I see it as a step backwards because their has not been a drop in the number of people who use one keyboard to control another. Sure.., for computer use I see USB as a great thing, but to just say the hell with all those people who used these keyboards to control another really gets at me I guess. It was not at all uncommon for people to buy lower end units for dual purposes. One for an inexpensive "go to board for that quick fix', and the other was for midi control.
It's not just controlling other keyboards either. It's not uncommon for people to use things such as drum machines and other gear that has standard midi jacks. I just find it crazy that a $700 keyboard doesn't have basic midi jacks.
[This message has been edited by squeak_D (edited 08-05-2008).]
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