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49 vs 61 note keyboard

Postby Tmeagher » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:49 pm

Keeping it simple, as a hobbyist I would like to add a keyboard to my studio (for use with Hauptwerk)
I want to purchase a Arturia or Roland just as a MIDI board.
Specifically, the keyboard I am considering is being phased out and I cannot buy a new 61 note.
I am not a purist or a hard core classical player at all.
My question...would a 49 (4 octave) keyboard be suitable for my limited repertiore?

76 note synthesizers serve as pretty good pianos, even short 12 keys.

Thanks!!
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Re: 49 vs 61 note keyboard

Postby magnaton » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:13 pm

Hello:

I'd strongly recommend going with a 61 note keyboard since most organ keyboards are 61 notes not to mention any organ literature you may want to attempt in the future. If affordability is an issue, consider buying used. I recently saw a pre-owned M-Audio Keystation, 61 key listed for $45.

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Re: 49 vs 61 note keyboard

Postby johnstump_organist » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:39 pm

Hi,
Things to consider:
If you're just doing Baroque, 49 might be O.K., but even Bach has a few instances of needing the high d, 52 notes. English Baroque, early classical organs had gone to e, 54 notes. Franck has a couple of instances of high a, 58 notes. Many organists survive on 56 notes, to high g. The big advantage of 61 is being able to use a 16 register played up an octave to make it an 8'.
You can weigh this against what you are most likely to be playing and decide for yourself, but if possible and not too much more expensive, I'd go with 61.
I had encouraged Daryl at MidiWorks to put key cheeks a board across the top and back of the keys and a simple music rack and sell single Fatar keyboards (with or without pistons) for use as portable, continuo, studio, etc, So we could have the nice touch of the Fatars, which manyh of the commercial keyboards are lacking. But I don't think it happened.
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Re: 49 vs 61 note keyboard

Postby johnstump_organist » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:45 pm

Hi,
Things to consider:
If you're just doing Baroque, 49 might be O.K., but even Bach has a few instances of needing the high d, 52 notes. English Baroque, early classical organs had gone to e, 54 notes. Franck has a couple of instances of high a, 58 notes. Many organists survive on 56 notes, to high g. The big advantage of 61 is being able to use a 16 register played up an octave to make it an 8'.
You can weigh this against what you are most likely to be playing and decide for yourself, but if possible and not too much more expensive, I'd go with 61.
I had encouraged Daryl at MidiWorks to take a single Fatar Keyboards, put key cheeks, a board across the top and back of the keys and a simple music rack and sell single Fatar keyboards (with or without pistons) for use as portable, continuo, studio, etc,vkeyboard, so we could have the nice touch of the Fatars, which many of the commercial keyboards are lacking. But I don't think it happened.
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Re: 49 vs 61 note keyboard

Postby va3ets » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:36 am

Hi all, I agree with what others are saying. I'd go with 61 keys now if you can, that way, you'll be ok for the future, in case you get into repertoire that requires the full range that having 61 keys would offer. I think it'd be best to do that right off, rather than get a 49 key, and then later, have to upgrade. Hope this helps. Dan
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