The Korg M50 has a Touch screen. The Fantom and Motif do not. There is a blemished unit under 9 bills. New ones go for $1099.00. Both are great deals.Korg M50-61 61-Key Synth Workstation
Tips on Buying a MIDI Keyboard
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Fortunately, there is such a wealth of keyboards, new and used, available now you don't have to break the bank to get something that will fit a working person's budget. Yet at the same time you should not settle for anything here. A keyboard is something that ideally, grows with you as your primary axe, much as guitarists develop a long lasting relationship with their instruments.
The Korg M50 is a low cost alternative to hi-priced workstations. Hi end features abound like the Touch screen.
You should take time to find one you really like. One that sends a signal to the brain, when you play, that says "ahh cool". Yet, simply buying a top of the line Kurzweil, Fantom or Triton is not necessarily going to turn out great music. There are so many ways to get quality sounds in the mix these days, with soft synths and soft samplers, having a great sounding keyboard is not an absolute requirement.
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What is a requirement is that the keyboard actually works. You press a key and a note on event is sent over MIDI. Be careful buying a used keyboard. Test it. Make sure all the keys work evenly. Lots of old synths with have a note or two that is temperamental. If one note is significant louder/softer than all the rest, pass on it. Beware of buying synths in online auctions. Old synths dofail. Their internal rom batteries die, displays flicker and go out or just get dim. Unlike wines and vintage guitars and violins, synths do not get better with age. Like your car, they are only more likely to fail with age.
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