eric Posted November 12, 2003 Share Posted November 12, 2003 So I just bought a Roland V-Combo about 6 weeks ago and have been acclimating to this board as my all-in-one gig solution, replacing an RD600 and Electro. I enjoy the V-Combo for its simplicity, UI and drawbars. The sound meets my expectations and SRX boards help a lot in that area. Well, I spent some time on a Motif ES6 today and have succumbed to the power of this instrument. It was the first time Ive played one in a quiet environment where I could really experiment and listen closely. Ive got major gear lust at this point and determined to add an ES to my lineup ASAP. Problem is, gear of that magnitude will need to be used on gigs to earn its keep and Ive just steamlined my gig rig, so Im truly plagued with what to do! I still love the drawbars on the V-Combo, but felt like the ES killed the V-Combo in every other sound category (not to mention the fun arps and workstation features). Heres the quandary: Do I keep the V-Combo and add an ES6 for the least expensive route? The drawback is going back up to two keyboards, somewhat duplicative of one another. Do I swap my V-Combo for an ES7? Then Im staying with the one keyboard approach, but losing the drawbars I enjoy so much. It does seem that the ES has some pseudo-drawbar functionality in the organ sounds with different samples layered under the sliders. Do I go with an ES7 and a dedicated drawbar organ or module? Finally, I still like the ES8, but it is so big and heavy that I would not enjoy schlepping it all over the place for gigs and rehearsals. Is anyone using an ES for their all-in-one gig keyboard and if so, how do you like it? Im mainly concerned about the ease of switching between piano, organ, EP and clav on the fly, layering sounds so they can be introduced via slider or pedal (e.g. piano with string layer). I also have some concern over the robustness of the ES6 and 7 keyboards...will they stand up to a lot of gigging and heavy playing or are they better reserved for the studio. In general is the Motif a roadworthy keyboard? These are just some of the thoughts plaguing me right now...any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Eric Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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