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Portable keyboard microstation recommendations

drummestudcom

Hello everybody,
All my life I've been playing a regular upright piano. However lately I have to travel a lot and I've noticed I'm loosing practice. For this reason I've been researching a lot about a solution and everything is telling me to get a portable keyboard workstation. So now that I've decided to buy one I was thinking on some features I would like to have.
These features or specifications are:
- Minimum 61 keys/ 5 octaves or more
- From 30 to 37 inches long
- With or without own speakers but definitely with own sound (preference for good orchestral over electronic) so I can use headphones or speakers (I don't watt to depend on a computer t o paly all the time)
- I want to use Logic Pro to sequence midi for my music so I guess that requires midi port?
- Average price: 650 dollars (500 euros)
If I'm missing some feature that should be considered please let me know.
But given this specifications, can you guys recommend me a keyboard workstation? I've been researching for days and didn't find what I'm looking for. The closest thing I've seen is the Korg Microstation but I'm don't want mini keys.
If it helps my repertory is mostly classical music and soundtracks (that's the reason why I have preference for good quality orchestral sounds).
Thanks a lot in advance to everyone!
March 31, 2013 @05:55pm
Synthologist

Welcome to the forum.
I'd recommend visiting your local pro music store and checking out a few keyboards. Your budget is a bit low, however, if you want a full-blown workstation... You may want to consider one of the lower priced arranger keyboards from Yamaha, or perhaps the Casio XW-P1, which is more of a synthesizer but with some rather unique features.
If you just need something to practice with, consider the Casio Privia line.
:)
April 15, 2013 @08:26pm
Synthologist

Hmmm, gave up already.
April 17, 2013 @01:49pm