Arturia, NI or something else for 88 note
Hi, I’m struggling to decide which 88 note controller to buy, I appreciate this is Native Instruments forum, and I appreciate that what one person likes, another might hate, but. would like honest opinions if you can.
My main, well only keyboard connected to my PC currently is NI S61 mk2.
In another room I also have a Casio PX 870 digital piano.
I’m finding that 61 notes is not enough for me, coming from my piano to my S61, I miss the extra notes.
At the same time, when I’m playing certain sounds, especially organ, I want a synth keybed not a weighted one.
I own both the Arturia V collection and the Komplete collectors edition and I do love the way the S61 mk2 is integrated with both the NI and the Arturia products.
While when I initially bought my first (mk1) NI keyboard I thought the lights would be nothing more than a gimmick, they are very handy when using drums or instruments with articulation.
I can’t have more than 2 keyboards, and want one to be 88 note. Both must have full size keys.
The 88 note will go beneath my desk where my current 61 note is (or possibly a new desk, but that’s a subject for another time) the desk will need some rearranging as the 61 note (or maybe shorter) has to share with keyboard and mouse, and Maschine.
I have various choices. My short list currently is:
1)Arturia Keylab 88
Keep my NI S61
2) NI S88
Keep my Ni S61. (although I think I read somewhere that I can’t use two S controllers at the same time).
3) NI S88
Arturia Keylab 49/61
4) Studiologic SL88 Grand or maybe the non grand version
Keep my NI S61
5) Studiologic SL88 Grand or non grand
Arturia Keylab 49/61 which would mean a new way of doing things without my NI keyboard
And probably a load of other options too.
I’m not interested in discussing here the problems people are having with their NI s88 mk3 keyboards, I’ll decide whether to go the mk2 or mk3 route when I decide which pair of keyboards I’m going to end up with.
I’m not that far off retirement age (and am early retired due to health problems) and also suffer from arthritis. I used to own the Kawai MP10 which was a superb keybed but I found that due to my arthritis it would cause pain when I played for a while, it was probably the nicest weighted keyboard I ever owned, but too much pressure needed to play. I now have a Casio PX870 that I can play forever without it hurting.
On YouTube reviews they mention the Arturia 88 needs more pressure than the NI 88, but for all I know the NI one is much lighter than my Casio and the Arturia needs about the same strength to play as my Casio. Trouble is, it’s hard to find shops with both set up.
I do like being able to browse and select sounds from the NI keybed, if I went with an option that gets rid of NI altogether, unless Arturia or Studiologic can be set up to do similar (not bothered about lack of instrument pictures) I think I would miss that a lot, then again I didn’t have that option for years and managed perfectly. However having used the S61, I can’t in reality see me being without an S keyboard unless there’s an alternative that works just as well.
If I had the NI 88, I would get more lights showing for articulations which would be nice, that said, not having lights isn’t a deal breaker.
I imagine I would be using the 88 note most of the time, just using the 49/61 when playing organs etc.
That’s about it, I’ve spent days watching reviews on YouTube and I simply can’t decide which route to take.
I realise this is a sort of how long is a piece of string question, I just wondered if any of you are in similar situations and what you use?
Also be nice to hear from people using Komplete with Arturia key lab, how well you get on with it?
If it makes any difference, my DAW is Studio one pro
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