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  • #31
    Some of us come to this forum to get information. Valid opinions are a source of reference. Some of us do not have a Guitar Center to go to and try out the latest and greatest gear. We need to ask others who might have more experience. I use mail order a lot and would rather not have to return a bunch of junk because no one could take the time to give me a simple, honest opinion. For what its worth. I have an X50. I use it for about the same thing you do. With a little care it is not a bad little keyboard. I gig about 125 nights a year and have not had any problems with this so far.
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    • #32
      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?



      Dude... . He brings up a perfectly valid point. Neither board is built with the rigors of gigging in mind. 3 years ago I bought a Triton Le (just as cheaply made) and quickly regretted the decision. Over the years keys went dead, control buttons ceased to function... it stopped writing to memory.

      Let me put it this way... the same applies to cheap guitars. Would you expect a Squire with stock hardware to hold up to the rigors of the road?

      You already own a Motif so you know what something that has a solid build quality feels like. It's up to you if you want to buy something new that will end up being completely disposable over time.


      +1 on the XP30 or XP80 suggestion... $250-$450 and you'll have all the sounds you want in a very reliable package!
      so over this signature BS!!!

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      • #33
        Hi - to the experienced among you in this discussion - I would be grateful for your help on a question.

        I generally play a piano voice overlaid with either an electric piano or some kind of gushy, warm / ooey pad, for my purposes.

        Re these 2 keyboards, which one would be simpler, please, to use in terms of layering sounds, saving them as a new 'voice', and then having simple access to it at the touch of a button?

        I appreciate the comparitive comments so far on these 2 keyboards. Authentic piano sounds matter to me but I love the pads on the Triton (which I can't afford.)

        Thanks for any comments.:wave:

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        • #34
          A buddy of mine has the mm6, and I have played it before.

          It feels cheaply made, and in MY OPINION the sounds are a little tacky sounding.

          maybe it's just me...

          bottom line- if it were me I'd go with the X50- but it's really YOUR DECISION in the end

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          • #35
            Some of you people on this forum are just stupid.

            Jesus Christ, he can't afford or doesn't want to spend $3000 on a keyboard doesn't mean you guys can't help him.

            I swear to God, it's so clich

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            • #36
              True. My cousin has gigged hundreds of times with his X50 and it's still in perfect condition.

              Heck, remember the cheaply made Nintendo DS Phat? Some people climbed the Everest with 4 systems and they all survived while most other electronics broke down.

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              • #37
                FWIW I have been gigging with an MM6 since April. I'm sending it back because the LED has failed to light on 2 occasions. Can't afford that **************** on a gig.

                It has some decent sounds (although a little thin to my ears) but to use it live I max out the volume on the bank of patches I use (VERY low output) and also set the accompaniment volume to "0" to prevent accidental wonka-wonka rap rhythms being triggered in the middle of a song (that's good for a laugh- the FIRST time). Also, the banjo sucks. And be sure to anchor it somehow on your stand- the first gliss you do will send it flying across the stage.

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                • #38
                  FWIW I have been gigging with an MM6 since April. I'm sending it back because the LED has failed to light on 2 occasions.


                  Hmmm, I've had that too. Half the screen is white. It goes away after a minute.
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                  • #39

                    IMO. The Yamaha MM6 has more modern synth sounds in it since the X50 is based on most of the old school Triton sounds.


                    Hi guys, just a quick clarification.

                    The X50 does use the same HI-synthesis engine as the Triton family, and it includes the entire 32mb Triton ROM with lots of familiar Programs and Combis, it also has 32mb of newer ROM samples, including some samples from the OASYS (pianos, EPs, etc).

                    Regarding the build, the X50 was certainly designed to be a reliable gigging instrument. Take another look at those metal handles... They're not only convenient, they add rigidity and strength to the X50, and prevent the case from flexing unnecessarily.

                    Hope this helps!
                    <div class="signaturecontainer">Richard Formidoni<br />
                    Technology Product Manager<br />
                    Korg USA, Inc.</div>

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                    • #40
                      Some of you people on this forum are just stupid.

                      Jesus Christ, he can't afford or doesn't want to spend $3000 on a keyboard doesn't mean you guys can't help him.

                      I swear to God, it's so clich
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                      • #41


                        Similarly cliched and predictable are people who come into a forum, rant about the snobbishness of the members, and still not provide an answer or opinion on the original topic. Well done.


                        :thu:

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                        • #42


                          Similarly cliched and predictable are people who come into a forum, rant about the snobbishness of the members, and still not provide an answer or opinion on the original topic. Well done.

                          Though this thread is VERY OLD, I would say X50.

                          Still stand by my MO6 statement, though. :thu:


                          Someone got a wee bit offended because I basically described him in my post...

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                          • #43
                            I am not sure if thats true. They have reputations of being inexpensively built with plastic, thats not quite the same as being poorly built. Sure, they aint tanks, but I see nothing on them that is wrong. Just cheap.

                            I would be curious to hear real-world scenarios. Do they actually fall apart?? Ive been dealing with rare string instruments for 35 years, so I know how to be uber-careful when handling musical instruments. The X50 in particular feels solid (for what it is). The mm6 feels like a kid's hollow surfboard.


                            X50 does fall apart, first thing that falls is the screen or the powerplug. And belive me they will fail sooner or later.

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                            • #44

                              Since both keyboards are sitting in the room with me, I can only say what I have already said. Both are good SOUNDING keyboards, and it has been pointed out in this thread the strengths and weaknesses of both. The X50 is much more portable because it is smaller, has handles and is more compact. The mm6 is "less complex", it is larger and bulkier yet incredibly light. The X50 doesnt particularly FEEL plastic, the mm6 does, it feels like a hollow plastic surfboard.


                              Cygnus - good descriptions... I have a Triton Le, have had since 2002 and have gigged hundreds of times w/it since then.

                              I know it is cheaply made and I am not crazy about the keybed but it has great sounds built-in and I didn't have to program much, only alter a few patches slightly... otherwise it has tons o' useable sounds & the X50 seems to carry on that tradition. Except pianos, the acoustic pianos are NOT Korg's strong point. :lol:
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                              <i>Using:</i> Yamaha MoX8 <i>(bottom tier)</i> &amp; Korg M3 <i>(top)</i>, or just Roland RD300GX<i> (on small gigs)</i><br />
                              <i>Tried, returned:</i> Korg M50, Roland Fantom G7<br />
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                              Motion Sound KP200S &amp; KP100S, (2) QSC K12's, (2) QSC K10's, (2) JBL EON15 G2's, Fender Rumble 100 <i>(for Ibanez SR500 bass gtr.)</i>, <br />
                              Alesis TransActive 50, Soundcraft MFXi8, Yamaha MG82cx, Mackie ProFX12, MS1202 &amp; DFX6, <i>[Samson PL1602 - For Sale]</i><br />
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                              • #45
                                I guess I get to be the lucky one who is the first actual owner of an X50 to post to this zombie thread in the last couple days. The X50 is a whole lot more of a Triton than the MM6 is of a Motif. The MM6 is a PSR in Motif clothing. The X50 is a real Triton. The X50 is worth buying over the MM6 merely for the VST editor.

                                My X50 shows no signs of falling apart, but that may be because I exercise due care and diligence for my gear. The X50 is one of my favorites to carry because it has more power per dollar per pound than other keyboards I have.

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