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Who plays arranger keyboard in their church, and why?

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Comment by Michael Blue on January 9, 2009 at 8:15am
Well, you're too far away or I'd offer to sit in with you. :)
Comment by David Gambill on January 9, 2009 at 12:07am
I would like to be able to accomodate 2 players, one playing organ, horns, strings, etc. to fill in. I don't have a 2nd keyboardist right now but hope to soon, and I like using a piano sound of some sort most of the time. Changing to horns, strings, or organ and switching back and forth during a single song takes too much concentration from me! It's work for me. I would rather have a keyboard ready to go on organ or whatever, so that I can just move up to it with very little effort, and then back down to my piano. I'm trying to add color and depth to our music. We have a drummer, acoustic guitar, lead guitar, bass, and subs for all of them, but only me on keys. You are correct, Korg has some great ograns. I just want to use organ more but not in place of a piano, in addition to it. I have an Alesis Quadrasynth Plus Piano as well, but the organs on it are less than adequate in my opinion. My goal is to add another keys player, so I'm preparing for that day. God will bring us someone!! I've found some organ sounds that I can add to the Alesis, and they might do the trick. I forget about the Alesis, a friend has it borrowed from me.
Comment by Michael Blue on January 8, 2009 at 10:47pm
OK, I get it now. :) Re the XK1 though, Korg is famous for their organs though, why the need for the Hammond? Are you planning on having 2 different players, or needing both boards to be doing different things at once?
Comment by David Gambill on January 8, 2009 at 9:53pm
Yeah, performance board is what I need, and I've never been brave enough to use a sequenced song during live worship anyway. Too many variables! Sorry, I meant to say Hammond XK1. The Korg sounds are more appealing to me than the Yamaha, and I'm not a big Roland fan either. I really wanted a Kurzweil, but I have talked myself out of that after reading user reviews and comments made on this site, and no one in my area has any in stock to put my hands on. The polyphony of the M50 has me hesitant though. My old RD500 had only 28 voice polyphony I think, and I did drop out frequently on that board. Happens every once in a while on my Triton, but usually just when I need it to!
Comment by Michael Blue on January 8, 2009 at 8:47pm
Yeah, sounds like you're on the right track then, I didn't realize you were looking for a live performance board. The M50 is good for that, so long as you don't need the KARMA function or polyphony of the M3. The M50 is exactly that; a scaled-back M3 without some of the functions, but still a good live performance board.
I'm not familiar with the Hammond X1, what is that? Is it something the M3 couldn't do?
Comment by David Gambill on January 8, 2009 at 5:23pm
Michael, I hadn't considered the M50 either until I came across one, and it has some new sounds that are just what we need at our church...great string pads, great pianos both acoustic and electric, some good vintage sounds too. The strings are improved over the Triton, and I really like the Triton but I want to keep it at home to work from, and station a new board at the church. I don't really NEED a workstation, I am looking for a great mix of sound to use in live worship; primarily great pianos and strings, and I want an organ setup and ready to go without having to change sounds, so I was thinking a separate board would work best. I skipped the OASYS, although I know it's a great workstation. The M50 is a "cheaper" unit, but the quality of the sounds, ease of navigation, and the sequencer to boot makes it appealing. Not what I originally thought I wanted. I buy seldom, so I try to buy smart! I need a performance keyboard. My understanding is that the M50 is a scaled back M3, but it has some newer sounds. The polyphony is disappointing though at 80 voices max. A M50 and a X1 together cost almost the same as a M3...
Comment by Michael Blue on January 8, 2009 at 9:10am
Depending on your budget, the M3 is a terrific workstation. Since you already have the Triton, you could get the M3-M, skip the keybed and save some money.
Really depends on what you're doing with it, but I've been debating between the M3 and the OASYS, not even considering the M50. I'm really hoping to be able to add an OASYS to the studio within the next couple of months. :D
Comment by David Gambill on January 8, 2009 at 4:57am
Spent a few hours playing around on a Korg M50, Yamaha S90es, and Motif, but haven't checked out the Fantom. Thinking about pairing the M50 as a stage piano (;t's not a terrific workstation, but the sounds are rich) with a Hammond X1, and using my Triton Studio at home to record. Any suggestions about a better way?
Comment by jhelloy on January 3, 2009 at 6:43pm
Top Keyboard workstations... my choice...

Korg Oasys... Yamaha Motif xs ... Roland Fantom x8... if you have all three... you are very very lucky...
Comment by jhelloy on January 3, 2009 at 6:40pm
hi michael, i have the KORG Trit extreme... and i would say the Oasys is really the top of the line in the korg workstations... its like 3 synths in one plus a mixer and a hard disk recorder in one... its got a drum machine as well... expensive though but its worth the price if you want to do everything on the keyboard... you can connect a mic and record everything on it... m3 is just a small part of the oasys its the upgrade of the korg m1 which was one of the popular vintage synths years back...

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