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#2328268 - 09/16/14 11:57 PM Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano
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So I have been using pianoteq with my casio px120 for a few days now. And I haven't listened to the px120 built in sound since. Seems like pianoteq sound is much fuller and more alive. What does everyone think how it compares to a really good DP (roland v-piano) or a real acoustic?

I have been practiceing canon actually using the grimaldi harpsichord on pianoteq and i am hooked on it. Even this harpsichord on pianoteq sounds better than the one in the px-120. I actually haven't practice with piano sound for a few days. The sound from my laptop sounds excellent on a $70 Sony mdr-v6. I don't have any high quality monitor speakers so the headphone will have to it for now.

My px120 must 've hate me now for reducing it to just a midi controller
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#2328275 - 09/17/14 12:17 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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From what I've heard on recitals over at ABF the Casio's make excellent midi contr'''ollers. Now my own piano is the DGX650 (not a lot o people know that) which I find better than Pianoteq which lacks bass IMO. But P has its strength in recording from midi previously played on the Yamaha. its fun trying out all the sounds. I may well change my opinion before too long if and when I find the right combination . . .
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#2328282 - 09/17/14 01:33 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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In terms of sound, everybody will have their own preference. Pianoteq is a bit light on bass which is why I have a subwoofer set to max.

In terms of reproducing all the behaviors of an acoustic piano, Pianoteq and V-Piano are the only two "digital piano products" that get close. (See the DPBSD thread where they're the only 2 that passes all the technical tests.) Example -- you press a combination of keys, half-pedal, press some other combination, full pedal/de-pedal -- the strings of an acoustic piano will interact with each other to make some really neat sounds.

Pianoteq is also harder to play well. With the internal PX150 sounds, my son (8) playing seems perfect. With Pianoteq, you can hear all the imperfections -- hitting the keys too hard, pedalling too soon, the miss-hit notes are more jarring, etc. But when you do play well, Pianoteq's dynamics really show up. My daughter (6) has pretty fine control but without a wide dynamic range, you couldn't hear the difference.

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#2328283 - 09/17/14 01:41 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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I'm using the Pianoteq "Bluthner". I've _never_ complained about "weak bass" -- it's massive, IMHO.

Maybe my ears are faulty?

Maybe I've forgotten what an acoustic piano sounds like?

. Charles

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#2328284 - 09/17/14 01:47 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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It would be interesting to do a "head-to-head" comparison of Pianoteq against (for example) a high-end Kawai or Roland.

The problem would be doing a "fair" comparison. Do we try to make the pianos sound identical, using the "sound designer" features of each one? Do we try to get Pianoteq to match the "default sound" of the Kawai (based on a sample from one acoustic piano, I think), or the Roland default "Supernatural" grand-piano (which is based on a mix of several underlying samples) ?

It's not simple.

I'll be watching to see whether Pianoteq users (with whatever physical keyboard) migrate to other DP's with built-in sound generators as an "upgrade path", or whether they switch keyboards to improve the feel, and keep Pianoteq.

. . . I don't think we have enough data, yet.

. Charles

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#2328293 - 09/17/14 03:24 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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You'll know that I did the comparison with my own piano a few months back now. There wasn't a lot of difference but in most peoples ears Pianoteq was the winner. Listening to a recording you wouldn't expect concrete shattering bass and well you didn't get it either!
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#2328294 - 09/17/14 03:27 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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"PianoTeq" lacks bass is a strange statement. Which of the pianos? The K2 has much stronger bass than the D4. It is probably the best piano if you're not married to the Steinway D sound.

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#2328304 - 09/17/14 04:50 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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I also think the Pianoteq Bluthner has good (or even excellent) rich bass, the best of all (D4 K2 etc,...)
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#2328306 - 09/17/14 04:52 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: Garf]
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About the bass, it's a matter of comparing different VSTs.
Of course every VST tried alone will sound good.
Comparing it to others, Pianoteq seems to lack something in the bass and it's not just a matter of equalization. But of course it's subjective.

