At 1/1/11 01:03 AM, Frazmaster wrote:
I was looking at getting a keyboard in order to make the music writing process a little easier and the idea of buying a synthesizer popped into my head.
I wanted to ask:
What kind of advantages do hardware synthesizers have over software ones. Keeping in mind that I have under $1000 to spend (which, in terms of synths, I know, isn't a lot)?
If you are torn between these, then what I would suggest is starting with a keyboard midi controller - such as an akai mpk25 or mpk 49, or anything anyone else can recommend. Or if you want something that has some standalone sounds then get a personal keyboard (like a 250-350 dollar yamaha keyboard). that way you can use a midi to usb interface to use it with software synth programs etc etc.
Then if you fall in love with a hardware synth later, you might be able to by the brain of it as a hardware module and just hook your already comfortable controller into it. Since I use wind synth and keyboard synth, I use a combo of software (for the variety) and hardware (for the dependability and compatibility with breath controllers and other weird midi things).
Also, if you are just using it for written composition or playing around, you don't have to commit to something with all the bells and whistles that a synth has right away.
In short - my opinion:
Keyboard Midi controller: Pro: easy to use with software synth, affordability
Con: no built in sounds
Personal Keyboard: Pro: good to use as standalone playing keyboard with decent sounds
Con: limited use as a controller for hardware or soft synth
Hardware synth (moog, etc.): Pro: works well as a controller and has sounds for easy playability.
Con: sometimes can be expensive for good extras. You have to shop around for the one you want to commit to.