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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.
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?
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.
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...