Anyway, if you want to have a nice setup you need a good external audio card, good speakers, good headphones, a notebook, all the cables, etc.
So for me an high-end DP has been the final choice.
You push a button and you have a working digital piano.
With VSTs you have to boot the PC, you have all this cables, you may have additional speakers (because they may be better than the DP's ones) and they're just horrible to see IMHO (a real piano doesn't have speakers lol), etc; so yeah it's too technical, it's informatics instead of music.

I feel trying a lot of VSTs, hardware components and stuff in the quest to a perfect sounding virtual piano (which will never sound 100% real anyway) is like wasting time, unless you love that quest of course. If you love technology, computers, AND piano and you love to try Pianoteq and other things, why should you stop. But if you, like me, get that feel that the more you play with all these things the more you're separating from the music, then just take a step back and buy a good DP with good stock speakers.

Yamaha Clavinova's sound beautiful and they're perfectly fine for practicing.
Then, one hour a week I get to play on my teacher's grand, and every DP, Pianoteq and any other VST can embarass themselves there. :P

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#2328343 - 09/17/14 09:52 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: MossySF]
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Originally Posted By: MossySF
In terms of sound, everybody will have their own preference. Pianoteq is a bit light on bass which is why I have a subwoofer set to max.

In terms of reproducing all the behaviors of an acoustic piano, Pianoteq and V-Piano are the only two "digital piano products" that get close. (See the DPBSD thread where they're the only 2 that passes all the technical tests.) Example -- you press a combination of keys, half-pedal, press some other combination, full pedal/de-pedal -- the strings of an acoustic piano will interact with each other to make some really neat sounds.

Pianoteq is also harder to play well. With the internal PX150 sounds, my son (8) playing seems perfect. With Pianoteq, you can hear all the imperfections -- hitting the keys too hard, pedalling too soon, the miss-hit notes are more jarring, etc. But when you do play well, Pianoteq's dynamics really show up. My daughter (6) has pretty fine control but without a wide dynamic range, you couldn't hear the difference.


This post perfectly explains why I purchased Pianoteq. For my use, all the other considerations about which is better really don't matter (which is not saying they should not matter to others). I have no problem with the piano sounds that either my Yamaha Motif XS8 or my Casio PX-5S produce. But the factors discussed by the poster I quoted do matter to me. I started a thread about the V-Piano, asking about it vs getting Pianoteq for my Casio. On the advice of some, I got Pianoteq and am happy with it for the reasons stated here. Unfortunately, I made some statements which I believe are true for me, but the thread did get away from the points I am making here.

The statements I made was that if piano was my primary instrument and I had spent years cultivating that art form through lessons and untold hours of practice, I would want nothing less than a "real" piano, with a DP being an adjunct for all the reasons DP owners cite. Since the piano is not my primary instrument and I don't have the investment in time and effort that a dedicated piano player would, the issues about which is the best DP or VST are not really a focus for me. The things that the poster I quoted talked about are the things I was looking for in piano software, and got with Pianoteq. I hope this makes more sense now that the context is hopefully clearer. Thanks to MossySF for getting it said clearly.

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#2328347 - 09/17/14 10:03 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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I think someone looking for something relatively inexpensive but high end in sound could do well to pair pianoteq with an inexpensive controller (even something like a casio PX150 works well for this). IF you already have a computer, you could have a setup for well under $1000 that would probably be comparable to higher end offerings costing twice as much or more from Roland, Yamaha, and Kawai, etc... in terms of sound and playability. So just on cost-benefit basis it could be a very attractive option for many. Also, while some don't like the character of the pianoteq sound, many do; moreover, many find that once they get it tweaked to their setup, pianoteq is very responsive and expressive, especially in terms of playing over a good dynamic range. So if you just really enjoy the way the sound engine connects to your keyboard, that might be another motivation to adopt it.

