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Which synth to buy?

I'm looking for a hardware synth to replace my PC+Soft Synths for live use, since setting it all up every damn time can become very annoying. Something with at least 3 octaves would do fine. As of now I generally make my sounds with Z3TA+2 and other software instruments for bread and butter keyboard sounds such as Electric Piano, Organ and Clavs.

I started looking for synths at lower prices such as the Alesis Ion and the SH-01 because I can't afford anything too expensive. Eventually I realized that maybe (correct me if wrong) I would struggle to get the basic keyboard sounds I mentioned with these synths, and found out that I was probably looking for a poor man's nord stage, which is way beyond budget but has that nice built-in synth, or maybe 2 keyboards, a synth and a preset one.

You could say I'm looking for a preset keyboard, but I'd really like to edit sounds and use them at the studio too.

Basically I'm looking for a polysynth for live use with at least 3 octaves, tweakable interface, electric piano and organ sounds, for no higher than $1250. Tips on this?

Thank you a lot!

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Basically I'm looking for a polysynth for live use with at least 3 octaves, tweakable interface, electric piano and organ sounds, for no higher than $1250. Tips on this?
I'd be looking for a previous generation workstation, where killer deals are to be found. For example, I think you could find a 61-key (5 octave) Korg M3 or Yamaha Motif XS in your price range. Or maybe one of the newer entry level boards, like the Korg Krome.
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Thank you for replying!!

I think I would be paying for more than what I would use with those big workstations, and it seems you can't really do live synthesis with the Krome, right?
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Thank you for replying!!

I think I would be paying for more than what I would use with those big workstations, and it seems you can't really do live synthesis with the Krome, right?
Yeah, probably overkill for your purposes. Nord Electro sounds like a sensible suggestion.
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The problem with Nord Electro is that it just offers minor editing. It would be very good to create my own sounds. It seems I'll go for a cheaper synth, probably the Ion, and try to elaborate convincing Rhodes patches and só on.

Thank you both very much!

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There's a lot to be said for the Waldorf Blofeld - pretty decent wonder box; interface is very minimal but there are ways and means of making it control-friendly (SL keyboard, Lemur templates, BCR). Decent keyboard if you opt for the key model or minimal space if you go desktop (key model has a decent space that should fit most laptops or monitors).
I'm by no means any kind of knowledgable in synths but there's a sh*t-tonne of info on this very forum about the Blofeld.
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