Should I buy a stage pi­ano or a con­troller key­board with an iPad for gig­ging with?

Future Music - - ADVICE -

Many of us now rely to­tally on soft­ware to cre­ate our sounds when we’re in the stu­dio, but some peo­ple still tend to get rather ner­vous about the prospect of us­ing a com­puter- or tablet-based setup on stage. How­ever, an iPad tied to a de­cent MIDI con­troller key­board (prob­a­bly one with weighted keys and def­i­nitely one with de­cent build qual­ity) can be a great op­tion for the gig­ging mu­si­cian. It’s cer­tainly a pretty cost-ef­fec­tive one; even if you’re buying from scratch and add up the cost of an iPad, a con­troller and some suit­able apps (Korg’s Mod­ule is a good place to start if you want a good se­lec­tion of stock key­board sounds), you’ll still prob­a­bly end up pay­ing less than you would for a de­cent stage pi­ano, and you’ll have a more flex­i­ble and more por­ta­ble setup as well.

And yet, there is some­thing ap­peal­ing about the idea of hav­ing a bomb-proof, built-for-pur­pose, self-con­tained in­stru­ment that you know will Just Work. There’s a rea­son why you see so many bright red Nord key­boards on stages around the world – they play great, and they’re re­li­able. We cer­tainly wouldn’t say cat­e­gor­i­cally that it’s no longer worth buying a stage pi­ano, and if you buy well, you should be able to get a de­cent price back for it if you ever de­cide to sell it on.

One fi­nal note if you do de­cide to go down the iPad route: make sure you get an in­ter­face that en­ables you to charge your tablet while you have your MIDI key­board plugged in. Run­ning out of bat­tery power in the mid­dle of a gig is not a good look.

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