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  1. #1
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    88 key midi controller

    My son is going off to music school and needs a controller with the best possible REAL piano action available. Fatar SL-990XP? SL-880Pro? He doesnt need a synth or built in sounds - just a controller with MIDI I/O to practice on in his dorm.

    Can anyone recommend.

    Thanks,

    Jim

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    Re: 88 key midi controller

    Hey Jim, I use the sl880, and I really like it. I\'m no concert pianist, so can\'t comment about the action, but it feels nice to me.

    Toby.

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    Re: 88 key midi controller

    SL880 works for me. It\'s programmable about as deep as you want and the two midi outs are a Godsend. The action feels great btw.

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    Re: 88 key midi controller

    [ QUOTE ]
    My son is going off to music school and needs a controller with the best possible REAL piano action available. Fatar SL-990XP? SL-880Pro? He doesnt need a synth or built in sounds - just a controller with MIDI I/O to practice on in his dorm.

    Can anyone recommend.

    Thanks,

    Jim

    [/ QUOTE ]

    The Kawai 9500 is now considered the best.

  5. #5

    Re: 88 key midi controller

    Yep, the Kawai MP9500 is the best available.
    But be warned: it weighs 50% more than a Fatar.

    Read this review from Sound on Sound magazine.

  6. #6

    Re: 88 key midi controller

    i second the sl880 --- granted no controller i;ve played lets you \'dig in\' like a real piano, but this is the best feeling one i\'ve played yet. and lite enough action to jam out some electric piano/organ stuff, as well.

  7. #7

    Re: 88 key midi controller

    I just played on a Roland Fantom-X8 with weighted keys. It\'s a real joy to play on this keyboard. The feel is good and the action is incredibly fast. The new onboard piano isn\'t too shabby either. It\'s not Worra but hey...(drum flam)


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    Alex Cremers

  8. #8

    Re: 88 key midi controller

    The Roland Fantom-X8 is indeed really a joy to play [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
    But due to budget reason I\'m going for the SL-880 Pro [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

  9. #9

    Re: 88 key midi controller

    When I was at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, I got to play both,
    the new Fantom X8 and the Kawai MP9500. Both have
    really nice keyboards. Couldn\'t say which I\'d prefer.
    I\'d probably go for the Fantom, as it\'s other features
    are much better than the Kawai and it\'s only about
    600 Euro more expensive.

    Also had a try on the new M-Audio weighted USB-
    keyboard. Didn\'t like it\'s feeling that much. I really
    do prefer the feeling of my old Yamaha KX88. On
    the other hand it\'s got really nice controls and is
    pretty inexpensive...

    Tobias

  10. #10

    Re: 88 key midi controller

    All I know is I love my SL-1100 (Fatar). And you can get \'em at a good price.

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