My first keyboard was a Roland JX-10, which I sold a few months ago, after twenty years of superb service. Its sounds were extremely primitive by today's standards -- but you could program it from the ground up with a special programming unit, building tone almost like an organ (I am an organist, so it jives with my personality). The best feature was a panel of fully adjustable tones, two rows A-H and 1-8, giving you 64 instantly accessible sounds. The tones didn't cut off while you were changing, and you could change B-2 to C-2 just by touching "C", not both buttons. The thing still worked even when it was so used that the LED's had mostly quit lighting up. The operator could open it up and clean the contacts. Marvelous instrument, so user-friendly.
Those keyboards I've experienced more recently, such as the Yamaha S-80, are ferociously difficult to program, and clumsy for changing tonalities, even with the S's four-channel "mixer." Sure, you can do all of these wondrous things, but you'd have to quit your day job to have the time to create the sounds. Is there anything out there that just has good sounds you can mix? A few years ago, I tried out a Sony thing with four banks of sounds, four sliders and four readouts so you KNEW WHAT YOU WERE PLAYING. Does anything like that exist now?
I wasn't sure if I should continue this old thread or start a new one...
We're looking for a new keyboard for general use, for possibly replacing our acoustic piano, for possibly moving into some contemporary worship.
Briefly, I've heard a lot of great comments about the Yamaha s90xs and would like comments on how the features of this instrument would be utilized in a worship setting.
We use a Roland RD700SX. Prior to that it was an old loaned Roland.
As has been said - quite good as a basic instrument. Down side is that we need the PA switched on to get any sound (all electric run off the same circuit) and not everyone knows how to switch on the power...
We tend to use just piano/electric piano/pads/strings and often we need to take out some of the bass frequencies on the EQ to avoid a 'roll around' with the bass guitar.
I am sure it can do far more, but none of us have really spent time looking at the manual or trying - we tend to just plug and play, and what we have does the job!
Lee, we use a Roland RD700SX then a RD700GX, which is great is you are a piano style player. Do you have a mixuture of players, and do some of them play other keyboards like an organ ?
The hammer action is fantastic and the piano sounds are very good. But, it is really not much chop if you want to play organ or something else though. Yes, it has those sounds and they are wonderful, but no good if you normally play organ etc. Most churches will go a hammer action keyboard, but some players will prefer something like a Motif XF7, but it would be nice to have both though - in a perfect world that is.
I have checked out the Yamaha s70/s90 XS and it is a very nice board indeed. Negotiates similar to the motif, with the same engine under the hood.But, set up to be a 'performance style' hammer action board. Small things like they have a transpose key in plain view and vocalizer etc., with an input for a mic into the keyboard - great if you are a singer/ leader.