Hi BobbyP & Leezone,
I'll keep the conversation going!
I've had almost a week now to spend on my new PA3X61.
I will say personally, I like it's overall sound better than the Tyros 3. Some nice and very usable styles.
It's difficult for me to get excited over the Korg in comparison with the Audya. Like stated above however, most people in an audience wouldn't recognize the difference. All they know is that what their hearing coming from a keyboard is pretty amazing.
I'm enjoying having two boards on stage with me again and the challenge of operating both efficiently. Helps keep my mind and coordination sharp.
I no longer want to debate with others about which Arranger is the best. It really is personal preference and I think each one has it's own unique offerings for any of us to enjoy.
For me, the bottom line is having good strong realistic solo voices to work with on lead's and to have an accompaniment that sounds the most like a real band or orchestra behind you. The Audys use of real audio in their styles gives better separation and a more true feel and sound of LIVE Musicians playing with you.
The Korg and the Yamaha's overall sound in their styles does not offer that separation or feel of LIVE Musicians. The CD polished studio sound is very tight and to perfect. Which is NOT a BAD thing, it just doesn't sound like Live Musicians playing.
When I listen carefully to an arrangers styles, I'd like to be able to look at the band members performing in the style and think the lead guitar is a little to loud or a little out of tune or the second chair trumpet player is off a little with his counter harmonies or the drummer get's off tempo a little after coming off a drum fill or the pedal steel player just played an awesome fill part....etc....etc.
I don't know if that makes sense to you guys, however I think the Audya comes as close to that kind of feel as possible. No off tune or mistakes, just a more realistic LIVE MUSICIAN SOUND.
If I thought I could make any money, I'd have a 10 piece band with me on stage. There is nothing more exciting than to play with a group of good musicians. Each one showing off their talents and working together to showcase an awesome sound.
Playing for 40 plus years in a Duo, I've missed that excitement.
The Audya get's me REAL CLOSE!
That is why it is my Arranger of CHOICE.
You guy's are wearing me out with these posts!!!!!!