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Which is the best for a music composer , kronos LS or PA4X

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:23 pm    Post subject: Which is the best for a music composer , kronos LS or PA4X Reply with quote

:) hi friends,
I am looking to buy a professional keyboard which serves me in composing a film song , arranging music for the song , creating back ground music infact the music for this modern genre.
I used to play Yamaha PSR series 15 years back , ( not a professional player ,( didn't take any formal training in playing a piano, somehow i learnt playing it ). But i know what to play for my songs.
Since 15 years i am away from music and working for a company.
Now i realized that i shouldn't quit from music and keep my composing songs. I have decided to shell some decent amount from pocket and buy a high end model as one time investment, i will not buy any other key board for coming 5 years atleast.
I have been reading your expertize opinion and thought to seek your advise before buying a keyboard
I have decided to buy a Korg. But very much confused between Kronos and a PA4X.
Since im not trained in playing a piano it will be difficult for me to play weighted keys , so thinking to buy a Korg Kronos LS 88, but came to know that it doesn't have aftertouch .
So dear brothers now u all no my position, u all are professionals , please help me and guide me what should i buy kronos LS 88 or Pa4x , which is the best bet for coming 5 years.
Please help me brothers.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neither of the above.

First: if I were in your position, I would expect to work on computer. This is because composers often have to deal with the digital form of the film in question, and composing cues with very precise timing.

However, there's no law that says that you have to do it that way, and if you want a self-contained keyboard for the purpose, and you're happy to hand off the music to the sound director for synchronisation, then what I would do is to get a 61-key Kronos, and add a really good controller keyboard from some company such as StudioLogic to control it. That way you can get the aftertouch, the Kronos will respond correctly to aftertouch, and you save enough money on the smaller Kronos to afford the keyboard controller.

Part of the goal in music for movies is to produce a new track, or set of sounds, rather than something to a set beat or structure. Professional arrangers are great for performance using their styles, to really engage an audience, but they are not as well designed for complete, ground-up composition. So I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with the PA4X - just that it's the wrong kind of tool for this job.

On the other hand, the Kronos has really deep sound design capabilities, and makes a pretty good self-contained audio recording studio as well.

Start there.
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