However, in practice I didn't find using pianoteq to be very elegant. I have pianoteq 4 (the previous version) and played around with it. I am interested in the technology and enjoyed playing around with it, but I found that after the curiosity factor wore off I just never really used it. It was a bit of a pain to get set up (I was running it through the speakers of my old Yamaha P250, had ground loop issues that were annoying to have to sort out), and even when I got it working, I just found it to be a hassle to use compared to simply turning on my DP and playing. Still, I'm glad that the choice is there for people who might find it to be more of use than I did.

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#2328352 - 09/17/14 10:26 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: MossySF]
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Originally Posted By: MossySF


In terms of reproducing all the behaviors of an acoustic piano, Pianoteq and V-Piano are the only two "digital piano products" that get close. (See the DPBSD thread where they're the only 2 that passes all the technical tests.) Example -- you press a combination of keys, half-pedal, press some other combination, full pedal/de-pedal -- the strings of an acoustic piano will interact with each other to make some really neat sounds.



I guess that's not surprising since they are the only two that actually modeled physics of making sounds rather than just replaying samples. That DPBSD thread is very interesting. The test was on v3.6 of pianoteq. I wonder if the latest 5.0.1 would be even more improvement.

I am actually thinking of getting the optional 3 pedals unit for my px-120 which would allow half pedaling. Still not quite as good as some other DP which allows various fine grade of pedaling but better than just an on off right now.
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#2328355 - 09/17/14 10:41 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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@ MossySF & wildpig: the newest VSTs also have string resonance and 4th generation processing well integrated with the samples.
So it's not anymore "Pianoteq VS samples": sampled VSTs are already implementing physical modeling, for example Ivory II. Just saying.

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#2328361 - 09/17/14 10:51 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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A couple of things -

What does the middle pedal in a three pedal setup do?

I agree with fizikisto about the hassles of hooking up a computer for music. In my case, the connections are fairly simple - a single USB cable from my Ultrabook to my Casio PX-5S and then a single 1/8" stereo cable on both ends between the earphone output of my Ultrabook to the 1/8" stereo audio input to the Casio.

In general, I prefer my all-in-one Yamaha Motif XS8 workstation for sequencing and that sort of thing to a computer even if the computer is far more powerful. Once you get used to the workflow I suppose anything becomes second nature. But as has been stated, even with my workstation, one button turns the whole thing on and it is ready to go with no extra fooling about with hardware. For my Motif XS8 I use a pair of Roland CM-30 monitors connected such that one monitor controls both for volume. The CM-30 allows multiple inputs, so I can connect a CD player or my Tascam GB-10 slowdown device or even the audio of my Ultrabook to listen to it and my keyboard at the same time. The Casio has audio input jacks so I don't need monitors or a mixer for that.

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#2328363 - 09/17/14 10:55 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: 255]
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Originally Posted By: 255
@ MossySF & wildpig: the newest VSTs also have string resonance and 4th generation processing well integrated with the samples.
So it's not anymore "Pianoteq VS samples": sampled VSTs are already implementing physical modeling, for example Ivory II. Just saying.


Good point! A lot of higher end DP's also make use of algorithms to create the effect of things like string resonance. So there's a blending of sampling and modeling that is becoming a standard in the industry.

Also, I don't know exactly how pianoteq works under the hood (so I could be mistaken), but since they have models based on specific pianos (like the bluthner ad on) I assume they start with some kind of samples and use them to parameterize their models somehow. So I suspect this sort of convergence between sampling and modeling happens at both ends, just in different ways.
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#2328365 - 09/17/14 11:02 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: TonyB]
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Originally Posted By: TonyB

What does the middle pedal in a three pedal setup do?


TonyB
It depends on the piano. On some pianos, the middle pedal lifts the dampers only on the lower third(-ish) of the keyboard. That way you can play and sustain bass notes and then move your hands up to a higher register and play without the higher notes sustaining. This is more common on uprights (though many uprights don't have a middle pedal at all).

