#1
Hi guys,

I didn't see a forum for keys so I decided to post here.

I currently play guitar but since keyboard players are hard to find, I decided to start learning the keys and play both on stage. I will be playing mostly Reggae keys.

So my questions are:

Any recommendations as far as the best way to play live(straight in to the PA, or amplify it)?
Good brand?
Should I use MIDI, or an USB keyboard to get sounds out of Logic/Garageband into the PA, and what's the best way to do that?
Anything else I need to know?

Thanks, any help is really appreciated!
www.youtube.com/user/AlexRGuitar
Gear:
-Egnater Renegade
-LTD EC-401VF
-LTD EC-256
Pedals:
-Crybaby 535Q, & Volume
-TC electronic NovaSystem
-Behringer VM1, VP1
-Line6 M5
-Joyo UD
-Boss NS-2, CH-1
-BBEBoostaGrande
-Moded FabEcho
#3
Cool, thanks! I'll keep that in mind. And I'd hate to carry two amps, one for my guitar and one for the keys.
www.youtube.com/user/AlexRGuitar
Gear:
-Egnater Renegade
-LTD EC-401VF
-LTD EC-256
Pedals:
-Crybaby 535Q, & Volume
-TC electronic NovaSystem
-Behringer VM1, VP1
-Line6 M5
-Joyo UD
-Boss NS-2, CH-1
-BBEBoostaGrande
-Moded FabEcho
#4
I use mine through the PA, it's easier and if you got a good PA system is sounds great.

I do recommend getting real keyboards/workstations/organs if you are planning to play live, but that's just personal for me. Some of my friends play through a midi keyboard and a computer but i prefer the real instrument.

Brand depends on what you are looking for. If it's just a keyboard, or if it's a workstation or an organ.
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#5
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I do recommend getting real keyboards/workstations/organs if you are planning to play live, but that's just personal for me. Some of my friends play through a midi keyboard and a computer but i prefer the real instrument.


most people do both. it's not uncommon for more established keyboardists to have a good series of different synths/midi controllers and a laptop available, especially if the band uses backing tracks or self-controls monitors - keyboardists usually get to deal with that fun stuff if the sound guy doesn't
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#6
I am in the same situation as you, except for a rock band. I advice you get a keyboard with good sounds in it, directly into a PA. On stage monitors or headphone can carry out your needs for onstage amplification.

I first used a KorgX50 alone, but now I also use it as a MIDI controller for complex covers like rammstein. But I get weary of going to a show with a computer, an usb audio interface, all the additional cables required AND my guitar gear (this needs a lot of powersupplys scattered everywhere...). Especially that small clubs never have place for an elaborate keyboard stand with all this side-quipement.

Depending on your budget, Nord and Korg are two brands that build great keyboards, even in the midrange.

My 2 cents...
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#7
Seeing as this is somewhat on topic, I'm thinking of getting myself a synth. My budget would be $600CDN at most. I'm looking to get something that can do Radiohead (Kid A type sounds) as well as The Postal Service and The Rentals. Any suggestions?
#9
Very cool, lots of good info. I'll go to GC this week and try some out and see what'll work better for me.
www.youtube.com/user/AlexRGuitar
Gear:
-Egnater Renegade
-LTD EC-401VF
-LTD EC-256
Pedals:
-Crybaby 535Q, & Volume
-TC electronic NovaSystem
-Behringer VM1, VP1
-Line6 M5
-Joyo UD
-Boss NS-2, CH-1
-BBEBoostaGrande
-Moded FabEcho