allan_evett Posted September 30, 2013 Share Posted September 30, 2013 I currently cover the keyboard chair for a part-time, church gig. The rig that was initially supplied was a Yamaha CVP-103 - a basic Clavinova that covers piano and layered tones capably. Eventually the budget allowed for a 2nd tier keyboard - plus a small mixer and powered cabinet. The keyboard is a XW-P1, which has covered a variety of tones well. One of my students will be joining us as a second keyboardist at the end of October; her band experience is rather limited, she's played for us previously a couple of times (using a borrowed keyboard) - covering mostly string lines, pads, and some layered synth parts. As the church budget is somewhat limited, gear-wise, I plan to transfer the XW-P1 over to the second keyboardist, and bring in my Keylab 61 controller each week for 2nd tier duty in my rig. What we can afford is approx. $300 for a module to leave on-site. That way everything but the controller is in place and connected for the gig. Space-wise, a half-rack module would work best for this particular rig. Sounds needed would be a handful of tonewheel organ patches, solid electric bass and synth bass tones, and a good compliment of bread-n-butter ROMpler sounds. I've noticed some of typical half-rack units on eBay: Korg NS5R, X5DR, plus the Roland JV / XV units. IIRC, there are also a couple of older, Yamaha MU 1/2 racks that turn up from time to time. From prior experience the Roland 1/2 racks and Yamaha MU's are not viable solutions for covering organ parts; clonewheel grade isn't necessary, but I'm trying to avoid 'cheesy'. Anyone here have experience with the Korg modules listed ? From having owned both and O1/W and Triton Ext., I suspect that the ROmpler organs in the NS5R and X5DR would do the job. Or perhaps there's a half-rack module or two out there that I might have missed. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.. 'Someday, we'll look back on these days and laugh; likely a maniacal laugh from our padded cells, but a laugh nonetheless' - Mr. Boffo. We need a barfing cat emoticon! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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