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post Dec 30 2010, 07:36 AM
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Does anyone own or have used a Akai Mpk 88 with their OL gear? I am curious to hear if it integrates with a Neko XXL it would be great for live and for real players that want 88 hammered action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqGC0wF-jVI

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post Dec 30 2010, 09:03 AM
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http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.com/...iano?sku=706083

The wife got me this for Christmas, and it feels exactly like a grand. I was amazed, because of the price, but it is a great controller for piano players looking for the real piano feel.


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post Dec 30 2010, 09:51 AM
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QUOTE (funkyfingers @ Dec 30 2010, 08:36 AM) *
Does anyone own or have used a Akai Mpk 88 with their OL gear? I am curious to hear if it integrates with a Neko XXL it would be great for live and for real players that want 88 hammered action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqGC0wF-jVI

I heard it's an excellent piano style controller, plus you get all those akai MPC perks, swing, pads and you get more faders and knobs, which is always a good thing. Don't know how road worthy it is, but I'ts an excellent studio addition.
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post Dec 30 2010, 09:52 AM
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The reason I mentioned the board above, is that if you are going to use it primarily for a controller... there is no sense to spend more money for the same action you would get with the Casio. I know when people hear Casio, they think of the portable toys they used to make, but they really have something with this digital piano. The weighted keys are amazing to the touch. Again, I was in awe of the feel. I wanted something to keep my skills in check and give me the nuances of a real piano in my pieces in my XXL. Truthfully, though... the grand piano sound on this unit is very usable. Much better than any of the patches within my prior keyboard, the Roland Fantom G. WHich is shocking, to say the least... that a $300 digital piano has a better piano sound then a $2000 workstation. smile.gif

Just amazing what Casio was able to do for such a small price. Hopefully other manufacturers take note.


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post Dec 30 2010, 11:26 AM
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Funky, that controller looks awesome! I would try to check one out to feel the keys though I'm really not that picky. This would be cool paired with a Soundslate.


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post Dec 30 2010, 01:02 PM
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QUOTE (spaceinvader @ Dec 30 2010, 11:26 AM) *
Funky, that controller looks awesome! I would try to check one out to feel the keys though I'm really not that picky. This would be cool paired with a Soundslate.

Yeah it would but also with a XXL live


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post Dec 30 2010, 03:15 PM
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for sure!

These guys use similar boards with their DBeat. They run keys, vocal effects, and guitar rig from the DBeat in fact!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBHrZrnOfQ8


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post Dec 30 2010, 03:52 PM
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QUOTE (spaceinvader @ Dec 30 2010, 04:15 PM) *
for sure!

These guys use similar boards with their DBeat. They run keys, vocal effects, and guitar rig from the DBeat in fact!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBHrZrnOfQ8



Wow thanks Invader, I guess I got my road worthy visual. laugh.gif
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post Dec 30 2010, 04:04 PM
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Best Synth Action Controller for Dbeat2, Soundslate Pro, so far. Hands down the most intuative Software Mapping Intergration.




http://www.novationmusic.com/products/midi...troller/sl_mkii
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post Dec 30 2010, 04:17 PM
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QUOTE (D-Way @ Dec 30 2010, 04:04 PM) *
Best Synth Action Controller for Dbeat2, Soundslate Pro, so far. Hands down the most intuative Software Mapping Intergration.




http://www.novationmusic.com/products/midi...troller/sl_mkii

Hot..... but not 88


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post Dec 30 2010, 06:08 PM
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QUOTE (funkyfingers @ Dec 30 2010, 05:17 PM) *
Hot..... but not 88

I know Iknow too bad a weighted piano key version would be hot but alas it's a no go. that's why I said best synth action.

The Akai is the Move though
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post Jan 28 2011, 10:22 PM
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does this unit work well with the i7 64 bit sound slate pro?

it has mpc pads and controllers!!! but not motofaders!!! darn! its cheap too...

I can leave the MPC60 in the bone yard...

anyone have one of these... reliable? good build quality?

I have to get sumthin like this for the SS Pro and this looks good as long as it likes i7 and 64 bit


lookin on line they are selling for $550! not bad!!! I'll get it locally though and pay a little more so I can get it from my buddies and feel good about it too.

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post Jan 29 2011, 04:21 AM
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QUOTE (salvadoredelle @ Jan 28 2011, 10:22 PM) *
does this unit work well with the i7 64 bit sound slate pro?

it has mpc pads and controllers!!! but not motofaders!!! darn! its cheap too...

I can leave the MPC60 in the bone yard...

anyone have one of these... reliable? good build quality?

I have to get sumthin like this for the SS Pro and this looks good as long as it likes i7 and 64 bit


lookin on line they are selling for $550! not bad!!! I'll get it locally though and pay a little more so I can get it from my buddies and feel good about it too.

check out the CME VX88 with motorized faders also ph34r.gif


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post Jan 29 2011, 07:25 AM
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QUOTE (funkyfingers @ Jan 29 2011, 04:21 AM) *
check out the CME VX88 with motorized faders also ph34r.gif


I have the CME VX5 and the keybed is the best i know so far. A little better than my Motis ES6. The 88 key controller is great, the hammer action is great. I would recommend it but CME stop making drivers for all VX and their forum is no more. It works in Win7 64 bit quad core Q8300 so i'm pretty sure it will work with the i7. The motorized faders are good but not the best, still get some jitters from time to time. If these guys took more time and invest in these keyboards, they would have the best keyboard controller out there. I have a love hate relationship w/ my VX5.

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post Jan 29 2011, 10:08 AM
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QUOTE (funkyfingers @ Jan 29 2011, 02:21 AM) *
check out the CME VX88 with motorized faders also ph34r.gif



Yea Funky, I like that one a lot and it is pretty cheap too and looks like da kine BUTT!!! I hear it is not compatible with 64 bit ... I like the idea of the motofaders more the having drum pads and it has some small trigger pads too!!! I wonder if they are gonna update em to work in 64 bit land... if so I think I like it... I'll make a trip to the big city and see what I can look at and get all touchy feeley with em and see which one turns me on... Heck it may be that cheepy little casio BRader was raving about...
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post Feb 1 2011, 11:22 AM
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the akai controller is quite sturdy and well built by today's standards. Its one of the best controllers around. For me it doesnt replace the 60, but thats a different story.
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