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  1. I had a P80 from about 2001 to 2003. The piano sound was good (today's pianos are better). The action, though a little heavy, was solid. Roland pianos from that era were not great; they have since caught up. The RD-300sx/FP-4 keybed is a little light -- some say it's a little mushy. I have one and actually enjoy playing it. The piano sound is a step up from the P-80. You might be able to get an FP-4 cheaper than an RD-300sx (they're pretty much the same board). It has fewer bells and whistles (no pitch bend/mod wheel primarily) -- it's really designed to be a stage piano.

  2. you guys have sure gone through a lot of gear. I don't feel so bad...


    Fenix Combo Organ

    Vox Jaguar Combo Organ

    Fender Rhodes "Sparkle Top"

    Wurlitzer 200A

    Alpha Syntauri

    Wurlitzer 140B

    Ensoniq Mirage

    Ensoniq ESQ1

    Ensoniq EPS

    Yamaha TX802

    Kurzweil 1000PX+

    Roland XP-80

    Yamaha P-80

    Yamaha Motif 7

    Yamaha S-90

    Yamaha S-30

    Yamaha CS6X

    Yamaha Motif Rack ES

    Kurzweil ME-1

    Roland JV-1010

    Nord Electro2 61

    Yamaha MO8

    Yamaha ES8

    Roland FP-4

    Roland SonicCell

    Yamaha XS7

    Yamaha S70XS

    1963 Baldwin Baby Grand

    Akai MPK49

    Standell Dual Artist 15

    Peavey KB100

    Roland KC-300

    MotionSound KP200s

    Pair - QSC K8

  3. Another vote for the MO8. I gigged with one for a couple of years -- totally reliable, great sounds, nice-feeling keybed. Aftertouch is an easy way to modify/modulate your sound after striking the key. Initial touch provides the basic attack and volume of the sound. But on a keyboard with aftertouch, you can continue to press of the key after that initial strike and change filters, pitch, generally any effect. Some players really are adept at using aftertouch. I'm not -- I've always been a piano guy -- but you can still program the same effects using the Mod wheel or pitch wheel. 64 poly shouldn't be too much of a hassle when sequencing - unless you really like dense textures with a lot of sustain. If you do find yourself running out of polyphony, you can always add a module or softsynth to your setup -- that will also expand your selection of sounds. The MO is, overall, a good value.

  4. I used to have a MO8 -- and I've played the S-08 a few times. The keyboard feel is similar - but the MO's soundset is a big improvement. It's based on the Motif-ES waveforms; the S-08 dates to a couple of generations previous and is more closely based on the S-80/CS6X board from the late 90's. If you can swing it, the MO would be a better board (imo!).

  5. Thanks for the tips. I'll pass those ideas along -- and, yep, I know part of the problem isn't the loudness of the horn -- it's the extreme lack of time. But she's very good -- and I think it would be good for her psyche to continue to express herself with music (and I'd like to someday, when her kid is older, get her playing regularly).

  6. I usually hang out at the Keyboard section - but I've got a friend who needs some help. She's an excellent trumpet player -- but she just had a baby and feels she can't practice anymore. I know nothing about playing trumpets -- but she says that whatever lip indentations she developed after playing for years have gone away -- and she'd hate to lose the ability she has. Are practice mutes a good substitute (I was reading the thread below)? Would they be quiet enough -- and help her keep her chops up? Is there a suitable electronic alternative -- a brass EWI -- that allows you to use your full, normal playing skills without making much sound? Any ideas would be very appreciated!

  7. Of the three you mentioned, I'd go with a MO6 (I used to own a MO8) - good sounds (esp acoustic emulations), good live board; but check out the Korg - especially if you're more into "synth" stuff. The MM6 is a nice little board - I bring one to gigs as a back-up -- and on vacations as a fun practice board -- but never as a main keyboard. It's built like a PSR -- not such a great keybed, and a plastic case that really wouldn't stand up to regular gigging.

  8. Welcome to the forum :wave:


    The M3 does not have on-board speakers -- so you'll need to provide some kind of monitoring system -- monitor speakers and/or headphones. I don't know how well the search function is working these days, but give it a try. There have been many, many threads about monitors (both active, i.e., containing their own amps in each speaker, or passive, needing an external amp to drive them). There are strong opinions; check them out. I just bought a pair of Adam A7's which I really like, but they run close to $1k - maybe out of your price range. Good luck!

  9. Good for you, Tony! I did the same thing ... but I waited way too long to do it. At age 49, I went back to music school -- and I was the oldest guy in school. But I studied for three years and learned so much. And, thanks to the friendships I made, I ended up performing two to three night a week with some really great players.


    I was a really terrible student in college - I graduated, but right about at the bottom of the class. I really wasn't very motivated - college didn't seem too relevant. This time, I couldn't absorb the information fast enough. I wanted to just do a mind meld with the professors. Sometimes, it's better to go to school when you really want to.


    Keep it up, Tony!

  10. There have been some very late gigs when it was easier to just stay up. I'm also kind of an insomniac -- lately waking up around 4 and not getting back to sleep. For those times, I'm have my FP-4 in the bedroom so I just slap on my headphones and play until I get sleepy or bore myself to sleep, whichever comes first.

  11. It can be done, but you might find latency issues if you create any data-heavy projects; if possible, try to run native applications (like Logic or Logic Express). I'm keeping my PC (XP sp2) in part because it runs a nice de-noising program for cleaning up old LP's (Diamond Cut DC7). At some point (and when the budget allows) I'll look around for some kind of plug-in to accomplish the same thing.

  12. Just made the switch to an iMac 24" 2.8ghz. I'm still running a 3-year-old PC while I start on the learning curve. I've started to use Logic Studio and Final Cut Express -- and they are both elegant programs -- though I'm still in the noobie stage. I think you'll do fine with the iMac you're talking about. I know the Quad Cores are coming in the iMac line - but for the stuff I do I think I'll have enough speed and capacity to get it done. Get a lot of storage. I just installed two 500gb external drives - plus the 500gb drive that's installed in the iMac. And I suspect there will be more.

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