I recommend you check out the Yamaha Motif XS6 ($2K) or the MO6 ($1K).
The XS has been very successful for my rock & roll, guitar playing friends. They've sequenced almost 60 original songs. It did take them months to learn the Operating System. They also have access to Roland/Korg stuff, and it just doesn't work for them.
I am now in hot pursuit of the PC3, the thing has some fantastic sounds. I would consider it more of a keyboard players instrument, where I consider the XS/Fantom/M3, more full blooded production workstations. I want the PC3 just to play live/jam/improvise.
I find the Yamaha & Kurzweil to have a more classic rock & roll sound. The Korg stuff is bright and poppy. The Roland is some where inbetween. They all sound excellent! I extend your money as far as you can get and buy as much keyboard as you can, the sequencer and audio recording abilities make the instrument more useful in the long run.
Last edited by Atlas5; 08-20-2009 at 08:45 PM.
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