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#2175753 - 11/02/13 02:40 AM Improving silent piano sound by software piano (cross-post)
takura Offline
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Registered: 05/05/13
Posts: 13
Loc: Japan
Hi,

posted a related thread on the Digital Piano forum but haven't gotten any reply there, hoping I will get more input here.

I am planning to upgrade from a combination of Digital Piano (Kawai MP9000 stage piano) with a Software Piano (like Synthogy's Ivory2 running on a PC connected by MIDI) to a combination of a Silent Piano with a Software Piano. Reason for using a Software Piano is that - I believe this is pretty much established fact - it provides a (much) more realistic piano sound than current DPs, Silent Pianos or Hybrids, due to larger samples and higher processing power. Sure it would be best if I didn't have to practice with headphones, but due to rules of the building where I currently live I will not be able to do that a lot for the next few years.

Would anyone here have experience with such a combination and opinions on what Silent Piano would provide a good combination (e.g. due to differences in MIDI implementation or sensor properties)? Would anyone have experience in customizing the parameters of a Software Piano (and especially Ivory2) to match well with a Silent Piano?

My current plan is to go with a Kawai K2-ATX (I like the feel of its Millenium3 action and the Carbon-ABS parts are supposed to be a bit quicker than all wooden actions) and Ivory2, but I'd be happy to try other options as well. I did try almost all DPs I could find as well as the Avantgrands.

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#2175762 - 11/02/13 03:48 AM Re: Improving silent piano sound by software piano (cross-post) [Re: takura]
Romek Offline
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Registered: 01/29/13
Posts: 113
Loc: Warsaw, Poland
Hi takura,

Silent piano is not a "hot" topic on PW forum, probably due to the limited number of people using such solution. I've been strugling to get some advice too crazy. In terms of any technical support with software pianos and e.g. Kawai ATX system, the Digital Piano Forum is definitely a better place to aswer your question (there are a few users having silent systems and many users are experienced with software pianos).
Anyway, I use the Bechstein Vario system with the Ivory2 and Galaxy Vintage D without any problems, just plug-and-play. The adjustments I have made were related mainly to the velocity curve and reverb settings but it is just a matter of personal preferences. On the daily basis, I use internal Vario sounds with modified velocity curve to match my acoustic piano's touch.
Ivory or Galaxy products have much better sound than any other digital pianos on-board ones, no doubt about it.

Personally, I think that the silent piano is a good solution esp. when I read endless discussions (unfortunately not very fruitfull) about adventages of acoustic vs digital pianos and vice versa.

Good luck with your project!

Romek
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#2177378 - 11/05/13 07:46 AM Re: Improving silent piano sound by software piano (cross-post) [Re: takura]
takura Offline
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Registered: 05/05/13
Posts: 13
Loc: Japan
Hi Romek,
thanks for your reply!
The Bechstein Vario must be nice too but I haven't been able to find it on display here in Japan, so I think I will stick to Kawai's ATX.
Can actually understand somewhat that combining silent piano with soft piano isn't so common, I didn't expect much of it myself until I tried - and then it felt soo good.
Takura

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#2177409 - 11/05/13 08:48 AM Re: Improving silent piano sound by software piano (cross-post) [Re: takura]
Romek Offline
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Registered: 01/29/13
Posts: 113
Loc: Warsaw, Poland
Originally Posted By: takura

The Bechstein Vario must be nice too but I haven't been able to find it on display here in Japan, so I think I will stick to Kawai's ATX.

ATX is a very good system, just make sure to have a good pair of headphones (the ones provided by the manufacturer did not appeal to me).

Have fun!
Romek
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