 vs Yamaha MM6

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  • Korg X50 vs Yamaha MM6

    I'm looking at getting a slightly more portable, less complex set of keys to haul around to gigs (our keys needs are very limited and basic) so I don't have to keep hauling and banging up my motif and want to get some input from you on the X50 vs the MM6. I love the ultra portable design of the x50, but like the fact that the yamaha is similar in design to my motif.

    I'm a guitar player not a keys player so my knowledge and skills are pretty limited.

    Can you offer a brother some input?

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    isn't this the battle of the cheaply made ?

    which one feels more durable ?
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      Well - not all of us can call ourselves god of the keys or son of hu so I probably would not have taken quite as much of a condescending position, but to a degree that is the point.

      Did you have any input to actually help the question or was your entire response strictly self serving?

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      • #4
        Soundwise I'd go for the MM6, more usable sounds, less Korgish pads and stuff. But the main point is that the keys of the X50 are pure torture for the senses. God-awful.
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          Soundwise I'd go for the MM6, more usable sounds, less Korgish pads and stuff. But the main point is that the keys of the X50 are pure torture for the senses. God-awful.


          Now THAT is more the type of input I was looking for. That you Roald for taking the time to post that instead of just insulting the fact that I was not buying a $3,000 set of keys.

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          • #6
            I have both. If I had to pick one I would go for the X50, but both have their strengths and weaknesses. The X50 has killer combis, lots of ambient stuff, nice low strings, drums, choirs etc. The combis are very impressive, you can do a lot of cool stuff in real time.

            MM6 is better for Pianos, guitars, El. Pianos, some winds and brass. The mm6 doesnt have as many usable patches, it has a lot of filler. Indeed it has a better keyboard, not that it's stellar but the X50 has a pretty crappy one. It doesnt bother me as I am not a pianist and have other keyboards (and own a real piano).

            The X50 of course is a fully functional synth, where the mm6 is a preset machine with only some basic controls. The pianos are from the motif classic and sound quite good, especially if you add a longer release or use a pedal.
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            • #7
              Well - not all of us can call ourselves god of the keys or son of hu so I probably would not have taken quite as much of a condescending position, but to a degree that is the point.

              Did you have any input to actually help the question or was your entire response strictly self serving?


              you poor baby, I guess I didn't take my sensitivity vitamins today

              If you think a bit more, my veiled remark was directed at both units.

              In particular, the X50 has a very cheap keyboard. The buttons are not much better. Maybe someone can compare the build quality of the X50 to MM6
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              • #8
                It looks like you'd want more bread-and-butter sounds from the new board, since you want it for gigging. In that case I'd go with the Yammy. Korgs are better for ambient and string sounds.

                SonofHu does make a good point: the x50 is cheaply made. I'd worry about long-haul durability with that one.
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                • #9
                  Both are pieces of **************** and for the same money you can buy something much better on the used market. Son of HuHefner's first remarks are spot on and definitely weren't offensive unless you have some sort of bug up your ass. If you're gigging, you don't want to gig with a toy-ish piece of crap that could break down on you at any time and will suck away any inspiration you may have.

                  Since you say you're not a keyboard player then perhaps take a lesson from those of us who are and have lugged all manner of keyboards to gigs and have encountered all sorts of situations that have led to our knowledge of our craft - which is to say avoid bringing cheap crap to gigs at all costs. If you're an experienced gigging musician you should know this anyway. You're better off spending the money on case for your Motif than you are buying a turd synth.
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                  • #10
                    If you like the pianos in your Motif (whichever one you have) you will be a lot happier with them in the MM6 than in the X50. And I personally think the keyboard on the X50 is practically unplayable, unless you play only in the keys of C major and A minor and seldom use the blacks. The keyboard on the MM6 may be just a PSR, but at least it is usable in all keys.

                    The X50 has a broader sound palette though. But ultimately for banging around on gigs (your term) I'd put my money on the Yamaha holding up longer... but who knows really because they haven't been around very long.

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                    • #11
                      Maybe someone can compare the build quality of the X50 to MM6


                      I personally love the build quality, since it enables me to score good-sounding keyboards for dirt cheap.

                      I would say they are similiar. They are both plastic and light. When I got the mm6, I thought they gave me a prop without the insides in it. Mine dont leave the studio, so I have no idea if they would stand up to the hazards of gigging. I would worry about the power supply on the X50 and get a backup, its real cheap. The X50 also gets pretty warm back there, the mm6 does not.

                      To call either "pieces of ****************" is just ridiculous. If you actually LISTEN to them, they are both very nice-sounding keyboards. Yes, they are cheap plastic, but not all of us gig on keyboards. I have had 0 problems.
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                      • #12

                        Yes, they are cheap plastic, but not all of us gig on keyboards. I have had 0 problems.



                        NEWSFLASH: THE GUY IS ASKING ABOUT A KEYBOARD FOR GIGGING.
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                        • #13
                          NEWSFLASH: THE GUY IS ASKING ABOUT A KEYBOARD FOR GIGGING.


                          Thanks for the help, but I can read. Can you?:

                          Mine dont leave the studio, so I have no idea if they would stand up to the hazards of gigging. I would worry about the power supply on the X50 and get a backup, its real cheap. The X50 also gets pretty warm back there, the mm6 does not.


                          Where was I not clear??

                          I have no idea what kind of gigs he does. Maybe he is playing in a biker bar or maybe in the opera pit, how would I know?? Yeah, I think we have all pretty much agreed that both keyboards are made out of plastic and very lightweight. My old violin weighed less than a pound and was made out of very thin wood. It held up for gigs pretty well considering it was built in 1685.
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                          • #14
                            [COLOR="Blue"]I'm a guitar player not a keys player so my knowledge and skills are pretty limited.

                            Best. Quote. Ever.

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                            • #15
                              Blimey, this one got a bit out of hand didn't it? I came here asking a similar question a few months ago and got some very useful and balanced responses.

                              The context of the types of gig in question are entirely relevant as well - a lot of people here have focussed on obtaining something durable, well-made and that won't break down on you but the other factor to take into consideration is that there are certain gigging situations whereby you don't want to be taking

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