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I'd like to work on some keyboard stuff and need advice on gear. I currently have an antique Kawai K1 synth and an old Korg digital piano (SP250). The Korg has a number of non-working keys. I have in the past been able to get my Kawai to connect to my Mac using a MIDI to USB converter, but its been awhile, and as I remember wasn't too slick. I'd like to have a keyboard mostly for input into Logic for creating tunes, but also to practice learning keyboard better and rarely playing with a band. I've been considering getting a cheap MIDI controller for this, and would plan to use it with an iPad running inexpensive synth apps for live use. I have a couple of questions hopefully someone can answer. First, for live use is there much latency in using a MIDI controller with iPad apps? I'd also often be using the iPad to adjust my PA mixer. For the uses I want should this be a good approach or would you recommend another plan? Would it be better to find some type of interface to use the Kawai rather than buying a newer MIDI controller? I'm thinking if I ever get time I'll try to tear into the Korg to repair it guided by some YouTube videos, but would gladly pay someone to fix it for a reasonable fee - how would I find someone able to do that? Its a big item and I really don't want to ship it anywhere. Should I just sell or donate both keyboards and get a workstation or something? Live I'd probably want to use some string and horn sounds, piano and organ mostly, but might end up playing around with some Ableton Live stuff as well. I'd rather not spend all that much, but want stuff that will do the job well and can go up in price some if I need to.