I've been noodling with synths for a few years, but lately I've decided to actually learn to read music, play piano, etc. etc. etc. My "organ weighted" synths aren't cutting it, but I can't really justify buying a real piano, so I'm gonna pick up an 88 key piano weighted master controller soon. I would prefer to spend around $1k; I can spend up to around $1.5k or $2k if there's something that most people seem to agree that I really ought to get. Here are my priorities for this board (soooo different from what I'm usually looking for in a synth!):
1. REALISTIC piano feel...the more like a real piano, the better'
2. REALISTIC, inspiring piano sounds (a good variety would also be very nice)
3. master controller capabilities...good MIDI implementation, realtime control, etc.
4. nice "bread and butter" soundset...especially pianos and strings. I'm not too into other "acoustic" sounds, synth sounds would be nice
5. bang for the buck
Recommendations? I used to have an Alesis QS7, I'm thinking about checking out a QS8 and giving it a second chance. Also considering a Roland A-90 or the new XV-88 (a little out of my price range, it'd be a while before I could swing it). I'm willing to consider anything. Help!
(FWIW, I make mostly electronic music with guitars and occasionally real drums...think the cure, depeche mode, etc...other gear is mostly analogue or analogue modeling type stuff)