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Old 8th June 2013 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by undertone ➡️
Clearly no one has the same wishes. Where are the pitch and mod wheels?

Everyone seems to hold a piano touch in high regard, probably because most keyboard players are trained on the piano. And while I also love a good piano touch (I have a P250), I don't find it's an ideal all-around controller for playing synths or emulating sampled instrument playing styles. Some of the keyboard gymnastics I like to do are actually hard to play on a weighted keyboard (you guys have calluses just below your nails?). Aftertouch can be an expressive tool, but you shouldn't have to fracture your fingers to use it.

And while I've seen a few interesting candidates in this thread, I'm thrown off by the location of the pitch/mod wheels on many of them: I find it completely un-ergonomic to put them north of the keyboard, instead of their traditional position (you guys have a longer left arm?).

The hunt continues!....
"Keyboard player" and "piano player" are two distinct roles imho. Everything you're saying about the ultimate keyboard controller is valid (e.g. wheels and AT). Likewise the new Kawai VPC1 and some other weighted controllers are perfect for piano playing, where wheels and AT are simply not a requirement. The best solution for someone who plays both is to have one of each. VPC1 plus something like Kurzweil PC3K6 could be a nice combination.