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Wasn't sure where to ask. I want something pretty straightforward. I really like what NORD makes but I can't afford it. Are there any other keys out there under say $300 that are sort of like that. I don't want a million different presets or anything, just something with a few good sounds I can tweak.
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#2
Does it have to be a stand-alone unit?

You could always use computer software and a MIDI keyboard controller
#3
This is the best i can recomend for budget.
http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.com/product?sku=439617V

EDIT: ^ Thats a good point.
If possible this is great.
http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.com/product?sku=700932V
Mixed with a good program you could have a great sound and lots of fun.
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#4
Theres not really a whole lot you can get in that price range other than those beginner keyboards. And those generally don't sound very good.

this is the best I can think of that's close your budget http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.com/product/Korg-MicroKORG-SynthesizerVocoder?sku=702244
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Does it have to be a stand-alone unit?

You could always use computer software and a MIDI keyboard controller

Yeah, that could work too. I'd rather have a standalone but if I can get a decent controller and some decent software for that price...
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Theres not really a whole lot you can get in that price range other than those beginner keyboards. And those generally don't sound very good.

How much more would I have to spend to get something decent? Right now the only thing I have is a vintage Wurlitzer 210 on a custom 410 cab/stand and the thing is amazing but it's got lot of sentimental value and It's not leaving my living room.
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Yeah, that could work too. I'd rather have a standalone but if I can get a decent controller and some decent software for that price...


http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Keystation-88es-USB-MIDI-Keyboard-Controller?sku=703607 you can get this and copy of FL studio, which in adition to having some decent stuff included is a VSTi host and there are tons of free VSTis out there.

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Oxygen61-61Key-Mobile-USB-Controller?sku=706312 heres another cheapish controller, with more tweakability.
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http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Keystation-88es-USB-MIDI-Keyboard-Controller?sku=703607 you can get this and copy of FL studio, which in adition to having some decent stuff included is a VSTi host and there are tons of free VSTis out there.

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Oxygen61-61Key-Mobile-USB-Controller?sku=706312 heres another cheapish controller, with more tweakability.

I like the 61. So at this price point you think it would be better to go with a controller?
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yeah, that's what I did (saving up for minimoog ATM) that way you get a ton of options. and pretty much unlimited expandability in terms of the sounds you can get. There are actually tons of pros out there that strictly use MIDI controller keyboards.
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#11
Look for old/vintage synths on eBay. There are tons of grossly underpriced great ones that always get sold. If you're looking to get a hardware synth, I wouldn't even consider buying new because of all the amazing stuff you can get used. For reference use www.vintagesynth.com

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meh, most vintage hardware doesn't go for that cheap. I have seen planty of old Access Virus As go for like $400, but usually the module versions that require a MIDI controller anyway.
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meh, most vintage hardware doesn't go for that cheap. I have seen planty of old Access Virus As go for like $400, but usually the module versions that require a MIDI controller anyway.

That's because Viruses are pretty much the staple synth for most EDM producers nowadays. There are plenty of old Korgs, Rolands, Yamahas, etc going for much less than they should. For example, you can find cheap Juno 60s and 106s, but they are super awesome synths.

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[quote="'[BurnTheDusk"]']Boss pedals may be built like tanks but I would rather buy a cardboard box that is on my side than pay for a tank that is working against me.
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Virus As aren't. I look at synths on eBay all the time, I've never seen a working Juno go for under $500. might be able to get a used microkorg though.
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All Viruses are loved a lot. This is why their resale value is so high. I guess I did forget that we are talking about $200 though.
In that case, running VSTs is probably the best bet.

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me, like I said, I've seen Virus As sell in the $400 range all the time, I'd definitely reccomend saving for one if you like modern EDM.
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Ohhh - I misunderstood you then. Yes, Viruses are great synths (heck, not just for EDM) and getting one would be a great investment.

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#18
if you want to raise your budget a bit, you can get a roland Juno-D which is an excellent and straightforward keyboard, it's got lots of piano sounds, organs, everything and they have an excellent sound quality, especially for the price.
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