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  1. A conversation from you to start with would've been nice, given that this is a forum and not twitter. I laughed at your blatant exaggeration that one can only develop piano skills on an acoustic instrument, which if taken literally is obviously false, and returned volley. 😆 I wasn't aware the OP intended to be a pro classical player given that their playing gigs are rarely on acoustic piano, but please offer more of your unnuanced and dismissive tone.
  2. Owning and maintaining an acoustic piano isn't always realistic, and personally I don't like the sound of most upright pianos so there would be multiple hurdles in that situation. For what it's worth, I actually did grow up with some sort of well-worn spinet piano similar to Nord's Bambino Upright sample in tone which I liked quite a bit. I think access to a good weighted keybed does most of the job there, creating a sense of percussion that a synth action just can't pull off. It's one of the reasons I kept my SV-1 88-key after getting my Electro 6D: it's a joy to play the hammer action and have a full 88-key spread. I also still like many of the analog-invoking warm sounds it produces. I highly recommend owning something with hammer action, but not exclusively. Variety is a wonderful thing for the same reason I recommend against any sort of obsessive brand loyalty in keyboards.
  3. I don't know how you guys feel about this, but I think at least from a marketing standpoint this synth is pretty a shameless cash grab. It's an OG Minilogue from 6 years ago--not the updated XD--with a completely new color scheme and new factory patches plus a deceptive name, the Minilogue "Bass," that makes it sound like a new product. I'd probably be fine with it if it was just called the Minilogue special edition to give the OG a last hurrah. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MinilogueBass--korg-miniloguebass-4-voice-polyphonic-analog-synthesizer
  4. I thought the opening post was confusing enough, but now I have no idea what you were getting at. I can't think of a time when piano technology (and music tech in general) was better than we have it right now. I have a fairly modest keyboard rig and home studio room by this forum's standards, but it covers a huge spectrum of musical sound and I have a looper pedal with enormous creative potential. There are even several recent keyboard instruments that have expanded the possibilities of music expression for piano players, like the Polybrute, the Seaboard, and the Osmose. In short, any keyboard player who struggles to have fun in the current era is doing life wrong.
  5. My understanding is that it's a well rounded sound range and has been a choice of keyboard players for some time now. I have not used one yet myself but I couldn't pass up the price. I have seen numerous recommendations to use this amp for keyboard purposes, including video reviews on youtube.
  6. I have been keeping an eye on the Fender Rumble 100 for quite some time because it's one of the best bang for the buck keyboard amps, even if it's billed as a bass amp. I was really disheartened when Fender raised the prices on their Rumble series last year up to $380. This past month, I saw it was on sale for the old $299 price tag, then tonight I saw it dropped to $265 on Amazon and immediately bought it. I don't know how long it will last, but if you're in need of a lightweight, great quality gig or practice amp, buy the Rumble 100 right now. https://www.amazon.com/Fender-Rumble-Bass-Combo-Amplifier/dp/B00I56QW30/ref=sr_1_2?crid=874VNN202CAC&keywords=fender+rumble+100&qid=1662163727&sprefix=fender+rumble+100%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2
  7. I used that video (and his subsequent video explaining his actual tone settings) to recreate this on my Minilogue XD. I've created a handful of patches on that handy little synth by watching him and trying to reproduce his settings. His channel has been a great analog synth learning tool for me!
  8. I appreciate the clarification and the invite, but I moved far away from Baltimore and haven't looked back.
  9. That's a pretty cynical take. He has a quality youtube channel.
  10. The consensus around the web seems to be that the Moog One presets are the worst feature of the synth. I think Matt Johnson has the definitive review and the best videos that show it off. He also sells his preset packs for those that don't want to start from scratch.
  11. This hits the nail perfectly on the head. Compared to the repeating patterns all the way down the neck of the guitar, learning chords and playing different keys on the piano must feel like complete anarchy.
  12. 5 years ago I was going through the motions in a cover band with just my SV-1 at home. I had it set up for the song list so it was pretty uninspiring for pleasure playing. I was basically stuck on a plateau. After I left the cover band to focus on my personal life, I got my humble keyboard rig (SV-1/YPG-625/KC-550) set up at home entirely for enjoyment and started picking away at that mental plateau. Something pulled me toward looking at looper pedals to test the waters of fleshing out my original music without the shackles of tedious recording work, and I have never had more fun! You expand your horizons very quickly when you go from playing whatever you can manage with two mortal hands to writing bass lines, drum parts, and other accompaniment layers to fill out a complete song. I've improved in every facet of playing, but especially my rhythm control.
  13. Early indications point to drugs. That is not yet confirmed, though.
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