I just got an Alesis Q88 MKII and I really liked everything about it. Minimalist interface. Lightweight (about 10 pounds). And pretty good key feel for the price (~$220). I had ordered it to control a Yamaha TG100 I got off ebay. I liked the idea of slowly building up a collection of vintage synths to play with this extremely mobile 88-key keyboard.
But I quickly found out a Yamaha TG100 (25 years old) requires a stronger midi signal than the MKII can provide. And just like that my dreams of a vintage synth utopia evaporated. What can I do to achieve my goal? Vintage synths are destined for landfills unless you also use vintage keyboards to play them? This just sucks.
I get there's a current trend of digitizing all these old synths... but I don't like that reality. It forces everyone to need a super fast computer and soundcard to be able to play with low latency... whereas external sound modules always have effectively zero latency. I can also use external sound modules without clicking with a mouse or tapping with a keyboard.
I'm just venting. I have to rethink what I can do with vintage sound mods because they're seemingly being left behind due to the design choices of modern midi equipment manufacturers. Also I don't like the push to usb over midi. Just because we can waste billions of computer cycles doesn't mean we should. A thing should only be as complex as it needs to be. MIDI is no more complex than needed.