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I'm just recovering from a catastrophic studio flood that happened over Christmas. However, insurance to the rescue (hopefully!!LOL!!) and I'm in the position for some new toys. (ties in with a slight change of studio-requirement)
Prior to Namm, it was simple - Korg M3 61 or 73. And a Fantom G6.
I've sold off my old Roland XV5050 & Korg X5dr, leaving me with my trusty XP30 (for live stuff)
The Fantom would replace the XV & XP (need more than 32 performances for my live setups & SM cards are very rare in the UK)
The Fantom, whilst not as "wow", is a workhorse imho.
Then Korg announce the Kronos - which looks and sounds amazing from the the initial press. Very good value for money (considering how much you get) - I'm hoping in the UK for a price of around £2.2k for the 61-key.
Soooo, what have I decided?
I *think* it will still be a Fantom G6 - they're quite cheap now (and I've also got some insider contacts ;) ) AND a Kronos (price permitting)
I only buy this type of heavyweight hardware every 10 years or so - it gets gigged and studio'd, but not in anyway damaged (with exception to the flood/burst pipes, I've been very lucky!)
I'm hoping that the FG6 and Kronos will compliment each other - don't give a toss about the sequencers on either, as I use Logic and loads of other toys (although they could be useful as scratch pads - especially as they both do audio)
And I'm on the hunt for a V-Synth XT ;)