A few very good friends of mine and I are starting a new band, and the girl who is singing dabbles in keys. She is very adamant about getting better and we all want her to play on most, if not all, of our music because she already has "the ear." The problem is, none of us know how legitimate keyboard/organ players set up their gear. Right now she has a keyboard that she's been playing for a long time, and we have another at our disposal (I don't know what either are, but I can find out when she gets home from work if that would help). Being the resident gear head, I was given the task of finding out how this should work, so I'm coming here. I know most will run a few different sets of keys to achieve different sounds at the same time, or sounds that can't be achieved with one board, etc...My main questions are A) Do most play in to an amp or straight in to the board, and what are the benefits of both? I have a Fender 1x12 SS combo I used to gig with when I was much younger that has a pretty solid clean sound, so we were thinking about running her through that. B) Is it customary to use guitar pedals with a keyboard? I know of a few who do, but I don't know what the general consensus is. Those that have experience, have you had better results running the pedals before the amp/PA or in a loop? and C) How can we achieve a Leslie sound with out actually buying a Leslie cabinet? After much research, it seems that the best pedal to achieve this and give the most control in our budget would be the Fulltone Deja'Vibe 2, but again, I don't know if it's good to use pedals like that with a keyboard. We're thinking we're going for a slightly more indyish Grace Potter and the Nocturnals meets The Format vibe, so if anyone has input about what might be good for this type of thing is welcome to chime in too! All suggestions/stories/advice/whatever from people who have either played keys out or play in a band with keys would be greatly appreciated. This is a new thing for all of us and we are trying to be as professional as possible about it. Thanks in advance gearheads!