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Who plays arranger keyboard in their church, and why?

Started by Allan Midgley. Last reply by Allan Midgley Mar 11, 2013. 10 Replies

Favorite Sounds?

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Comment by Howard Francis on July 29, 2010 at 10:25am
Forgot to mention! if you are in London on 7th August I'm running a keyboard masterclass which will give you inspiration in your playing, new chords and techniques, show you how to be more confident in your playing and give you personal advice and help - if you want to come down would be GREAT to meet you! 11am til 1pm. For more info contact me at - we also have one on 11th September just in case you can't make the August one! thanks, Howard Francis
Comment by Howard Francis on July 28, 2010 at 5:21pm
Hi everyone - I'm Howard Francis from the UK. Gospel songwriter and keyboard player, endorsed by Yamaha - I'm blessed to be able to play my keyboards for a living! I'm sharing my keyboard tips and advice on my own musicians network - would be great to see you on there - you can share videos, tips, advice etc. I really want to reach out and help other keyboard players so see you there! my normal website is - thanks very much!
Comment by Kayla Erickson on May 3, 2010 at 6:15pm
Thanks Allan. I know my worship leader is dreaming of a Korg...who knows if that is going to happen:) I just hope that we get one this week. Otherwise I have nothing to play this weekend:(
Comment by Allan Midgley on May 3, 2010 at 11:18am
Currently, i am looking at a new Yamaha S70XS, it is hammer action and lighter and easier to carry than the S90 XS but has some very nice features for performances in mind. Better than the old S90ES IMO and a top piano sound to boot.
Comment by Kayla Erickson on May 1, 2010 at 6:09pm
Any suggestions as to a good, reasonably priced keyboard for my church to purchase??? We are in need of new one:) Here is why....
Have to share a funny story with my fellow keyboardists. The keyboard at our church broke several years ago before I started attending. A couple of the tech guys managed to take it apart, re-wire it and it has been "usable" ever sense. Now after "fixing" it they realized they had switched some wires around making the damper peddle play backwards. Lately it has even been developing a horrible hiss whenever we use the peddle. Because of all this the worship leader and myself have been trying to advocate for a new one, but other things kept coming up that were more pressing to spend the money on.
Funny part of the band practice Thursday night my roommate (who is a generally clumsy person) accidentally sat on the cable, pulling on the bad wiring. Because of this what little sound that comes out is scratchy and cuts in and out:) So, now we have to go keyboard shopping....Is it bad that I am so happy about my instrument getting broken:) Hooray for clumsiness!!!
Comment by Larry Reed on March 19, 2010 at 5:27pm
What MIDI controllers are you using? I'm wondering why you can't merge the functions of one or both of them.

I don't have direct experience with the Motif or Phantom, so i can't help you there.
Comment by chris siegle on March 19, 2010 at 2:57pm

I have a question for you.......does anybody out there have experience with a motif and a phantom? If so, which did you find most useful for your praise and worship band? Need to submit a budget request for 2011 in a few weeks, and need some opinions. Right now I am using a Yamaha S90, Kurzweil PC88, M-Audio Por Keys 88, and two midi controller keyboards for my soft synths....that makes a 5 keyboard rig, and I would like to get that down to 2, but am concerned that my options for sounds and fill will not be there....My Kurzweil is slaved off the S90 to give me additional layering behind the S90, the Pro Keys 88 is used only for strings using the string and synth pad layered together, and the two midi controllers are controlling all the soft synths in Reason 4. Would like to get simpler, but do not want to loose the capability of having 3 to 4 parts going in large sound sections of our service. And no, we do not have another keyboard player available......all help would be greatly appreciated.

Comment by Larry Reed on January 11, 2010 at 1:34am
Hey, I actually wrote a piece based on that behavior. But I could turn it on and off when I wanted to. Sounds like this shop didn't know what they were doing.

If you are in the Bay Area, I go to place in San Mateo called CAE sound, and they've done great work for me over the last 20 years. Its obviously not real convenient, but if you're down here for other reasons, you might want to try them out.

Good luck, and God Bless!
Comment by Amy Dare on January 10, 2010 at 9:39pm
I've had it in the came back in worse shape than it arrived! Instead addition to the one problem (that they couldn't fix), it also had a previously repaired glitch. too sad. Elverta's in the Sacramento area. It was a factory authorized repair place, but they couldn't fix the keyboard. :-( I really miss my Triton! (The first problem: The keyboard would randomly stop producing sound, even though it was still on. Rebooting it would make it work for a short time. The second problem: Pressing 1 key would generate 2 tones, about a 4th apart...which made hitting a triad painful)
Comment by Larry Reed on January 10, 2010 at 9:35pm
Hmm, where is Elverta, CA anyway?

If you have a local audio shop, especially one that specializes in musical instruments, take it there and see what they can do. I'd check a local music store that sells keyboards and see where they recommend you take it.

If it is really just dead with no hope, take it to your local electronics recycling center. They can recycle the good parts and keep it from going into a land fill.

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