I am interested in obtaining a good MIDI keyboard for the purpose of
composing music for my Church. I have been using a Kurzweil SP88
keyboard and Finale with some success, but this is the churches
keyboard and it is pretty cumbsersome to move it back and forth :)
Not only that but I've found some limitations.
A little background- I was considering getting my own Kurzweil SP88
but the main CON is that it only supports playback on 1 midi channel.
In addition to that, I've also had some strange latency problems when
doing playback/recording with FINALE. I attribute that more to my
setup than to the keyboard, and I do have a workaround (alternate the
playback device). I have a soundblaster LIVE gamer sound card, and I
purchased a Yamaha UX16 for midi in/out as well. Not sure what the
Anyway, I'm looking for a good keyboard recommendation, and was hoping
that I could get some advice.
Price range: $600-$700
Midi: 16 channel in/out/through
Polyphony: 32 or higher
Feel: Velocity Keys, aftertouch, weighted or semi-weighted
Pedal: Sustain, possibly one for punch in/out
Sound: The least important since it will mostly be tethered to a
computer, BUT if I can play it in front of people w/o it sounding like
a toy, great!
Keys: 76 or 88, nothing less.
I really like the look/feel/sound/capability of a Roland RD-150 but
the price is too high. Yamaha P60's don't seem to be bad either.
Really the ideal Keyboard is the Kurzweil SP88, it just lacks the midi
that I really want. I'm definitely willing to go used as well...
Any suggestions / links much appreciated!