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Aww, come on guys, don´t be cruel!

Zenriderplayer, please tell us more about your preferences; 61, 76 or 88 keys, and for instance when you say "analog capabilities", do you mean "sounding like an analog synthesizer" or many analog outputs? The more details we get, the more help we can give you. you might also want to do a search, this topic comes around from time to time (hence the sarcasm... we´re basically nice people!)


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Pure analog is expensive so you might want to consider a virtual analog (VA). For a first VA look at the Novation KS4. It has plenty of knobs and sliders to make programming easy. It also has enough polyphony that you can layer patches or use it as a multi-tembre sound source. It is cheap compaired to many other VA's with the same specs. The other recommendation I would have is to see if you can find a used Roland JP8000. Either of these units are laid out logically and will be good to learn the art of programming your own patches. The Alesis Ion is out but I don't know that the panel is good for first time users. Not with eg's sharing the same set of knobs. The Korg MS2000 is OK but only has 4 note polyphony.



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Originally posted by Phait:

Ok what's the diff between pure analog and virtual analog keyboard?

Simple: Pure, or real, analog is simply 'analog'. Virtual analog (VA) are digital instruments set to mimic (model) the behavior of analog. There's great debate about their grade of success in doing so. All features being equal, VA is generally less expensive than analog.


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Here's some advice .


2 type's of keyboards ...one's with speakers and one's without speakers .


If your just starting out , a keyboard with speakers may be the best bet . Some keyboards with speakers have some good sounds, but you need to spend $400.00 to get them imo .


Look at a Yamaha DGX300 (76 keys) or DGX500 (88keys) or the Casio WK3000 or WK3500 respectively .


If you need 88 keys , same thing apply's ....

with or without speakers . Right now when you walk into a music store, you can find a decent selection of piano's with speakers for under $900.00 . Casio PS20 , Yamaha P60 and more .


If you need some more help , you can email me privately .



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Here's a slightly more in depth answer to your question; I didn't know the difference at first either. I hope I don't sound patronizing if you already know the basics of this stuff, but I'm sure somewhere out there this will at least be useful to someone.


When someone refers to an analog keyboard, what they're talking about is the circuitry. An analog synth has discrete circuits, and I don't mean that they keep a low profile! :) They're described as linear, and they generate linear waveforms; they can transmit an infinite number of voltages between "off" and "full power" (just like the second hand on an analog watch passes an infinite number of time values between 5 seconds and 10 seconds.) Think "continuous."


Digital synths (of which Virtual Analog synths are a subclass) use integrated circuits,

which for our purposes are either only "on" or "off". Because of this property they are described as nonlinear and generate nonlinear waveforms (a digital watch only displays five values between 5 and 10 seconds). Think "quantized."


Now that I've explained more than most musicians will (or ought to) care about, you're thinking so what? The reason why people are willing to pay so much more for real analog equipment than their digital simulator counterparts is that our ears generally (and I'd like to emphasize the generally for all you digital afficionados out there) find linear (analog) waveforms more--I don't want to say more pleasing than nonlinear (digital) ones, because that's not always the case--more "natural" sounding and digital ones more "artificial."


Whew! there, I hope that helps



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