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In a monophonic MIDI to CV module it would just send one note through. It is called note priority, and the implementation depends on the MIDI to CV module. Some modules will let you switch between note priority modes (like this one), some implement one in particular. Some modes are: Low note priority: The lowest note (lowest MIDI value, lowest ...
If you are playing an organ sound, you might want a keyboard that can feel and respond like an organ, rather than a piano It's possible to make a very shallow non-weighted action, which is helpful for some techniques (I like it better for triggering percussive sounds, for example) It's cheaper to make, so instruments are cheaper. The instrument is ...
What I've found is that the acoustic piano is the most expressive when played softly. We all like loud, but anything can be loud and the ear will tune loud OUT after a while. But it pays attention when things get quiet. And that's where weighted keys really help - on a digital too. If you don't have that weight, you'll get a more frequent oops-BANG ...
Should the performer then care to tune all 16 boxes identically or I am just missing some piece of knowledge? Yes! A big PITA and hence a darn good reason why polyphonic, microprocessor controlled synths like the Prophet 5 (oooh 5 voices!) in the late 70's were developed. For instance, if I press C and E on MIDI keybord connected to the synthesizer ...
It's probably hard to get anything cheaper than the Korg Monotron series. The Korg Monotribe is a bit more expensive, but is more full featured. Does not come store equipped with MIDI, but is prepared internally and can be modded for MIDI.
Don't think of it as "I already have the keyboard", because you'll be reducing your options. The big majority of synths come with keyboard, and few have a keyboardless model. I'll include keyboardless models here, but don't get too fixated, you might find another option to be better. First note that you don't need a MIDI to CV module to control hardware ...
Hammer action is noisier. Of course it is dwarfed by the sounds you hear, but when you have excellent reason for playing through headphones, that reason might also make light action desirable. Also if your main instrument is not a grand piano but a harmonium or accordion or organ, there is no point in an percussive attack, and it may detract from the fine ...
Camel Audio Alchemy does this very well. NI Absynth will also. Those are good to start with as well.
Where documented, it is often written that the lowest note will be played but this may be model dependent and in some synthesizers even switcheable. If you have arpeggiator and turned it on, the synthesizer will play all notes of the chord in a sequence.
Try searching for CGS Synth (Ken Stone's modular synthesizer), Music From Outer Space (Ray Wilson) and general searches like "Modular Synth DIY" for schematics. Note, I think a MIDI to CV unit might be quite a difficult project - though note I've never built one.
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