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#2316017 - 08/15/14 05:36 PM PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio
Banzai_Ed Offline
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Registered: 08/12/14
Posts: 11
Loc: Vancouver, BC, Canada
I'm asking this question on behalf of my friend:

Could anyone share your configuration for PianoTeq, including:
Computer
Sound card
Monitor
Keyboard
etc...

Thanks
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#2316062 - 08/15/14 08:20 PM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Banzai_Ed]
Mike407 Online   content
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Registered: 07/30/14
Posts: 15
Loc: Florida, USA
Mine is very simple: A cable converting midi in/out to USB. This is hooked to a Mac Book Pro. Headphones are plugged into the Mac.

DP is a Kawai ES 100.

Mike

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#2316067 - 08/15/14 08:43 PM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Banzai_Ed]
Keegan Offline
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Registered: 05/22/09
Posts: 142
Loc: Canada (Ottawa, ON)
Computer - 15inch Macbook Pro 2010 2.4 GHz i5, Intel SSD, 8GB ram.

Sound card - Older M-audio Fast Track Pro.

Monitor - I use a pair of Bose QC15 mostly. Compared to my AKG 702 I actually prefer the Bose with Pianoteq - I like the way the sound is colored by them. I prefer the AKG for listening to music though.

Keyboard - Kawai CA-65. Bought this piano 100% for the action only, don't care about anything else about it including the onboard sounds and speakers. The Kawai GF action is hands down the best money can buy for a "digital piano" action in my opinion.

Etc...- Pianoteq runs flawlessly with all effects (Reverb, sympathetic res, max polyphony, etc.) on, and at a good volume. It never clips or overloads on me while playing advanced repertoire.
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#2316069 - 08/15/14 08:48 PM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Mike407]
Keegan Offline
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Registered: 05/22/09
Posts: 142
Loc: Canada (Ottawa, ON)
Originally Posted By: Mike407
Mine is very simple: A cable converting midi in/out to USB. This is hooked to a Mac Book Pro. Headphones are plugged into the Mac.

DP is a Kawai ES 100.

Mike

^^^ This really is the easiest way ^^^

I've complicated my setup a little by adding the Fast Track Pro between my MacBook and CA-65, but I prefer to have the headphones come out of the Fast Track Pro and leave it perched on my DP. I also only have to plug one thing back into my MacBook every time I take it away from my desk (every other day). Small detail, yes, but I appreciate it.
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Pianoteq, VI Labs Ravenscroft
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#2316086 - 08/15/14 10:30 PM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Banzai_Ed]
Mike407 Online   content
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Registered: 07/30/14
Posts: 15
Loc: Florida, USA
The Mac Book Pro is excellent for this use. I have the 13". I read about latency, clipping, poor sound cards and almost didn't bother with pianoteq. The first time I plugged it all together, it just worked. Tons more volume than the DP alone through speakers or the headphones and very acceptable sound.

It's not an acoustic, yet. Remember the film and digital camera debates? The day will come, especially for someone like me who is simply a hobby musician.

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#2316113 - 08/16/14 01:05 AM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Banzai_Ed]
peterws Offline
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Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 3518
Loc: Northern England.
Audio cable from laptop to piano input. USB midi out from piano to laptop. Headphones are used from the piano if necessary. Otherwise onboard speakers suffice. AS104ALL for latency elimination. Yamaha DGX650.
If you want to hear really good software set ups, get thee over to Adult Beginners forum and listen to the first two submissions of Recital 35. Both done on inexpensive pianos. Tremendous. The best I`ve ever heard.

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...tml#Post2315623



Edited by peterws (08/16/14 01:08 AM)
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#2316237 - 08/16/14 12:38 PM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Banzai_Ed]
Charles Cohen Online   content
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Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 1227
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
Banzai_Ed --

My own setup:

Casio PX-350;

M-Audio "UNO" MIDI-to-USB adapter;

Acer laptop, Windows 8, Intel "core i5" CPU, 4 GBytes RAM (a middle-to-low-end laptop, cost about $500, one year ago), in "high performance" mode, with WiFi disabled.

laptop's built-in soundcard w/ ASIO4ALL driver;

Headphones (Shure SE215 or Sennheiser HD280), or (when my wife permits it)
. . . . Behringer 802 mixer and EV ZXA1 loudspeaker.

I had some latency problems, but they're all fixed. The "hum problem" I had with "MIDI-over-USB" (from the PX-350) has disappeared since I started using the M-Audio MIDI-to-USB adapter.

I was surprised that it was so easy. [That's after chewing my fingernails and getting help on the Pianoteq forum!<g>]

If you look through the Pianoteq online forum, you'll see that people are using all kinds of keyboards, all kinds of computers, and generally getting good results. One of the popular keyboards is the Casio PX-150 -- a "biggest bang for the buck" setup.

