£500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

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£500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

£500 VST Instrument
18
39%
£500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller
28
61%
 
Total votes: 46

THE INTRANCER
KVRian
912 posts since 30 Dec, 2014

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:47 pm

Given the choice of software and hardware we have, if you were given £500 ( or what ever your equivalent currency is ) and you only had the choice to choose between a keyboard (hardware based) or a VST Instrument (obviously software based), what would you choose, assuming the cost's were the same ?

Whilst the reality is that you could buy a set of VST's to make up the cost of £500, what I'm asking you is really about what you place the most value in, when it comes to the software v hardware dilemma.

I added my first ever poll here, just to make things interesting. :)
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KVRist
156 posts since 23 Apr, 2017 from Eastern US

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:54 pm

That’s $650.85 for me
Let’s see, I’d buy these hardware synths and drum machine
Poly-800 (300?)
Casio MT-68 (50)
Yamaha PSR-36 (100)
CZ-230s (100?)
Boss Dr Rhythm 220 (110?)
Or if I wanted 3 synths
Yamaha/Casio 80’s or 90’s home keyboard with auto accompaniment (100)
Alpha Juno (400)
Yamaha TX-81Z (100)

If new
Behringer Odyssey and Korg Volca Beats.
For $500 I could just buy an old ROMpler of some sort.

Ok, so if only ONE. An old 80s budget polysynth that’s still sold cheap.
Synth1, PG8X, Dexed, Sound Canvas VA, FB-3x00 series, blooo, scrooo, qyooo, SQ8L, GTG FM4, DSK Asian and Indian DreamZ, and much more VSTs. Casio, Yamaha, Korg, Alesis HW.

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pekbro
KVRAF
2545 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:03 pm

For me, Id probably get an AE Modular from tangible waves. https://www.tangiblewaves.com/

Corentin_801
KVRist
126 posts since 6 Nov, 2018

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:15 pm

all depend about what you need but for someone that start music production I would say Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol 49,
because you get some plug-ins from the Komplete Select (which is really good when you start, and you can upgrade it if needed later to a Komplete production suite) and the controller
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Saukar30
KVRian
1150 posts since 2 Mar, 2005

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:17 pm

I get a Deepmind

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sin night
KVRian
1223 posts since 1 Aug, 2006 from Italy

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:35 pm

It depends on the needs (studio use? live gigs?) and what you already have.

Taking for granted that the sound of both choices is comparable, I’d probably go with software if I was just starting out, because of the benefit of multiple instances. But if I already had a setup which allows me to work, I’d go with whatever I like.
I like hardware, so I’ll probably choose that... but I’d go with whatever works, really.

chk071
KVRAF
19366 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:43 pm

Saukar30 wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:17 pm
I get a Deepmind
I guess i'd do that as well.

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VELLTONE MUSIC
KVRian
644 posts since 19 Sep, 2017 from Bulgaria

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:40 am

if you are producer - vst.
Hardware isn't comparative since wavetable vsti rule the game.
If you are player - probably hardware.

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Teksonik
KVRAF
12346 posts since 16 Sep, 2001 from Las Vegas,USA

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:44 am

Oooh goody another "hardware vs software" thread. We haven't had one of those in a couple of hours. :wheee:
None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

chk071
KVRAF
19366 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:22 am

Tough decision nonetheless... for the price of a 500 pound hardware synth, you get at least 3 or 4 very good soft synths.

My guess is the OP has 500 spare, and wonders what to do with them now. ;)

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vurt
addled muppet weed
42936 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:25 am

erbe verb and still have cash for some bud.
think ill order both now.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
42936 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:27 am

wagtunes wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:49 pm
Software, hands down. No contest.
what if you didn't already have a kb controller?

chk071
KVRAF
19366 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:29 am

Yep, a keyboard controller would be a good investment as well.

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Apratim
KVRian
606 posts since 29 Dec, 2016 from India

Re: £500 VST Instrument Or £500 Keyboard Synthesizer / Controller ?

Post Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:42 am

Vst instruments and effect over hardware every time with maybe upgrade for my cpu
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