Shizzies! I have one or two albums worth of original instrumental music written that I'm looking to record and start performing live (playing the leads solo to backing tracks), but I am in need of new keyboards. I guess the best overall description is probably city pop or future funk, although I have a tendency to incorporate elements from a lot of different genres. Here's what I'm aiming for...
- Good preset library - Mostly looking for "iconic" 80s and j-fusion sounds (❤️ FM synths), but I don't particularly need or want to be able to create my own sounds from scratch
- Pitchbend/mod wheels and MIDI in/out - Planning on recording every part live, so flexibility with performance embellishment is important
- Lightness and portability - Still need decent ranges (49-76 keys maybe), but part of the reason my current setup isn't ideal is because my Yamaha MO8 alone weights ~50 lbs.
- Something modern? - Looking for retro sounds but a good interface; not necessarily on actual vintage gear (I'm open to it, but I've also run into some technical issues in the past)
- All onboard sounds - Don't really want a controller or VST; for the purposes of ease and simplicity, ideally I'd prefer self-contained workstations
I've heard that Roland's newer models also include the patch libraries from their vintage keyboards, but I haven't had much personal experience with them. I've got a Yamaha Reface DX but it's very small (both in key size and range), plus it doesn't have a mod wheel and the octave switch is bad too. I also have Super Audio Cart and a few other Kontakt libraries that I could probably use for the accompaniment and backing tracks, but I'd rather not rely on a laptop for anything live except for maybe playback (still figuring out the best way to do that, so certainly open to advice). I just don't want software crashing, as it often does, on stage. I also like the idea of having a kind of unified sound, so everything in the songs coming from like, maybe two good synthesizers that I also use live.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!