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#2558655 - Yesterday at 04:12 PM DP with good orchestral sounds?
Radio.Octave Offline
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Registered: 08/17/08
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I already have a grand piano, so I've got the acoustic sound covered smile but I like to play a lot of movie scores, which tend to be orchestral in nature. Can you guys recommend a keyboard with decent touch, full 88-keys and most importantly good string sounds? Thanks!
Kawai RX-6 BLAK


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#2558658 - Yesterday at 04:21 PM Re: DP with good orchestral sounds? [Re: Radio.Octave]
Morodiene Offline
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For string sounds, you don't want a really good DP, but am 88-key MIDI controller, and use software sounds for the strings. You will achieve a much more realistic sound this way.

But in case you're looking for just playing string sounds (and not into recording them to sound realistic), then you may want to look at some less than 88-key options. They will have a better synth-like action which is much better to play string sounds on, and strings don't ever go as high or low as an 88-key provides.

Any of the good workstations would be sufficient for this, but personally I like the string sounds on Yamaha.

Do you have a budget? That would help narrow down the possibilities.
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#2558706 - Yesterday at 08:07 PM Re: DP with good orchestral sounds? [Re: Radio.Octave]
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Kurzweil boards are often praised for their orchestral sounds.

Employed by Kawai Japan, however the opinions I express are my own.
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#2558770 - Today at 05:00 AM Re: DP with good orchestral sounds? [Re: Radio.Octave]
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I thought this sounded pretty good.
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#2558819 - Today at 09:25 AM Re: DP with good orchestral sounds? [Re: Radio.Octave]
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Sure, Kurzweil and Yamaha have spent a great deal of time making sure their instruments can cover plenty of orchestral timbres. The OP is going to have to suggest a budget. The Kurzweil Forte and Yamaha Montage are at the top of the price points.

A Kawai VPC-1 + MacBook Pro running MainStage is a decent idea as well for someone owning a grand piano.

#2558930 - Today at 08:29 PM Re: DP with good orchestral sounds? [Re: Radio.Octave]
Radio.Octave Offline
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Thanks for the suggestions. Budget wise, I'm not really sure. I think something in the $1-2K range would work. I was leaning toward something piano-like in feel since that's what I'm already accustomed to. Built-in speakers would be nice, too.

That Montage on Youtube sounded great, but that's probably more than I need at this point. Hoping to find something of decent quality with strings that don't sound too cheesy. For example, I'm working on Roll Tide from Crimson Tide currently. It sounds nice on piano, but not quite as good as strings.
Kawai RX-6 BLAK

#2558940 - 30 minutes 1 second ago Re: DP with good orchestral sounds? [Re: Radio.Octave]
Jay Roland Offline
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Registered: 12/08/13
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Loc: Edmonton Alberta

Great workstation with about 2100 very good quality sounds and a nice key action. If you don't find the exact sounds you're looking for, you go here:


The expansions listed on that page are no charge and can be freely swapped in and out of your Workstation as the need arises.

(at least two of the free expansions have orchestral and string patches ready to go)

Comes in under 2K USD at $1799.00

Worth some research.


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