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Unread 07-21-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Keyboard Question

What are those little keyboard things called and what do you use them for?? they're about a foot and a half long and look cool from the distance.

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Unread 07-21-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
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Keyboards, I think.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 09:11 PM   #3
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yeah ok, but .... whats the point? they look like they only have one and a half octaves on them.
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yeah ok, but .... whats the point? they look like they only have one and a half octaves on them.
Well, there's two things I can think of.

First is something like a microKORG, this guy:


Those are fun little synths. They have pretty great pads and bass sounds on them. I owned one for a couple years, and played it during shows every now and then.

The other thing is a keyboard controller for a laptop synthesizer or something like that. Bassist in my old band would bust one of those out every now and then.


They're not really for full piano-like playing. They're synthesizers meant for some pads and leads, or basslines and the like. The keys are smaller, so they do fit 3 whole octaves on there. I know a lot of piano guys who played basslines on the synth and then the rest on full sized keys, or vice versa. They're just nice little flexible additions when you don't want an entire second full sized keyboard.
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sweet. i'm starting to play keys in one of our youth bands and figured something like this would be easy to play ... less keys
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Well, the way you approach the instrument is completely different. It's a synthesizer, it's descended from the Moog, and not really the piano. So in a lot of respects, I think with all the programming involved with getting the most out of the synth, it's probably easier to just go with a simple digital piano-like keyboard.
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is there a big difference between a keyboard and a synth?
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is there a big difference between a keyboard and a synth?
Well, I'd divide up the world of keyboards into a few different categories.

The simplest to figure out, I think, are the digital pianos. These are the ones which will generally have a main Grand Piano sound, and then various other patches that are accessed by their own button on the console, electric pianos, organs, strings, etc. These are meant to play sampled sounds and instruments from the sound bank.

Now, a synthesizer is an instrument which is generally set up to create new synth sounds based on a series of oscillators, filters, arpeggiators, and effects. So you set up your main oscillators and filters to make your sounds. Might be an analog synth or an FM synth, or a newer digital synthesis engine. Or a hybrid of all these. The microKORG is a lot like these.

Then there are keyboard production workstations which include a bunch of performing and arranging tools to produce and record music on the keyboard.
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ok conclusion ..... go with a keyboard, thanks dude
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ok conclusion ..... go with a keyboard, thanks dude
Noooo

Get a piano :P
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theyre too big and heavy
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Work out. :P

But seriously...

Oh Jon of great knowledge, what's a vocoder? We have one at my church but it seems like a small synth to me.
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Work out. :P

But seriously... .
just gain another 600lb?
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Work out. :P

But seriously...

Oh Jon of great knowledge, what's a vocoder? We have one at my church but it seems like a small synth to me.
It's a synthesizer where you can plug in a microphone and use your voice in concert with the keys to create auto-tuner style effects. At least that's the really simple version.
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Work out. :P

But seriously...

Oh Jon of great knowledge, what's a vocoder? We have one at my church but it seems like a small synth to me.
You're supposed to plug a microphone into it.

The vocoder takes the vowel and consonant sounds from your voice through the microphone and processes them through the synth notes played on the keyboard.

Here's a notable example of what you can do with a vocoder...
Imogen Heap "Hide and Seek" live on Indie 103 - YouTube
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