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#2264768 - Yesterday at 10:20 PM Noodling board
Maarkr Offline
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Registered: 01/15/14
Posts: 24
Loc: Maine, USA
i was thinking of getting a small keyboard to noodle with as I'm watching tv. Something small with maybe 24-ish keys, speaker, full size keys... a brief google didn't get me anywhere.

and if u think it is a silly idea, i'll read your comments.
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#2264790 - Yesterday at 11:33 PM Re: Noodling board [Re: Maarkr]
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Registered: 03/25/12
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Loc: Southern California
Not sure what the point is if, you have all the gear in your signature (Privia PX-5S, XW-P1, Roland Juno-G, Korg MicroSampler). Something with 24 keys is more suitable for hands separate than hands together. A tablet with some apps might be more versatile and more useful to you, if you are looking to work on melody lines and/or harmonies separately.

There are a lot of smaller keyboards at a variety of price points. Many are designed as kid gifts and have poor sound, especially considering your collection of gear. I might go for a tiny midi controller and a very cheap laptop or tablet for the samples.

Another idea to rig a monitor or TV where you can watch TV while sitting in front of one of your full size keyboards. This might be a better option than yet another piece of music hardware, especially if you are looking at the junky end of the price curve.
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#2264821 - Today at 02:49 AM Re: Noodling board [Re: Maarkr]
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Registered: 12/26/12
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There are a bunch of "short-keyboard" synths made by Korg and others. By and large, they don't have loudspeakers, and you'd have to use headphones (or outboard speakers). Check out the Arturia MiniBrute as an example.

If you didn't specify "full-size keys", I'd recommend the microKorg series - any one of them. There are lots of sounds, and they're compact and can be battery-powered. They look like toys -- but believe me, they're not. There's a pretty powerful synthesis engine inside, and you have access to all the parameters.

. Charles

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#2264849 - Today at 06:43 AM Re: Noodling board [Re: Maarkr]
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Registered: 11/12/10
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Just get a melodica.
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#2264859 - 35 minutes 56 seconds ago Re: Noodling board [Re: Maarkr]
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Registered: 02/04/14
Posts: 210
Loc: Switzerland
If you have an ipad or a small pc, I would consider a small midi controller like iRig Keys pro, 37 full sized keys, just over 23 inches and extremely light, to be connected to an iPad (you get decent software piano free with the keyboard and the cables to connect directly to ipad and pc, without any need for camera connection kit)
I am probably buying it myself too...
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#2264860 - 28 minutes 57 seconds ago Re: Noodling board [Re: Maarkr]
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