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#1985447 - 11/11/12 05:27 PM How does the Ivory American Concert D Grand 1951 work?
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So, I'm moving out with some friends soon and am looking to get a decent digital piano. Problem with that - a decent digital piano can run almost the same cost as a decent grand piano...

But I found the Ivory American Concert D Grand 1951, and I realize it's a computer program meant to be used with a DAW, but could I potentially set it up for use with a lower cost digital piano and get the tone I want from it for practice sake? It seems like a more affordable route.
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#1985486 - 11/11/12 07:23 PM Re: How does the Ivory American Concert D Grand 1951 work? [Re: TrueMusic]
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The issue is that sound is only part of the equation. You can have beautiful sound, but with a limited action repetitions (for instance) are hard to achieve and/or come out really unnatural (quick drop and fast attack again).

Also, with a lesser keybed the subtlety of the different key velocities, or the half-pedaling will not be best exploited.

If you are only after sound and are mostly playing simple passages and use the pedal either on or off, then its a valid option, but the ideal combo is a great action/keybed with those top of the line samples. At least that is my humble opinion.

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#1985518 - 11/11/12 08:42 PM Re: How does the Ivory American Concert D Grand 1951 work? [Re: TrueMusic]
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Originally Posted By: TrueMusic

But I found the Ivory American Concert D Grand 1951, and I realize it's a computer program meant to be used with a DAW, but could I potentially set it up for use with a lower cost digital piano and get the tone I want from it for practice sake? It seems like a more affordable route.

The Ivory II American D and Galaxy Vintage D are my two favorite virtual pianos. Either can be used just fine as a "standalone" Mac or Windows program for playing piano, i.e. you don't need a DAW. Pick a digital piano with a keyboard action you like and a continuous damper pedal (not on/off pedal) and either program should make you happy. Of course you will need good speakers or headphones (not my thing) to realize their great sound.
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#1985529 - 11/11/12 09:28 PM Re: How does the Ivory American Concert D Grand 1951 work? [Re: Macy]
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Originally Posted By: Macy
Originally Posted By: TrueMusic

But I found the Ivory American Concert D Grand 1951, and I realize it's a computer program meant to be used with a DAW, but could I potentially set it up for use with a lower cost digital piano and get the tone I want from it for practice sake? It seems like a more affordable route.

The Ivory II American D and Galaxy Vintage D are my two favorite virtual pianos. Either can be used just fine as a "standalone" Mac or Windows program for playing piano, i.e. you don't need a DAW. Pick a digital piano with a keyboard action you like and a continuous damper pedal (not on/off pedal) and either program should make you happy. Of course you will need good speakers or headphones (not my thing) to realize their great sound.






Wonderful. That'll save me a lot of money. I've got a decent keyboard I like the action on and a continuous sustain. Just has a horrible piano sound smile. So nice speakers and a $200 program is much nicer than trying to find $3000 for a decent level DP.
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Polish:
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Bach WTC book 1 no. 6.
Dello Joio Sonata no. 3

New:
Chopin op. 23
Bach WTC book 2 no. 20

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