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    Cool concept, although I've used similar devices before (Roland D-Beam, a small Eurorack infrared sensor interface, the Alesis Air boxes, etc.). For me, they're a bit too unpredictable for most uses (and not able to be subtle enough to be useful for a pure noise use case).
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    Now you can use your midi keyboard on the internet through Firefox 108.
    Because....the cloud?
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    This is sort of interesting. A VCVRack running in your browser.

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    I have a question that perhaps someone with experience in these matters can answer. A while back I acquired an old Casio keyboard, but it's a relatively high-end one with several octaves and has a nice range of sounds etc. I wanted to use it for practice as this is the only keyboard I have with weighted keys and nice action.

    The issue is that I pulled it off the shelf and found that one key does not generate any sound whatsoever. So, my question is what to do? Could this be as simple as a "bad contact" that requires a cleaning? Will I be taken to the cleaners if I take this to a larger music store that has a service department? Is it probably a lost cause in terms of an inexpensive fix? Any thoughts or insight appreciated as I am obviously largely ignorant in these matters.

    On a related note, if this does not work out can anyone recommend a nice master keyboard controller with weighted keys, pianistic action blah blah blah?

    Thanks!

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    So, just my $0.02:

    About 5 years ago when I had some issues with my old MKS-50 I investigated the "bigger" music store options and they were a waste. Some quick Googling online turned up some smaller but far more appealing options, including this one whom I ended up using: http://www.thesisaudio.com/

    I would also say, there might be folks right here on PE who have the experience and might even be willing to help out.

    In the worst case? For a good master controller I'd suggest popping by Chuck Levin's in Silver Spring or even a GuiTarget...maybe not to buy but simply to put your hands on the different full-size keyboards and decide which one feels the most "comfortable" for you. Weighted hammer-action keyboards can vary quite a bit between brands, and sometimes the one that feels best to you might be an unexpected option. I'd even probably go for buying from Chuck Levin's just because they're kinda local and have reasonable prices IMHO...otherwise, Sweetwater would most definitely help hook you up.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    This is sort of interesting. A VCVRack running in your browser.

    https://cardinal.kx.studio/
    Trippy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    So, just my $0.02:

    About 5 years ago when I had some issues with my old MKS-50 I investigated the "bigger" music store options and they were a waste. Some quick Googling online turned up some smaller but far more appealing options, including this one whom I ended up using: http://www.thesisaudio.com/

    I would also say, there might be folks right here on PE who have the experience and might even be willing to help out.

    In the worst case? For a good master controller I'd suggest popping by Chuck Levin's in Silver Spring or even a GuiTarget...maybe not to buy but simply to put your hands on the different full-size keyboards and decide which one feels the most "comfortable" for you. Weighted hammer-action keyboards can vary quite a bit between brands, and sometimes the one that feels best to you might be an unexpected option. I'd even probably go for buying from Chuck Levin's just because they're kinda local and have reasonable prices IMHO...otherwise, Sweetwater would most definitely help hook you up.

    Good luck!
    Thanks, that's helpful. Regarding the worst-case scenario, I usually go to Bill's Music House in Cantonsville or the great Appalachian Bluegrass store just down the street - the place to go to get an acoustic guitar or any plucked string instrument fixed. I haven't been to Chuck's since the late 70s or early 80s. Maybe it's time for no other reason than nostalgia :-). I think the sheer snotty attitude of their sales folks back then really turned me off big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Cat View Post
    Thanks, that's helpful. Regarding the worst-case scenario, I usually go to Bill's Music House in Cantonsville or the great Appalachian Bluegrass store just down the street - the place to go to get an acoustic guitar or any plucked string instrument fixed. I haven't been to Chuck's since the late 70s or early 80s. Maybe it's time for no other reason than nostalgia :-). I think the sheer snotty attitude of their sales folks back then really turned me off big time.
    I’ll be another voice advocating for you laying your paws over as many keyboards as possible. Only then (along with researching the controls) can you decide what keyboard bed feels best.

    I too used to be put off by salesman attitudes back in the day. But that was then. And even back then I chose to see it from their side…all sorts of people clamoring to play stuff…it probably wasn’t fun. Ultimately, it really only matters that you get the best gear at the best price. You can put up with a lot in the search for the right gear.

    Let us know what you find.

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    I love my M-Audio Keystation Pro 88.
    It has piano action and weighted keys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    I love my M-Audio Keystation Pro 88.
    It has piano action and weighted keys.
    For the price, it was amazingly good. Perhaps Quantum Cat would do well to track one down and try it.

