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Sampler with Keys or Midi Controller with Module Drum Machines & Samplers
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Sampler with Keys or Midi Controller with Module

I am trying to find an Xmas gift for my girlfriend. Basically she wants a sampler set up on stage which she can use to trigger samples and play sampled keyboard parts. She doesn't want to deal with setting up a laptop so hardware is the only option. I'm not finding any compact samplers that have keys built in so I'm thinking a midi controller connected to a sampler rack unit. Seems like sampler rack units are a thing of the past though. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Unfortunately the midrange sampler that can play one-shot samples and chromatic parts equally well no longer exists as a category, either as a keyboard or rack unit.

What you can generally find now are drum/groove oriented samplers that don’t do polyphonic keyboard parts well, small toy-ish samplers thay don’t do much very well but can be fast and fun doing what they offer, and software.

How important is it to your girlfriend that she can play sampled keyboard sounds i.e. freely play chromatically on any keys? If she only needs to trigger drum sounds and sampled keyboard parts i.e. riffs and chords, the Akai MPC model that is standalone might work.
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Korg Microsampler
Electribe Sampler 2 with Midi Keyboard
Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard (60MB sample flash)
Yamaha MODX6 (That one’s got a sh!tload)
Old 3 days ago
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The Korg Microsampler might be my best bet. I'll have to find it used.
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