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Okay for studio/home, terrible for gigs
on January 8, 2014
The 300NX may be superior to its predecessor the 300GX in updated patch quality and touch which would make it fine for sitting in a studio or home but in terms of gigging practicality the 300GX is far superior in terms of patch changing / volume control / splitting and layering.
The 300GX is a pleasure to use in regards to these essential gigging categories where it is necessary to frequently adjust parameters and make patch changes. The reason for this is that the 300GX has simple buttons built onto the hardware that makes adjusting any of these a simple click or two away. Unfortunately on the NX this is not so. Layering, splitting and even volume control require that you sift through digital menus in order to make changes.
My biggest problem with the NX comes with frequent patch changes. On the GX let's say you're playing a song where you need to switch between E.Piano patch #12 and Synth patch #6 frequently throughout the piece. Well on the GX this is simple, select #12 in the E.Piano and #6 in the Synths and then you can easily jump back and forth between them just by pushing their respective category buttons. This easy and intuitive function does not exist in the NX. Instead every time you change between E.Piano and Synth categories it will send you back to the beginning of the category where you will have to sift through to the one you were using, hope your setting wasn't in the end of the memory bank or it could take a while.
To add insult to injury when it comes to patch changing let's stay with the current hypothetical situation. I'm playing a song that requires I change between a synth and an e.piano multiple times. It seems intuitive that you would want the volume of the two patches to remain consistent to the sub fader that these are assigned to. This is the case on the 300GX you set your max volume level on the master fader and then control patch volume with the sub faders which remain consistent from patch change to patch change. Well on the 300NX every time you change the patch the sub faders are completely ignored and the volume is reset every time to the max of whatever you have the master fader set to. This can result in unwanted volume EXPLOSIONS if you change the patch without re adjusting the sub faders before playing the new patch.
Need to make a layer or split? With the 300NX you can be prepared to ask the band to wait on you while you sift through the appropriate digital menus while on the 300GX both functions can be accomplished with as few as two button clicks.
The 300GX was and is a great keyboard, I really looked forward to the 300NX but was horrified after gigging with it nightly for 7 months. The hoops I had to jump through to generally approximate the fluid ease of the 300GX were by far not worth the improved patch sounds or slightly better touch. I found a used 300GX in perfect condition and could not ask for more. . . except for a Nord. . . but that's another story!