[LAU] OT: Portable Keyboard
simon at systemparadox.co.uk
Tue Apr 22 19:51:55 EDT 2008
I'm posting here more out of desperation- I simply cannot find what I'm
looking for anywhere.
Basically I'm looking to replace my Evolution MK-461c midi controller
with something of a little bit better quality, and something capable of
producing it's own sounds (relying on a computer is often quite
inconvenient, especially since I haven't yet managed to find/setup good
enough quality sounds).
The main problem I'm having is finding something portable. My MK is 5
octaves (61 keys), and measures approx 97cm x 23cm x 9cm. The main point
is that this thing is a long rectangle. Every single other 5 octave
keyboard is getting on for square- with the same length, but having a
depth of about 60cm instead of 23cm. What is going on? I know they put
the speakers in there, but seriously? That's hardly portable, and I
*know* the additional electronics doesn't need to take up that much
room. The other serious problem with these is that they aren't even flat
squares - that I might be able to deal with, but all the ones I have
seen are more like wedge shapes and end up being stupidly high at the
back as well (again, well over twice the height of my MK).
The other major problem I have is that I need line out rather than just
a headphones socket. The main problem with the headphones socket (aside
from not really being as good for connecting to a PA system) is that it
mutes the speakers, which isn't very helpful since I'm likely to be
using PA systems without foldback capability. It seems that I have to go
to digital piano before I get line out.
Actually, weighted keys would be nice, but again, I have to go to
digitial piano to get that, and digital piano's are all 7.5-8 octaves,
which doesn't fit in my car. I've considered the possibility of a 6
octave, but I don't think that will fit either.
Does such thing as a "portable keyboard" suitable for live performance
Oh- one other thing- price is a major consideration (I originally bought
the MK because it was cheap).
I like the sound of Yamahas, and I nearly bought a PSR-E403 off ebay,
until I saw a better picture and discovered that it's a stupidly high
wedge, and that it has no line out.
Please, can anybody help me?
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