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Are there any controllers (or keyboards) with, for example, adjustable screws to increase spring tension? I like more key resistance than usual. Thanks!


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Originally Posted by doremi
Are there any controllers (or keyboards) with, for example, adjustable screws to increase spring tension? I like more key resistance than usual. Thanks!

In some cases. you may be able to replace the springs. I know there's a company that sells springs to reduce the resistance of some Kurzweil keyboards, for example. But since it sounds like you're shopping for a new keyboard (i.e. one with adjustable tension), you might as well just buy one that feels good to you out of the box. ;-) What kind of board are you looking for? Maybe you can get some recommendations. For example, I'd say the Nord Stage 2-73 and and the 76-key Kurzweils have more spring resistance than most.

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Originally Posted by doremi
Are there any controllers (or keyboards) with, for example, adjustable screws to increase spring tension? I like more key resistance than usual. Thanks!


You may just want to try out different actions, esp. weighted boards to see what you like best.

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Interesting idea!

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...For example, I'd say the Nord Stage 2-73 and and the 76-key Kurzweils have more spring resistance than most.

How do those keyboards compare to the Nord Electro 4D-61, actionwise? This is the only keyboard that I could try out which has an action with sufficient key resistance (for me) but it is not really the keyboard that I want.


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The Nord SW actions in the Electro and Stage 2 feel about the same.

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Thanks to anotherscott and others!

It seems that I enjoy the tactile pleasure of pushing keys down more than usual, I have been at this 'heavy synth action' stuff for a longer period of time.


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Some KB have adjustable touch sensitivity; done thru software, it controls the sonnd output with velocity. This somewhat feels like soft>med>hard touch. Roland.

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Surprise, surprise, the relatively cheap Casio WK-7500 has nice feeling keys to me! I just had the chance to try one out. As a controller, though, it has no MIDI, only USB.

Is there a USB-to-MIDI adapter available, if all I need is key on/off and velocity?


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Originally Posted by doremi
Surprise, surprise, the relatively cheap Casio WK-7500 has nice feeling keys to me! I just had the chance to try one out. As a controller, though, it has no MIDI, only USB.

Is there a USB-to-MIDI adapter available, if all I need is key on/off and velocity?

http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/utilities/usb-host.shtml

Or look at the Casio XW-P1 which has the same kind of keys, and has a MIDI output, and some other nice enhancements (but it's only 61 keys).

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Generally there is no mechanical adjustment option, but at my quite light FP-4 I have always velocity response set to hard, which forces me to attack the keys harder and makes them feel heavier.


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Thanks for the info, anotherscott, you should be head of sales of one of those giant musical instruments outlets!

I am not looking for psycho-acoustics, kiedysktos, I am looking for actual mechanics, but your input is appreciated.


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