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    Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    If so, I would be interested to know what you think of it- both for its keyboard action and controller features. I am going to sell my Motif XS8 since I rarely use it for sounds, hence it has become a very expensive controller. VSTi's just keep sounding better and better.

    Thanks!
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    "I would rather compose than decompose."


    Sean C. Dockery
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    Cubase 5, Komplete 6, Alchemy, PLAY, Vienna Instruments, Spectrasonics, and much more

    INTEL|CORE I7 980X 3.33G, 12G CORSAIR DDR3, SSD 160G|OCZ for OS.






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    Re: Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    i use the SL990XP and love it. Limited controllers of course but I bought a Korg NanoKontrol that rests on top of it.

    The VKM are supposed to have the best action. I would have bought that if not for the stupid lack of mod wheel. Mind you, there are assignable faders.

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    Re: Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    Wha'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis? No mod wheel??????? That be bad!!!!!

    That Nano Kontrol sure seems pretty cool, though, for $60.

    I was also checking out the new Studiologic/Fatar NUMA........but that doesn't seem to even have a pitch-bend wheel. What the heck???
    _______________________________________
    "I would rather compose than decompose."


    Sean C. Dockery
    www.SeanDockery.com




    Cubase 5, Komplete 6, Alchemy, PLAY, Vienna Instruments, Spectrasonics, and much more

    INTEL|CORE I7 980X 3.33G, 12G CORSAIR DDR3, SSD 160G|OCZ for OS.






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    Re: Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    Just so you know the fatar does have a pitch bend/modulation joystick, though it's kind of unconventionally placed. I wish I had one of these, everyone I know who has one loves the action. It's supposedly fatar's best keybed.
    Eric Matlock
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    Re: Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    I only use mine in the studio, so I can't comment on it's controller features. The action is absolutely wonderful. I actually prefer it to my Yamaha U1 upright.

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    Re: Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    You can never go wrong with Fatar (Studiologic) keyboard action, but after further research I may go for the new Yamaha KX8. What makes me a little apprehensive about the Studiologic is the lack of updates in the 3 years that it has been out, not to mention their are no controller templates- only a 3 year old Excel file with the MIDI info. The KX8 is up-to-date and works hand-in-hand with Cubase.....and seems to have a real pitch-bend/Mod wheel.....in a better place also.
    _______________________________________
    "I would rather compose than decompose."


    Sean C. Dockery
    www.SeanDockery.com




    Cubase 5, Komplete 6, Alchemy, PLAY, Vienna Instruments, Spectrasonics, and much more

    INTEL|CORE I7 980X 3.33G, 12G CORSAIR DDR3, SSD 160G|OCZ for OS.






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    Re: Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    Quantum- one thing- NO EXPRESSION PEDAL INPUT on the KX8. This is what pooched this one for me when my Fatar dies. I know the Yammy is under $1000 but what the hell does it cost to add another input for expression/assignable pedals?

    Sheesh. I would not go there personally. Also, I do not care for knobs and much prefer sliders. hence the NanoKontrol.

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    Re: Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    I thought of just getting the SL-990 Pro and the Nano, but I don't have a MIDI interface since I have been using USB controllers for years. I hate adding another thing into the mix (especially since I use Vista 32 & 64), but it is something to think about, I guess.
    _______________________________________
    "I would rather compose than decompose."


    Sean C. Dockery
    www.SeanDockery.com




    Cubase 5, Komplete 6, Alchemy, PLAY, Vienna Instruments, Spectrasonics, and much more

    INTEL|CORE I7 980X 3.33G, 12G CORSAIR DDR3, SSD 160G|OCZ for OS.






  9. #9

    Re: Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    I just went to "test-drive" the KX8. What a disappointment that the keys felt horrible to me..... I assumed they would be the same as on the Motif, but to no avail. I guess it will be a Studiologic then.
    _______________________________________
    "I would rather compose than decompose."


    Sean C. Dockery
    www.SeanDockery.com




    Cubase 5, Komplete 6, Alchemy, PLAY, Vienna Instruments, Spectrasonics, and much more

    INTEL|CORE I7 980X 3.33G, 12G CORSAIR DDR3, SSD 160G|OCZ for OS.






  10. #10

    Re: Does anyone use a Studiologic VMK-188 Plus?

    Sean,

    I have an SL-880.
    If I remember right, the only difference between the two was the 880 had aftertouch and more velocity curves.

    I find the action to be just 'okay'.
    It doesn't have a Expression jack, it has a Volume jack, which isn't that big of a deal, as you can work around that.
    What I really don't like about it, is the velocity response is terrible.
    you can't get a full 1-127 velocity. The middle is good, but the velocity in the high numbers have huge gaps in it, as well as the lower end.
    I also find it practically impossible to trigger low velocity. You can try to play as soft as possible with a feather and it will trigger 54 at best. The built in curves doesn't fix it.
    Also, there is from time to time mod wheel jitter, which drives me nuts!
    But I will say, it's better than most of the cheap 88 controllers that get put out these days.
    I really wish someone would put out a top notch 88 controller w/o sounds.

    To be honest, I don't really see anything out there worth downgrading from your Motif to.

    Unless you're hell bent to get rid of your Motif, I would consider keeping it.
    Sure the sounds are useless at the moment.
    However, when your compy goes down and is out of the picture for a short time. That is when you'll be happy you have some onboard sounds to tinker around with until you're up and going again.


    just my .02

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