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    I keep forgetting to dl that Valhalla Supermassive verb!! I have so many, but one more never hurts!

    I appreciate Tony Kaye more today than I did when I was a youngling.

    The Arturia KeyStep intrigues. I lean towards getting a Native Instruments controller due to the NKS support, but ye olde E-MU XBoard 49 still carries the weight for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNefariousHED View Post
    I keep forgetting to dl that Valhalla Supermassive verb!! I have so many, but one more never hurts!

    I appreciate Tony Kaye more today than I did when I was a youngling.

    The Arturia KeyStep intrigues. I lean towards getting a Native Instruments controller due to the NKS support, but ye olde E-MU XBoard 49 still carries the weight for me.
    Nice short piece you had on YouTube.
    The Keystep has aftertouch, which is always nice.

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    Deckard's Dream--you gotta love that as a name for a keyboard. I assume they took the name from Blade Runner? Just a guess on my part.

    Thanks for the input, I'm always curious about synth stuff. I too have seen many use a laptop in their performances, and evidently many use and like that.

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    Yep, the Deckard's Dream is a CS-80 replicant, capable of some pretty incredible sounds in and of itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    Nice short piece you had on YouTube.
    The Keystep has aftertouch, which is always nice.
    Thanks for checking that out. I'm happy with how the board mix sounded, and the manual sync process was simple since there an obvious beat on the track. The next video for YouTube was slightly more difficult due to the lack of a similar beat.

    I love aftertouch. The XBoard has it. My olde Kawai K4 has polyphonic aftertouch, which is fun. I've never used it as a controller though. Hmmmm... I assume it sends it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNefariousHED View Post
    Thanks for checking that out. I'm happy with how the board mix sounded, and the manual sync process was simple since there an obvious beat on the track. The next video for YouTube was slightly more difficult due to the lack of a similar beat.

    I love aftertouch. The XBoard has it. My olde Kawai K4 has polyphonic aftertouch, which is fun. I've never used it as a controller though. Hmmmm... I assume it sends it?
    The keystep sends aftertouch, but I don't think polyphonic. Funny if I play saxophone on my sampler, pressing the key to hard can give some anoying sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Yep, the Deckard's Dream is a CS-80 replicant, capable of some pretty incredible sounds in and of itself.
    Oh, John...that is such a delightful understatement!

    It is a killer CS-80-like instrument but does many wonderful things as well if I understand correctly.

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    Keyboards sending polyphonic aftertouch are pretty rare! Hydrasynth is one of the few of newer date. I got the QNexus minikeys which kyes sends both poly AT and individual "wiggle" (like the small keyboard of the GX-1). But for any normal playing the rubber keys are awful.

    However, virtually all software synths and a few hardware synths react to poly AT so a good poly AT controller is very useful once you find one. A Deckard would become the real Dream
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    Right now, the only in production keyboard that has poly aftertouch with a traditional keybed is the ASM Hydrasynth (which is an utterly amazing synth BTW).

    There are several unconventional instruments that can do poly AT or MPE (which is poly EVERYTHING): Keith McMillan's KBoard Pro, the Roli Seabords, Linnstrument, Continuum, and a few others. The Expressive E Osmose currently in production will be another entry with a more traditional keyboard but poly AT and MPE capabilities.

    It's one of those features that isn't really THAT desirable for most players but for the few who start messing with it, it starts to really become indispensable.

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