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6 years ago
Undoubtedly it's worth following your thread for the pure enjoyment of your writing skills and sense of humor. I believe that the question of "the exemplary rendering of true acoustic voices" is so subjective that many of us feel safer with 1000 sounds than a dozen- especially when you factor in the varying sound systems and listening conditions that the instruments with be performing with. That is one reason that I bought a Yamaha S90XS for our church last year. To get the choices in sounds, we got a lot of features that we don't use, but we have found voices that we are happy with. Alas, navigation of its controls can be intimidating.What came to mind as being closer to what you are looking for is the Yamaha CP1. Have you played with one?
Why did you part with the RD600?I have the FP-5 which is the simpler version of the RD600. Roland's successor is the FP-7: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FP7FBK/The top-of-the-line Kawai digital pianos have, in my opinion, the BEST action but they are very, very heavy: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MP10/JP
A thought about the relative complexity of instruments. In my advanced years (ha, ha) I have also found myself gravitating towards simpler interfaces. But I also find that a complex, or feature rich product can sometimes be remarkably easy to use so long as your needs are basic and you are willing to invest a little time to learn how to get it to do what you want. Many instruments sold today are like this. There is a lot of complexity under the hood, but you spend a few days mastering the few things you need it to do and you're home free. What's more important to me is stability and reliability. If I can press three buttons and count on the appropriate action happening then all I have to do is get things to a point that I know the three button presses. I can learn that.Just food for thought.
I keep reading your posts and thinking "Nord," but there are a few features that you require that Nords do not have, such as aftertouch. However, they are designed for live performance. The sounds start from the raw versions, no effects applied. You add what effects you want in the Effects section. Of course, you can save these as presets for easy access later. Nord has some presets set up, but they're easily replaced.The other thing the Nords don't have are the orchestral voices. Well, they do and they don't now. The primary focus of Nords are keyboard instruments, starting with piano, organ, and electric pianos. Some models have synths (Nord Lead, synth section on the Stage). However, they've expanded their palette a bit to include Mellotron and Chamberlin samples, which have string samples, for instance. But these aren't generally considered "realistic." Instead, they sound like the old tape-based "samples" the keyboards had. Still, I'd suggest you poke around http://nordkeyboards.com and see if something there suits you.
I also was thinking "Nord," specifically the Nord Stage. It won't have orchestral sounds, it's red, and it may not check all the other boxes, but it is the closet thing to what you've described so far in having a few very playable sounds, being easy to navigate and use, and being perhaps the closet thing to an actual instrument of anything electronic I've used so far. I've had mine since 2006 and I wouldn't part with it.
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