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#2340439 - Today at 02:13 AM Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms.
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Other than that, I have no idea what to do or how to fix big things or how to tweak the system to get a better sound. I tried to play around with the controls in Ivory, but I'm not sure what most of it really means so I largely left it all alone.

Oh, I did use the VPC1's built-in velocity curves for Ivory.

Other than that, and after getting Ivory to sound at all, I really didn't do much but sit down and try to play it right through like it wasn't a computer. It took me a bit to get used to the keyboard; it's really distracting watching the notes go by, and of course it isn't my acoustic. It sort of ends better than it starts (I just got this thing yesterday and this is the first full length piece I've tried to play, not to mention the fact that I am not yet done with this piece), but it still sounds better on a piano. However, a lot of it is probably due to the player being rather freaked out by the whole new medium.

There were a few wrong notes here and there, which was actually good news because it made me go in and figure out how to fix 'em.

That was oddly satisfying.

I felt like god.

And it felt just a little bit wrong. Fortunately, there weren't more than a handful of wrong notes; just a few isolated hiccups here and there.

So, my first foray into midi: So much fun! Can't wait to really take it for a spin and figure out what I can do with it, how I can improve the sound, and what other tools are at my disposal.

Soundcloud: Brahms, Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2

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#2340450 - Today at 03:07 AM Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Sounds lovely to me. You don't need to watch the display spewing out data. Of course it'll all seem a little strange at the outset but judging by your sound I've no doubt you'll quickly get used to it.

We'll all benefit by your feedback and thoughts on how the timbre/feel of the instrument should change.

How do you find the let-off simulation when playing pp/ppp?

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#2340451 - Today at 03:10 AM Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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There doesn't appear to be a way to fail to make the note sound at all at ppp. Is that something I can change? Because it's not natural feeling to me!
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Bach, French Suites, No. 3 BWV 814
Brahms, Op. 118 No. 2 Intermezzo A major
Chopin, Mazurka Op. 67 No.4
With the pedal I love to meddle; When Paderewski comes this way... -Irving Berlin

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#2340453 - Today at 03:13 AM Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
There doesn't appear to be a way to fail to make the note sound at all at ppp. Is that something I can change? Because it's not natural feeling to me!


Go into the 'session' tab and play around with the 'silent key vel' setting. I think it defaults to 0, but if you set it to, say, 30, you'll quickly see how to optimise it for yourself.

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#2340460 - Today at 03:38 AM Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Cool, will do. I do like being able to play extremely delicately, but not if I can't feasibly produce it on an acoustic. Fortunately, I don't think any of the key strikes in the Brahms dropped below where I would fail to sound the note at all on my acoustic.

Other than that, I found it reasonably authentic feeling! There's a weird mid-treble thing that gets a bit digital sounding to me, but I can live with that. It also kind of doesn't show quite as much out from under big romantic pedal wash, so I guess I'll stick with this type of repertoire for a while, haha.

It also kind of lessened a tad when I increased the "release" setting. Still, there's something in there I can't quite identify that sticks out to me and brings me away from feeling like I'm playing a piano.
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Bach, French Suites, No. 3 BWV 814
Brahms, Op. 118 No. 2 Intermezzo A major
Chopin, Mazurka Op. 67 No.4
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#2340463 - Today at 03:47 AM Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Still, there's something in there I can't quite identify that sticks out to me and brings me away from feeling like I'm playing a piano.


Well, we're all ears. You've a grand piano so if you can find any way to pin down the differences, that could help us all get closer to an ideal. It's obviously always going to lack something.

I can't remember what you said you were monitoring through - I think it was decent headphones?

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#2340464 - Today at 03:49 AM Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Sony MDR-MA900 over the ear headphones.
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Bach, French Suites, No. 3 BWV 814
Brahms, Op. 118 No. 2 Intermezzo A major
Chopin, Mazurka Op. 67 No.4
With the pedal I love to meddle; When Paderewski comes this way... -Irving Berlin

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#2340466 - Today at 03:56 AM Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Sony MDR-MA900 over the ear headphones.


I don't know them but at their price point I'd expect them to be very faithful. I was wondering about your metallic sound - I suffered that much more with monitors than headphones but, for sure, the timbre is what it is. It might be worth your while playing around with the EQ at some point to see if you can shape it a little. Not always fruitful, I'm afraid...

edit; I see you said 'digital', not metallic. That's going to be even more intractable...


Edited by dire tonic (Today at 03:58 AM)

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#2340467 - Today at 04:11 AM Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Sounds lovely to me too! wink

Enjoy feeling like a God, but not too much...

Cheers,
James
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#2340485 - Today at 06:54 AM Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
I felt like god.


For once, and this IS rare, the word awesome would seem to be truly appropriate.

I like your version of this intermezzo a lot. Very warm - I got some of the meanings of the music I didn't get from Dmitri Alexeev's version.....and he's pretty good smile

You can probably pump up the pedal a bit - nearly everyone who comes from acoustic to digital finds the sustain pedal less generous, regardless of which DP or VST you're using.
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#2340553 - 55 minutes 56 seconds ago Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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I do find that the headphones make a surprising amount of difference. The ones that came with my Yamaha piano (HPH-200P) are great. Some good quality Sony ones I also have (MDR-7506) don't sound as nice. They are both over the ear.
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#2340570 - 14 minutes 39 seconds ago Re: Got the VPC1! Hooked up the Ivory! Played Brahms. [Re: de cajon]
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Originally Posted By: de cajon
I do find that the headphones make a surprising amount of difference. The ones that came with my Yamaha piano (HPH-200P) are great. Some good quality Sony ones I also have (MDR-7506) don't sound as nice. They are both over the ear.


That's interesting. Would you say it is due to the fact that the yamahas you have are open back and it is due to sound staging and more spacious sound, or due to other tonal qualities ?

In any case sounds like twosnowflakes bought a very decent set. I also had the sony MDR-7506 but they broke just before I got my copy of the American D ( darn, such bad luck ). Was just thinking about getting them again, since I always liked them, but you have me thinking.

Now I am a total beginner on top so do not have the honed ears that you will have out there , but I too identify something in the treble range, particularly second C from middle and up a few notes sound rather harsh on this piano, almost distorted ( not caused by clipping or anything) and have been unable to dial it out, but at the moment I am using my old fallback headphones sony XBR-300, not very flat performance and bass boosted, I suspect they have a bearing on this, they are very treble thin anyway have that nasal sound. Surprisingly, from the midrange down into the bass they took me by surprise a little bit, for cheap cans sounding rather good in that mid range to bass department with the American D.

In any case. I am in the market for something new myself as well. budget around US 200 dollars. Will pop into town and listen to a few. I am strongly considering a set of open back ( sound leakage is not a problem for me )

Sorry for the off-topic perhaps, though it may be of related interest how to get the best out of this piano VST. smile

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