zahush76 Posted September 27, 2013 Share Posted September 27, 2013 I posted this question on the gearslutz forum as well, but not as many keyboard players there - as there are over here. So here goes: So, about a year ago i sold my Nord Stage 2 HA76 since i found myself using more and more dedicated sample libraries in the home "studio" for acoustic pianos and electric pianos, VB3 for organs etc. Also, it's been a few years since i actually gigged (apart from the occasional show\ceremony at the school i work at as a teacher). But the one great thing i miss since then is that the Nord was just a plain great controller. I really liked the feel and key action, and the fact that it's more than your usual 61 keys. But having used the money for gear in the more "synthi" area, i cut down on expenses and settled for a used e-mu XBoard 61. Got it for cheap. It works fine - with the occasional "misbehavior". Anyway, the more i get into stuff like "symphobia" etc - i really miss the extra keys for the keyswitches and articulations. I also miss playing piano sounds with a keyboard that has more of a piano feel to it. I looked into several 88 key controllers and each has its pros and cons. I checked out options like keystation 88es, and m-audio oxygen 88. Didn't like them very much. The most obvious was the akai mpk88. I tried it in a store and the key action was a hell of a lot stiffer than what i got used to on the Nord. It was like fighting with the keys. Harder than usual piano key action even. Plus - i really don't need all the knobs, sliders and drum pads (specially not them since the maschine mk2 does the job). I also thought it seems like a waste of money to spend 800$ on a controller, when perhaps there are digital pianos for that much that probably has a better feel - and have internal sounds in case i need to use it in a jam\gig\whatever. In comes the Casio PX-5s. It looks right on the money. So far from the demos running around on youtube - it has a very good acoustic piano sound, good electric pianos, great clav sounds, not very good B3 sounds, a synth (based on the XW-G1 & P1 synths), with 4 arpeggiators, phrase sequencers, and of course it's also built to function as a (ta dam) keyboard controller with 4 zones, splits, layers, pitch & modwheels, some sliders & knobs etc etc. Btw, the street price is 1000$. Seems like Casio's attempt to create an affordable "Nord Stage" (the concept of taking a digital piano and combining with a synth section). But my main drawback is: no aftertouch. Why do i need aftertouch? Well, i've become accustomed to using it as a useful modulation source for all sorts, from vibrato, filter swells and whatnot. That way you could make a vibrato without giving up your left hand for the modwheel. Perhaps i got spoiled from years of using the Nord Stage classic and NS2. Realistically, the aftertouch is a thing i use mainly with synth sounds - for that specific use. For piano sounds it's obviously not relevant. Also, all the sample libraries i have, for the most part, don't apply aftertouch to anything. Not orchestral sounds, not ethnic sounds. Nothing really. So i'm kind of asking myself if it's a good idea to go for this Casio PX-5s, which gives me: + 88 keys with piano action + built in sounds in case i'll need a portable digital piano (it weighs 24 pounds). - but no aftertouch Or perhaps i'm not looking at this right at all. Let's say i get the Casio, but keep the e-mu xboard-61 (that has aftertouch). Is there some sort of configuration in which i could connect both to my DAW and use them at the same time? That way i could use the Casio for when i need an 88 hammer action keyboard - and a 61 synth action for playing synth sounds in which i'm using aftertouch? I should mention that both keyboards have midi over usb in addition to regular midi connections. So is it possible to connect both via usb, or one via usb and the other via midi (into my interface), have cubase recognize both, and give me control over which is used when? Vermona Perfourmer mkii, Nord Stage 3 76 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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