    I have one sitting in a box; I have several 88 note synths so it is a bit redundant currently. I sure wish i could find a local person to sell it to!

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    Thanks very much for the suggestions. I've only had that bad experience at the one store back in the day and they were absolutely famous for treating non-VIP customers (i.e. "kids") like shit. These days I'm treated very, very well indeed.

    ...and there's are a few M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 on reverb right now for $200 - $250.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Cat View Post
    Thanks very much for the suggestions. I've only had that bad experience at the one store back in the day and they were absolutely famous for treating non-VIP customers (i.e. "kids") like shit. These days I'm treated very, very well indeed.

    ...and there's are a few M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 on reverb right now for $200 - $250.
    Let us know what you end up with.

    And where in Mer-land by the way?
    I was born in Bethesda.

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    I grew up in Silver Spring and spent a fair amount of days clomping around Bethesda. I gradually moved north and now reside in Columbia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Cat View Post
    I grew up in Silver Spring and spent a fair amount of days clomping around Bethesda. I gradually moved north and now reside in Columbia.
    Ah, the Old Neighborhood. How cool!

    Please let us know what controller you decide upon. If you were here in town, I’d just give you my M-Audio. But of course the shipping on something that big and heavy is the issue. You don’t have an Uncle with a shipping company, do ya? LOL

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    Back to the p0rn topic

    Expensive PPG-clone:ish but man...

    My Progressive Workshop at http://soundcloud.com/hfxx

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    Ah, very cool. I have the Waldorf PPG VST, plus at least two other Wavetable hardware synths so this one doesn't lure me in TOO hardcore.

    On the other hand, the end of the Expressive-E Osmose wait is nigh! Folks outside North America have started to receive theirs, and we here in NA should expect to get our updates as soon as the bulk shipment arrives in New York.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hFx View Post
    Back to the p0rn topic

    Expensive PPG-clone:ish but man...

    Looks interesting, but if it's very expensive, I rather not watch the whole video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Ah, very cool. I have the Waldorf PPG VST, plus at least two other Wavetable hardware synths so this one doesn't lure me in TOO hardcore.

    On the other hand, the end of the Expressive-E Osmose wait is nigh! Folks outside North America have started to receive theirs, and we here in NA should expect to get our updates as soon as the bulk shipment arrives in New York.
    Exciting!!

    When you get it please give us a Review.

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    Good to see LBD appearing everywhere. She's a great Columbus artist.
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    Howdy. I publish (and write for) TabMuse, a music technology resource, covering synths, effects, and more -- software and hardware. I took a deep dive into the recording of the new Church of Hed album, The Father Road so check it out if the synth and software word intrigue you. Thanks!

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    The Skulpt is pretty cool and fun for MPE experiments for sure (I have two from the Kickstarter campaign). Roli gadgets are pretty popular, I hope you enjoy!

    IF the Sensel gang ever return with a new offering, I'd strongly suggest their stuff to anyone with an interest in MPE. The Morph remains my favorite MPE device bar none.
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    Yes, I love the Skulpt SE's sonics, I wish the output was a bit stronger. I used it on The Father Road for ambient road noise and paired it with the Korg Z1 for a searing synth lead.
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    On topic: I have always been interested in the Skulpt SE but haven’t jumped in yet.

    Off Topic: I sold my old Casio CZ-1000 today to a young man from Phoenix! He seemed thrilled with it. He said that when he say my CL ad he felt that he needed to buy it now because he says that the Casio “sound” is getting more popular. I early like that it is going to a young person that is energized to use it. It sat unused in the original box for the last three decades!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotron View Post
    On topic: I have always been interested in the Skulpt SE but haven’t jumped in yet.

    Off Topic: I sold my old Casio CZ-1000 today to a young man from Phoenix! He seemed thrilled with it. He said that when he say my CL ad he felt that he needed to buy it now because he says that the Casio “sound” is getting more popular. I early like that it is going to a young person that is energized to use it. It sat unused in the original box for the last three decades!!!
    Very cool, glad you found a home for the CZ

    I've got a handful of gear that doesn't quite have a home, trying to decide what I want to do with it all. Thinking about some creative solutions...

    In unrelated news, the Cherry Audio GX-80 is a masterpiece of a soft synth. All it needs is MPE capability and it'd be literally flawless in my book. I also think the Cherry Audio team did a vastly better job at creating presets that really show why the CS-80 and GX-1 are considered some of the greatest synths of all time. Even programming a super simple sawtooth pad with minimal bells & whistles resulted in a massive sound that was incredibly inspiring.
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