. Charles

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#2316268 - 08/16/14 02:52 PM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Banzai_Ed]
stamkorg Offline
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Registered: 01/11/14
Posts: 62
I use a 5 years laptop, dual core i5, 4 Gb of RAM, os Tango Studio (linux) and a Focusrite 6i6 soundcard.
I own my Roland hp507 to pilot Pianoteq and the sound returns from the soundcard inside the hp507 amplification and speakers.
For me it sounds fine, way better than the the internal sound of the Roland.

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#2316408 - 08/16/14 11:22 PM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Banzai_Ed]
Marcos Daniel Offline
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Registered: 06/07/13
Posts: 158
Loc: Punta Alta, Buenos Aires, Arge...
I run Pianoteq on a laptop with AMD Turion X2 @2,2 GHz, 4Gb of RAM, M$Window$ 7.

My keyboard is a Kawai Cl-35 (no note off speed, so I deactivate key release note) connected through a MIDI to USB cable.

Soundcard: ESI UDJ6 (USB), but I could not make it work properly (pops, cracks, etc) so I use the onboard soundcard with ASIO4ALL (I turn off wifi, webcam, modem, and whatever I don't use because there is something that interferes with audio). In fact I bought the external ASIO soundcard because I believed that it would work better than the on board one.
I've made some tests with Ubuntu Studio (live CD) and it seems to work well with both external and internal soundcard, but I haven't sit down to install it.

I don't have studio monitors, only use headphones (Sony MDR V700 and Extreme Isolation EX29).

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#2317504 - Yesterday at 10:08 PM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Banzai_Ed]
Mike407 Online   content
Junior Member

Registered: 07/30/14
Posts: 15
Loc: Florida, USA
I don't want to steal the thread but it seems stalled anyway.....

My setup was simple: midi in/out to Mac Book Pro and headphone to Mac. Local control is off.

If I enable local control, what's coming thru the speakers? Pianoteq or the ES100? What I'm getting at is, can I send pianoteq to the speakers and thru the headphones at the same time (they are open headphones)..

If I ever get monitors, then the pianoteq sound would come thru the piano speakers and the monitors, which might be interesting.



Edited by Mike407 (Yesterday at 10:09 PM)

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#2317532 - Yesterday at 11:56 PM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Mike407]
Kawai James Online   content
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9009
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Originally Posted By: Mike407
If I enable local control, what's coming thru the speakers? Pianoteq or the ES100?


The ES100 speakers? This is the ES100's sound, not Pianoteq.

Originally Posted By: Mike407
What I'm getting at is, can I send pianoteq to the speakers and thru the headphones at the same time (they are open headphones)..


The ES100 does not feature any Line In connectors, therefore it is not possible to route the sound from your laptop and out through the ES100's speakers.

Originally Posted By: Mike407
If I ever get monitors, then the pianoteq sound would come thru the piano speakers and the monitors, which might be interesting.


If you use monitors (connected to your Mac), the sound produced by the monitors will be Pianoteq, while the sound produced by the ES100's speakers will be the ES100.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
James
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#2317617 - Today at 07:46 AM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Kawai James]
Mike407 Online   content
Junior Member

Registered: 07/30/14
Posts: 15
Loc: Florida, USA
James,

Thanks - you explained it well.

Yes, it's an ES100. I'm not complaining as this all works great - I just don't understand why Midi In is used when I'm only only sending out to the notebook. Is this so that I can run a separate external midi device into the system via the Mac Book?

Mike


Edited by Mike407 (Today at 08:03 AM)

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#2317625 - Today at 08:23 AM Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Mike407]
Kawai James Online   content
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9009
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Originally Posted By: Mike407
I just don't understand why Midi In is used when I'm only only sending out to the notebook. Is this so that I can run a separate external midi device into the system via the Mac Book?


The MIDI IN connector is really for controlling (i.e. playing) the ES100's sound from another MIDI device, such as a different keyboard, or a computer running some notation software playing back a piece through the ES100's speakers.

In my case, I play a Nord Electro's sounds from the superior keyboard action of a Kawai MP8II. MIDI OUT from from Kawai, MIDI IN to the Nord - one standard MIDI cable is all that's required.

Kind regards,
James
x
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Nord Electro 3 fan & occasional rare groove player.

"Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990." - EssBrace, 2014

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#2317666 - 25 minutes 40 seconds ago Re: PianoTeq typical configuration at home/studio [Re: Banzai_Ed]
Mike407 Online   content
Junior Member

Registered: 07/30/14
Posts: 15
Loc: Florida, USA
Got it. Thank you.

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