On other pianos, the middle pedal acts as a sostenuto pedal. This raises the dampers for the keys that are currently depressed so that they will sustain, but does not raise them for the other keys (which will continue to sound normally)

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#2328394 - 09/17/14 01:00 PM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: Charles Cohen]
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Originally Posted By: Charles Cohen
I'm using the Pianoteq "Bluthner". I've _never_ complained about "weak bass" -- it's massive, IMHO.

Maybe my ears are faulty?

Maybe I've forgotten what an acoustic piano sounds like?

. Charles


I think I suffer from the same affliction. My tweaked version of the Bluthner garners no complaints from me.
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#2328466 - 09/17/14 05:13 PM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
....But P has its strength in recording from midi previously played on the Yamaha. ....


I have a DGX640 (earlier model of your DGX 650), and Pianoteq 5 Stage.

What exactly do you mean by the quoted statement? Do you first record on the DGX650 and then somehow transfer it to Pianoteq? If so, exactly how does that work? (In my setup, Pianoteq automatically records a WAV file, but only when using Pianoteq sounds, not the native sounds of the DGX640.)

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#2328476 - 09/17/14 05:28 PM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: newbert]
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Originally Posted By: newbert
(In my setup, Pianoteq automatically records a WAV file, but only when using Pianoteq sounds, not the native sounds of the DGX640.)


I think technically Pianoteq continuously records things in midi format that playbacks the pianoteq sound. You have to export a recording in order to get a .wav file. I haven't done this but I think its also possible to load a midi file and have pianoteq playback with the pianoteq sound. I know I've at least edited a midi file generated by pianoteq and played it back through pianoteq again and then exported to .wav (yes I was cheating).
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#2328503 - 09/17/14 07:09 PM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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@ TonyB
On digital pianos and VSTs, the middle pedal is always the sostenuto pedal.

@ Vid
You're correct, it records in MIDI and then if you want you can export to WAV.


Edited by 255 (09/17/14 07:10 PM)

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#2328529 - 09/17/14 09:16 PM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: fizikisto]
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Originally Posted By: 255
@ MossySF & wildpig: the newest VSTs also have string resonance and 4th generation processing well integrated with the samples.
So it's not anymore "Pianoteq VS samples": sampled VSTs are already implementing physical modeling, for example Ivory II. Just saying.


Sample VSTs are making in-roads on this direction but we need a new thread to identify specific products and then list say exactly what they do and don't do. Not everybody is moving at the same speed -- e.g. some recent complaints here about a new expensive product not supporting continuous pedalling.

Originally Posted By: fizikisto
I just found it to be a hassle to use compared to simply turning on my DP and playing.


It would be nice if high-end DPs were much cheaper. But since they aren't and this is just my hobby, I'll deal with extra complexity to save a few thousand dollars.

I get pretty close to the "turn on/off" experience. I have a dedicated laptop just for Pianoteq (regular job as software developer so computers breed like rabbits around my place). I never turn this laptop off but do let it go into suspend after 30 minutes of inactivity. When it's time to play, press power on for the DP -- press power on for the laptop (resume from suspend) -- both are ready at roughly the same time since the DP also needs about a 5 second power up cycle. Done? Power off DP, let laptop fall into suspend by itself from inactvity.

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#2328537 - 09/17/14 09:29 PM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: Vid]
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Originally Posted By: Vid

I think technically Pianoteq continuously records things in midi format that playbacks the pianoteq sound. You have to export a recording in order to get a .wav file. I haven't done this but I think its also possible to load a midi file and have pianoteq playback with the pianoteq sound.


Not sure if it continously record. I think you do have to hit the record button before it starts recording unless they changed that in the latest ver. I do know a few software like FL studio continuously keep the last 2 min of play and allows you to save that last 2 min anytime.

