Hi, I’m Alex.
I play 60 or 70 gigs a year - ska & reggae most weekends, functions most months but I’m now picking up a few deps for my mate’s 80s band - the need for gorgeous synths has finally persuaded me to join the new millennium and play VSTs live.
I use a Nord Stage 2 alone for the ska, stick an old Korg X5D on top (MIDI’d into the NS2,) for the reggae and the functions, and replace the Nord with a Fantom G6 for the synthtastic 80s.
But I was getting fed up with the “meh” pianos on the Nord, and the synths on the Fantom G aren’t that great. I hate editing through a letterbox, so the truth is I hardly ever bother.
I very nearly went out and just bought a Kronos, but I resent spending all that cash, so instead yesterday I found one of these babies refurbed:
A decent quad i7, maxed out with 32Gb of DDR4 for just over UK£800 all in, with the footprint of a paperback book.
Along with one of those 10" Lilliput USB touchscreens, Komplete 11 and a copy of Cantabile the whole rig will cost me roughly half of what I would have dropped on a Kronos.
I’ll use the NS2 to run it, and keep it patched in for emergency backup sounds.
I’m particularly excited cos I’m not a studio guy - I only play live, so I’ve never really used VSTs before, but I think taking this route gets me a range and quality of sounds that I’d never get anywhere near on any hardware synth.
Looking forward to putting the time in to learning all the software. Not sure my girlfriend feels the same way…
I’ll show you some progress when I have some.
Have I missed anything please? I’d really value input & ideas from anyone who’s been doing this longer than me (which is everyone likely to read this!)
PS What is it with keyboard players being coders? Half the regulars here seem to be. I’m a dev manager at a dot.com lol