Korg microStation vs Roland Juno Di vs Yamaha MM6 "Mini Mo"
I'm looking for some recommendations on a new/first keyboard for use in a school. Primary user is experienced musician but not a pianist. Use will be primarily, but not exclusively, for music creation (loops to leads to full songs) both with and without a computer. So probably more workstation than stage/performance synth. Looking for maximum bang for the buck. Really good sounds, effects and sequencing with physical knobs etc to change the sound (think analog mindset). Looking for good polyphony, better than 32 voices and somewhere between 64 and 128. Love to have good keyboard, but could live with mini keys if they have at least velocity sensitivity (after-touch would be great!) since this will be used more for creation than for live performance.
Currently the shortlist looks like this:
Korg microStation (Only concern is mini-keys)
Roland Juno Di (Only concern is lack of an onboard sequencer - won't always have computer with it)
Yamaha MM6 "Mini Mo" (Biggest concern is it has only 32-note polyphony)
Budget is in the $300-700 range, so high-end, and even most mid-tier devices are probably out of range.
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First of all,you're 10 months past due on your advice,but what's even less useless,is that the Casio XW-P1 is not a workstation.
Instead of copying and pasting a portion of an article from a product page,it might be more pertinent to just provide a direct link to the product page(or just to be more comprehensive in your own research,so as to negate the need to copy and paste product info).
Yes,the XW-P1 does have looping capabilities,but there's a huge difference in phrase & step sequencing,in contrast to pattern sequencing..a feature that is available in such keyboards as the Korg M50,Korg Krome,Yamaha MOX..etc.,.
Only pattern-based sequencers have the abilities to turn loops into complete songs.
The XW-P1 is a nice offering for what it is and for it's price tag,but in my opinion,the Korg Krome seems to be the best song creation tool for the coin,currently.