I tried finding a topic but couldn’t - please move the post if I missed it.
Preface: every Halloween here in my little midwest town, local bands put together cover/tribute sets, both for the entertainment value, and to try something new (only so many bands in a town this size you see). Anyway we needed a drum machine and some string sounds for my band’s set, so I busted out my trusty Electribe 2 and a midi controller. It works… okay. It’s great as a drum machine but the synth doesn’t really carry much weight on its own. However it’s been a great experiment to break out of my guitar-centric comfort zone and try something new. I’m wanting to work more synthesizer tones onto our next album, as writing and recording it is our next goal after the Halloween show.
I’m wondering if anyone else on here plays in a live band and brings a keyboard on stage with them? If money was no object I would get a Prophet 10 and be done with it, but that’s probably double or triple what I could realistically budget for. I found an old MW thread that recommended the Nord Lead line, which I could see myself enjoying. I used Synth1 almost exclusively when I first started making electronic music.
I’m really looking to cover basic “synth” duties - no interest in piano or organ sounds. You know leads, bass, strings, that sort of thing. I don’t think I need anything fancy, but I’m curious what other ‘liners’ are using in their groups, bonus if it’s anything remotely in the rock/shoegaze/post-punk realm. I know how to google “best keyboard synth”, but that doesn’t really inform what kinds of actual experiences people have had on stage with electronic instruments.
Things I’m specifically interested in: decent keyboard first and foremost, built in effects, and good user interface. I used to have a Roland Gaia but I didn’t find it particularly inspiring, so I sold it to a friend. I also have a Moog Grandmother, the ergonomics and keyboard are great, but I find it works best as a bass voice and we don’t really need that at this time. Realized I would like something more flexible for the space it takes up. I have a DX21 but it lives at home, obviously it’s not really the best thing to tweak settings on in a room with three other people. I briefly had an Opsix that seemed like it would fit the bill, but the keyboard and form factor weren’t my favorite so that went as well. I don’t really want something that just works, but I can’t really afford anything high-end at this time, but maybe I could be convinced to save up if a ~$2k+ synth really is “that much better”.
What do you use? What kind of music do you play? What other instruments are you performing alongside? I’ve spent so much time and money trying to get a live modular instrument for myself that I’ve neglected my real outlet - playing on stage with my friends. I’m done collecting stuff as I’m realizing that performing is more important to me than my eventual generative ambient album, but I want to bring new sounds to the table, so I’m asking: what synths are people taking out to play shows?