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#1528581 - 10/05/10 11:18 AM Re: The "Official" Top of Line Digital Piano Playoff Thread [Re: theJourney]
mucci Offline
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Registered: 01/29/10
Posts: 1070
Loc: Munich, Germany
Originally Posted By: theJourney
Still have that aggressive, pro-Kawai chip on your shoulder, eh?


That's what I expected... I just state openly what I noticed.

Originally Posted By: theJourney

Speaking of subject matter, have you tried TADutchman's promising sounding virtual piano settings or are you still using pianoteq layers to get the sound you are looking for out of your new CA63?


Yes, I tested some of the early settings. I finde them quite promising and nice sounding, although not exactly what I was looking for. I love long decay notes, and rich and very realistic resonance effects. TADutchmans settings can't deliver this, e.g. the decay length cannot be changed. Roland SN in some respect goes into the right direction (decay length...), but it's not my taste of piano sound I'm afraid. Maybe I'm too picky here. Still Pianoteq Play and CA63 Concert Grand (over time I made some adjustments) is the perfect companion in "supernatural" piano sound. I now have a dedicated very lightweight and small black Netbook installed behind the shelf (in hibernate mode), cables are connected from behind the piano (very unobstructive). Whenever I like to enjoy my PianoteqKawai (c) sound I just turn the Netbook on. Add this to the (nota bene: in my personal opinion!) superior wooden keyboard action (compared to any other brand I tested in the local store except for N2/N3 of course) it's just perfect!
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#1528612 - 10/05/10 12:09 PM Re: The "Official" Top of Line Digital Piano Playoff Thread [Re: theJourney]
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Interesting. What processor and OS does your netbook have and what are your boot times?


Edited by theJourney (10/05/10 12:10 PM)

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#1528614 - 10/05/10 12:12 PM Re: The "Official" Top of Line Digital Piano Playoff Thread [Re: mucci]
TADutchman Offline
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Registered: 03/26/10
Posts: 760
Loc: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Originally Posted By: mucci
Yes, I tested some of the early settings.

I know you have invested even earlier in Pianoteq software and a netbook also because, quite understandably, you didn't directly recognize the potential of the dual voice mode, but before I'm even willing to discuss an excitement feature like adjustable decay length as a feature request for a future firmware upgrade again (v1.08 perhaps?), which no console DP currently has afaik:

You are hereby personally invited to start testing some of the more recent dual voice settings with improved timbre and resonances, and supply us with some constructive feedback at the custom settings thread: e.g. the Shigeru Kawai, the Fazioli, the Bösendorfer and the Steinway in their most recent versions. cool

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...tml#Post1528451


Edited by TADutchman (10/06/10 05:38 AM)
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#1528683 - 10/05/10 02:05 PM Re: The "Official" Top of Line Digital Piano Playoff Thread [Re: theJourney]
mucci Offline
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Registered: 01/29/10
Posts: 1070
Loc: Munich, Germany
Originally Posted By: theJourney
Interesting. What processor and OS does your netbook have and what are your boot times?


ASUS Eee PC 1005HA
Atom 1.6 Ghz
2GB RAM
160GB Harddrive

I'm using the internal soundcard (with ASIO4all), its of really good quality. I tried my Edirol UA4FX with a custom ASIO driver, a decent USB soundcard, which didn't improve the quality (in contrary, it introduced some occasional crackles due to CPU overusage), so I decided to keep using the internal soundcard.

All in all I paid less than 200 Euro for the Netbook incl. Windows 7, 99 Euro for Pianoteq Play, that's about 300 Euro for a significant sound improvement! Besides that, I can use the Netbook for living room internet browsing or take it with me on my travels, so it's a bargain.

My Pianoteq performance settings:
22khz internal processing (44khz output sample rate)
48 voices polyphony

Boot time (from hibernate status) is less than 10 seconds.

I never have any dropouts or polyphony shortages. The CPU usage is even with lots of damper down playing up to only 50-60%.
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#1528689 - 10/05/10 02:09 PM Re: The "Official" Top of Line Digital Piano Playoff Thread [Re: TADutchman]
mucci Offline
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Registered: 01/29/10
Posts: 1070
Loc: Munich, Germany
Originally Posted By: TADutchman

You are hereby personally invited to start testing some of the more recent dual voice settings with improved timbre and resonances, and supply us with some constructive feedback at the custom settings thread: e.g. the Shigeru Kawai, the Fazioli, the Bösendorfer and the Steinway in their most recent versions. cool


Hey TADutchman, thanks for the personal invitation! grin I think I can't decline such a kind invitation...

I'll test drive the newer settings and let you know my findings!
It may take some time though... so long!
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