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  1. Nice tips! I've had an iLoud for several years now. I poo-pooed this speaker at first, didn't realize that among BT speakers this is a real stand-out. I used it alot and blew out one of the speakers. IKM sent me a replacement! Unfortunately I dropped mine when it was past the warranty period and the volume knob came off, exposing the red LEDs underneath. It has since been fixed at the volume that I had it set to, which is a bummer, it's only about 50-60% full volume. IKM also gave me an option to have money off a new purchase from their store, but there wasn't really much of a diffe
  2. Turbosound was acquired by Behringer. They have higher end speakers but this one is a $600 12 inch 2 way that is relatively new. It has fantastic DSP capabilities and connects to their ultranet system mixers. I've read some great reviews of them on prosound and other places, so I thought I would give them a try. Yes, I'm aware of how the listening environment can factor in, and this is the same exact listening environment and positioning that I auditioned the K10 speakers in. The K10 was my first MI quality speaker I've ever had, and I was super impressed with it's eveness and s
  3. Recently used a QSC K10. To my ears they got it as good as I've ever heard for my keyboards. Every sound I played sounded like the real instrument, and of course piano was the most revealing. I always thought it was a problem with the sampling, that was the reason some notes stuck out / honked / were problematic. Turns out my Nord Stage samples are great, it was the speaker that didn't reproduce the sound well. Playing the K10, for the first time in years, I was very satisfied to simply play piano, a rich satisfying experience. I then did a comparison with the Yamaha DXR15, and while
  4. They're still available at other outlets for that price
  5. What you're asking for is called Doubling, not Chorus, though they're similar. Pretty much any vocal fx box has that these days. For all the change ups you want to do in real time the VoiceLive 3, at $600, has lots of flexibility and footswitches. The one Abzurd recommended, the VoiceLive Play, is only $249, but far few realtime change options. The TC-Helicon boxes are noticeable also for their auto analysis and optimization of your voice, giving the inexperienced user closer to having an experienced engineer set up the basic parameters. The TC units also have a great rep for great soundi
  6. My keyboard (Casio WK 7600) doesn't have an expression pedal input, and the onboard effects are not that good anyway. Why should guitarists have all the fun? While keyboards have a lot of onboard effects, they're not necessarily easy to use and modify in the heat of the moment. What I want is multi-fx with a a looper / battery operation / ability to turn on/off at least some of the effects in a chain w/footswitches / reasonably friendly user interface with computer editor / USB interface / a relatively narrow board with pedal built-in / good wah / Has anyone used guitar multi-fx pe
  7. Please excuse the never ending paragraph above- composed this on my android, and for some reason the Harmony Central site took out the paragraphs.
  8. I've done a fair amount of research on these lower end Casios under ($450), and being that I've owned 3 different stage pianos and workstations all costing over 3000 dollars a piece, and I have owned the Yamaha PSR 423, which sells for $250, I think I have some perspective on quality of sound , playability, and useful features. I have the same question you do: how much can I get for my money, how good is the basic sound quality, the playability, and the features that I really look for. Sounds like you're beginning player, in which case it doesn't matter as much which keyboard you get. the
  9. Like Trevceda said, you can use proximity effect to your advantage to give your voice a significant bass boost, and that varies from mic to mic, some are designed to have less of that than others. It's worthwhile too finding a mic that has good GBF, which not only helps with feedback obviously, but gives you more flexibility in terms of setting hotter levels. Being able to whisper sing gives you an unexpected new range that is not as nasally. For example, when I speak my voice sounds pushed, I've learned over time to project my voice by literally pushing it out there, but when I remember
  10. I don't think many forum members have this speaker yet. When you get them, please do a comparison and in-use review!
  11. I was the guy who didn't hide under the tractor... at a band rehearsal a big guy who'd never been there before, but we all knew him, started laying in the violin player. He was being aggressive and nasty, he didn't even know the violin player per se. I thought to myself, just let this blow over, otherwise he'll take his obnoxious rant out on me, but I really didn't like him disrupting the vibe of our rehearsal and just being an a hole, so I did ask him to back down. And of course I was right... he then laid into me for 10 minutes and said a lot of negative, horrible things. I learned late
  12. I feel for you man, must be hard to have so many great keyboards and be so clueless. Tell you what, bring by the Forte and the PX5-S, I'll take a year to get to learn them inside out, and will give you a FREE tutorial on getting the most out of these terribly technically challenging boards. By the way, how did a newb like you get their hands on the Forte prototype? I thought only sound designers and rock stars got such privileged access.
  13. What turns me off with drum machines is when a pattern is used and it just goes on and on, making it obvious that this is a drum machine. I don't notice it necessarily when it's 'too perfect', but when it sounds like they got lazy and just used a few patterns for the whole song, that's where I get annoyed and stop listening. I'm not talking about most rock songs (which usually have a real drummer), this shows up very often in the acid jazz and some pop songs.
  14. The most difficult board I've owned was the Motif XS. Beyond customizin sounds, which was reasonable with the John Melas editors, the file and sample management was a nightmare (which I think they at least partly fixed with the XF). Really didn't care for the sequencer, was too 'constructionist' for me, and overall I spent more time fussin and learning the board than actually playing and enjoying it. When I got the Nord Stage I was really happy, didn't realize I didn't need a million bells and whistles. However, I'm tempted to get the new Roland FA08. The one thing I really don't li
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