They all sound like crap to. From a cheap alesis to a yamaha motif..maybe its the house pa maybe its the patch but I have yet to find one I like..usually run the keys mono that shouldnt have anything to do with it. Eq seems to make it worse. Am I missing something here?
Kurzweil, Kurzweil, Kurzweil. The PC3 series has incredible acoustic and electric pianos, strings, a decent tonewheel clone, and a lot of synth power to be unlocked. The top end Korg stuff is very good, too. I've played an Oasys since 2005 and still love it. The newer Kronos is a little bit dumbed down, but is still very good sounding.To my knowledge, Alesis hasn't done anything much for a decade, and even though everyone plays Yamaha, I've never been that thrilled.The other issue is that there are very few "keyboard" players that actually play the whole "keyboard" as their instrument, including tone adjustments to make them work in a live setting. There are lots of "piano" players who play a keyboard, and sometimes may push a non-piano button (and then usually play it like a piano - there's nothing quite like attempting to play a lead synth sound, pad, organ, etc. with a solo-piano comping style).
-usually run the keys mono that shouldnt have anything to do with it.
"...mono from the "L/Mono" out on the keyboard typically sounds like crap...."
Ted -Strongly disagree about running keys in mono. Modern keyboards have much of their sound setups designed to work best in stereo, and mono from the "L/Mono" out on the keyboard typically sounds like crap. Before you throw in the towel on your axe, I would try stereo using both L & R outputs, fully panned, into 2 channels through a stereo/dual mono system. If all the PAs you play through are mono, you'll never attain the designed output of you instrument. Still, plugging both outputs into 2 channels of a mono mixer is better than using the mono out of most keys, for most brands.The only reasons, other than L/R system shading, to have a stereo system are better sounding playback, stereo effects, and stereo keys, IMO.-Tim T
On my ancient Kurzweil K2000, I have 10 different piano patches from dark to bright. Same with B3, Rhodes and Wurli sample patches.
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