Hi, I've been considering the VPC1 for a while, but have been thinking lately that the CA65 might be a better choice for me in the long run. I like to buy quality, buy once, and keep it for a long time.
I would have the piano in my apartment, playing 95% of the time using headphones, 95% of the time using only the MIDI functionality and a software piano like Pianoteq on my laptop rather than the native sounds of the Kawai. But, sometimes you just have to let loose and fill the room with music and I'd like to be able to do that, but still using Pianoteq.
Here's my personal list of pros and cons as of now, for choosing the CA65 over the VPC1:
- Proper cabinet
- Piano-like speaker system
- Key cover
- Larger music stand
- Sturdy pedals
- Flat top for laptop, lamp
- Grand Feel action
- More things that can break
- Large and heavy
- Slightly off-putting asymmetry caused by control panel
I have some questions about using the CA65 as a MIDI controller:
1. Would I be able to mute the sound generator and have the CA65 only play what's coming from the line in through speakers/headphones? In the manual there's a MIDI setting called "Local control" which might do this, but I'm not sure if it also mutes the line in. This is very important, or else the speakers will be of no use.
2. Are the pedals continuous, sending the full range of MIDI values?
3. If I connect the CA65 to a laptop using USB MIDI, and line out from the laptop to the CA65's line in, will I have a ground loop buzz problem? If so, should I use MIDI out and a USB-MIDI converter instead of the straight USB connection?
4. Is the Grand Feel action the same in the CA65 as in the MP11?
I would also appreciate any input as to whether this is a good idea at all. The other option would be VPC1 + stand + some kind of speaker system. I understand the speaker system of the CA65 does not please everyone...
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