I asked this in another forum, but it seems like this forum is geared toward plugins/piano players.
I want to get a light weight (under 33 pounds) keyboard to use with my M1 Mac mini running plugins. This would not be my main live stage setup (for the gigs I need to get in and out quickly) but it would be my "concert" setup. I want a keyboard that has an action that I can practice on and ideally has faders so I can fade layers in and out. I know about the Arturia Keylab 88 Mkii but the bad reviews on the TP100LR make me want to pass on it - although it does have everything I want. The Studio Logic Studio series is out too since it has the same keybed.
For reference, I love playing a Steinway and I do like playing Yamaha weighted actions like the CP88. I usually like weighted but quick action like the CP88.
I have owned the S90ES (too heavy and big, limited polyphony) and now I use a Casio PX-5S which I like but has become worn out due to too many gigs. The Casio is fine except the only 2 good sounds are piano and ep. I would like a little upgrade. I want it to be under $1600 and from looking around, it seems like the RD-88 is the only game in town that I have found.
Just one problem, I played it in the store and thought the piano sound was thin and terrible. However, since I would be using it for MainStage, I guess it would be OK. It doesn't have faders but 8 knobs which can be mapped to different controllers. The Kurzweil PC4SE is another option.
Did I miss a controller that is within my range?