I am blocked in a deadlock.
I am in bad relationship with my one year old Arturia Keylab 61 mkII.
Reason is known here: many cases of stuck notes, after a new USB driver much less present.
But still an issue, because you can never be sure of a full gig without problems.
After NAMM I don’t see suitable new units.
There is a Roland 88 keys, but I don’t like hammer type.
I would appreciate more keys, sometimes useful if using a piano or rhodes emulations.
And more keys for splitting.
There is a new Arturia Keylab 88 essential: described as “velocity sensitive keyboard with hybrid synth-piano feel”. Hmmmm: I cannot buy something suspecting I will have troubles with stuck notes again!!!
Any experience here with Nektar LX88+, or Icon 8?
They are 88 keys but not hammer, and cheap enough.
I know there are 61 keys that I like.
Novation SL mkIII is nice, it can drive Reaper (my DAW), but keybed is not fantastic, and there are a lot of useless things (8 track sequencer, split and state management: I prefer C3 for those things). Expensive.
Native Kontrol S61 mkII is more intelligent: it can select select everything from my Native, Arturia and Uhe synths, but it cannot drive Reaper, and in pure MIDI mode has very few devices available for C3, keybed is very nice.
Or Akai Advance 61, very good keybed, but full of useless software (VIP)
I am puzzled…