It is possible to load a midi and play a midi on pianoteq standalone.
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#2328540 - 09/17/14 09:38 PM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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still need to have a real acoustic piano to play PluckingA smile. Unless that will get modelled somehow....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7bMbQPInsc-3RoUjw
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#2328544 - 09/17/14 09:47 PM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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Originally Posted By: wildpig

Not sure if it continously record. I think you do have to hit the record button before it starts recording unless they changed that in the latest ver.


Pianoteq continuously records. Everytime you pause for roughly 5 seconds, it records to a new sequence. Then you click on the "Recently played" option and to load from the last X (could be 22?) and either re-listen or export to MIDI/WAV.

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#2328629 - Yesterday at 04:35 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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A few thoughts. Coming from an acoustic background I moved to Kawai ES7 (just before the VPC1 came out. Never mind) The native ES7 sounds are very good indeed, but as usual with in-built sounds, the string resonance/sustaining power doesn't compare to software pianos. I am happy with the ES7 action. although I know there are better actions in the Kawai line-up. I have bought/tried quite a few sampled software pianos and have been very happy with the final sound of some. However, having recently bought Pianoteq 5, this is the one I will stay with. Not because the sound is better, it isn't - yet. The reason is that it feels much more like playing an acoustic. I can play more freely, it is more capable of the fine crescs and dims that you can achieve with an acoustic. Just more enjoyable to play. It produces a more than acceptable recorded sound too.

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#2328649 - Yesterday at 07:10 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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It's not clear to me what Pianoteq can add, when using with a digital piano? Is it just some extra sounds? Is it learning software, recording software...?

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#2328662 - Yesterday at 07:52 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: johan d]
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Originally Posted By: johan d
It's not clear to me what Pianoteq can add, when using with a digital piano? Is it just some extra sounds? Is it learning software, recording software...?


It's making all the sounds. You don't use any sounds from the piano itself, you use the piano as a controller to activate the sounds on Pianoteq on your computer.

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#2328670 - Yesterday at 08:12 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: wildpig]
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And it uses the speakers of the laptop, or the speaker of the piano?

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#2328672 - Yesterday at 08:28 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: johan d]
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Originally Posted By: johan d
And it uses the speakers of the laptop, or the speaker of the piano?


You plug your Digital Piano/keyboard into your computer.
Your computer then processes the midi signals it receives by means of software like Pianoteq.
The output is the computer's output, be it speakers, headphones, other devices.

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#2328683 - Yesterday at 09:13 AM Re: Pianoteq vs Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano [Re: johan d]
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Originally Posted By: johan d
And it uses the speakers of the laptop, or the speaker of the piano?


Typically you will use speakers or headphones connected to your PC, but if your digital piano has an audio line in, you could send the sound back out from the computer into your piano speakers if you don't have speakers attached to your PC. It really depends on your setup and what you have at hand, many options possible. Your typical run of the mill small desktop speakers that are okay for every day use may not be ideal and good sounding for piano playing.


The painoteq trial I tried I just used an old Hifi amp and speakers I had lying around, connected the hifi to the PC, works well enough, though obviously some decent studio monitors would improve accuracy. I use the headphones 90% of the time anyway.

From the trial I am impressed overall though and strongly considering a purchase at some point ( along with a sample based instrument something like the vintage D or ivory ).

I use a similar keybed as you in the Casio AP-850, and painoteq works and responds very nicely with it I think, preferring it over the native digital piano to play because it is so configurable to get it how you like in terms of response, BUT I am not loving the sound in the higher notes in particular where that epiano character really comes out to me as rather artificial sounding.

Lovely piece here by Phil Best on soundcloud I heard recently,

https://soundcloud.com/phil-best/the-places-we-knew

it gives a good demo spread of the bass as well up to the higher notes at the end. The last couple of bars sounds like the word "glass" comes to mind smile . It is not even that I find it unpleasant to some degree, but do find something very artificial about it in the higher notes, seems to me all the painoteq piano models do this, in the trial anyway, whatever I do to tweak so far.


Edited by Alexander Borro (Yesterday at 09:13 AM)

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