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but think microkorgs are the indie standard issue
they're not that great really, too small keys for any serious playing and yeah the sounds are good but you're far better getting either an old analogue for the same money (Yamaha An1x, Cs1x or Roland type thing) or something like a Novation K station which can also double up as a midi controller or whatever with a computer.
You'll get used to the small keys pretty quickly, and I have massive hands (ie: Rachmaninoff handspan) and I don't find it a bother - the actual keyboard itself is only physically 3 octaves long, but it has octave buttons allowing you to extend down or up by another 2 octaves (so 7 in total).
The two things I dislike most about it are the fact that there is no decent preset piano-like sound (and I still haven't been able to fiddle one out of it on my own) and the max polyphony is only 4 keys, but the MicroKorg has other things to offer, such as a truly astounding set of fantastic electro sounds, synth controls you will not better on a keyboard of similar size or price and a bass output that is simply staggering and bowel disturbing.
Best money I ever spent on an instrument since I bought a telecaster guitar nearly 15 years ago. Either way, the MicroKorg is not designed to be used as your 'only' keyboard, more to integrate perfectly into a setup, but to be honest, it's so much goddamned fun on its own that you won't really care. Plus you can wang some batteries in it, plug in some headphones and piss off to the park with it without looking like a total wazzock.
Yes, they are good for the price and have some great sounds, but EVERYBODY has one, and all the sounds have been used on thousands of records already. They are so widely used that they are starting to just sound cheesy, i.e. the huge amount of Microkorg presets that nearly ruin the new Gang Gang Dance LP.
Get an Alesis Micron instead - roughly the same price, more sounds that are more tweakable than the korg, and it looks cooler too.
my band use a micron, so much more versatile than a microkorg, full size keys and the sounds are more edit-able.
is the rank stupidest reason ever. There's a reason the MicroKorg is ubiquitous - it's fucking brilliant.
If you do get a microkorg, then avoid the presets. That way everyone's happy.
When I played my friends one, I recreated a significant chunk of The Fiery Furnaces back catalogue with the presets. It was deflating.
yeah it has some good features but when you can get a proper analogue synth or better digital for the same price i'd go for that anyday, plus the little keys are incredibly annoying and i'd forgotten just how little polyphony it has.
And i think its a valid reason not to get something because everyone else has it...you can tell a microkorg a mile off in most songs because its so overused!
I'm in love with an inanimate object.
So this is also helpful, as well as slightly pornographic. Thanks theseabass
Nerd porn. That guy also steampunked his entire computer. Amazing skills.
It's beautiful. Tears in my eyes :''')
The Steampunk Strat too!
I like the SH201 but I can't play properly so I'm getting a MKorg (yes - toy like but fkin cool fun - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=v0yxfVUs1lY)
I like the Triton series too - depends how good you are.
Ignore the fella's voice - hear him play.
get a Korg Microkontroller instead, much better for composition and shit. BELIEVE
but if you can find one, and can handle using a laptop at the same time, get one. MIDI is easy, you'll pick it up - and it's not like you need to know a lot to use a MicroKontrol.
And for all the haters who diss the small keys... fuck you. I like the small keys. Most keyboards for the same size only have 25 keys and you can do fuck all with that.
though, especially for people used to playing pianos and full size keys. with the small keys its sometimes difficult to play stuff that requires a lot of dexterity, and they have no aftertouch or weight to them. But fair enough if you like the smallness, personally i just find them too small..
cheaper, bigger, better, prettier than a microkorg
It cost £150 new. It's small enough for my studio (spare room) and makes some good bass tones.
if not, then i strongly suggest trying out the nord lead (i got the 2x but there is a 3 now). it took me awhile to save up for it (they cost about 1000 US dollars) but it's totally worth it for its range of analogue sounds and tweakability. that thing is a fucking beast. but yeah, if you want something cheap then a microkorg or alesis micron are both pretty good.
or b) a good, proper stage piano ?
a) Alesis Micron has some amazing sounds, very customisable....not entirely user friendly, but a helpful manual.
b) Yamaha P-90 stage piano (or whatever the replacement model is) has a brilliant piano, and good electric piano, harpsichord, strings and organ (jazz and church) sounds.