If you're going to drop some serious coin on a keyboard, that keyboard had better do a lot. That's why these workstation synths come loaded with huge sound libraries and the tools to compose, record and produce full tracks right within the keyboard.
Mid-level workstations like the Yamaha MODX6
and Korg Krome EX 61
boast semi-weighted keybeds, MIDI sequencers, and big soundsets with plenty of sculptable sounds and gig-worthy presets. As impressive as these boards may be, they're still stripped-down, lighter-weight versions of the flagship models. Upgrade to the Montage 6
or Korg Kronos 6
to get all the bells and whistles: virtual-analog synth engines, multitrack audio recording and sampling, analog audio inputs, bigger color screens, tighter DAW integration, and ever-more-vast sound libraries with expansion slots for adding yet more voices. You're not likely to run into the limits of these synths anytime soon.