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Re: Exclusively for KAWAI CA93/CA63 owners: custom settings
TADutchman #1916998 06/21/12 10:35 PM
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Hi Friends,

When I was buying my DP earlier this year, I was debating the 63 vs 93. For the price difference I sacrificed the 93 (improved) sound for the 63. Well, at my company raffle I won a Sharp HT SL70 sound bar (2.1).

I hooked that up through the audio out. Now I have a 6.1. I have the speakers vertical ~ 40" apart on top of the piano and the sub woofer on the floor just left of the piano. I believe I just made up the difference!

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Hello friends,

I really like this forum. For me it is by far the most important and inspiring source for KAWAI users :-)

Today I would like to contribute with a short note, because again a discussion about sound reproduction is "on the run".

For me the most important and underestimated sound adjustment is...*tadadaaaaa* the VOLUME control.

It is in fact not really the loudness you adjust but automactically as you try to play in the same level you experience different fields on the deeps of your instrument.

A bit like the "touch" feature the total level of volume has a great impact on the sound of my CA-93 and the playing style.

It is impressive how just 2 clicks or....hmmmm...lines on the volume slider totally change the sound of the instrument due to different sample layers or ultra progessive algorithms.

Try it out it's worth the time and the best thing. In seconds the sliders is back on the good old "middle" position :-)

Alexander

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Re: Exclusively for KAWAI CA93/CA63 owners: custom settings
TADutchman #2012263 01/10/13 01:17 PM
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Hi All - first post here smile

Respect to everyone who has contributed to this thread.

I have been lurking for quite a while and have recently bought an 'ex-demo' CA63 and am generally loving it.

I have downloaded one of the pdfs containing all the presets so far, but despite reading the manual (and the whole of this thread) I am stuck.

I am trying to use 'Kawai EX - The Winners Choice (Closed Lid)'. I can layer Voice 1 with 'Concert Grand 2' and 'Mellow Grand 2', but cannot for the life of me get 'Concert Grand' into Voice 2 - all I can get on the Piano 2 key is Pop, Rock and Modern pianos.

Also, I notice that 'The Mother Of All D Grands' has 4 sounds assigned to Voice 2 (Mellow Grand 2, Concert Grand, Pop Piano and Modern Piano) - how do you achieve this?

I know that earlier in the thread someone alluded to uploading a 'how-to' guide, but the links no longer work.

Please can someone help me?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Exclusively for KAWAI CA93/CA63 owners: custom settings
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OK, I can now answer my own question!

Looking at ripe_md's pdf charts, where there are more than one sound listed in the Voice 1 or Voice 2 columns, these are alternatives you can choose between.

You can only layer two sounds at a time.

It took a while for me to figure this out!

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TADutchman #2014155 01/13/13 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by TADutchman
By coincidence, here's my DP hint of the week (for any brand):

I was curious and sceptical at the same time whether Quantum Resonance Technology would do anything at all to an audio signal (despite of several positive reviews) and finally decided to just buy the KEMP Elektroniks QA PLUG for my hifi system (as the Nordost 'competitive' product is like ten times more expensive) and put it to the test: I was really impressed with the results as it unexpectedly does as advertised on the box:

"The KE-QA PLUG is the best upgrade for a better live performance of your complete A/V system. Just plug the QA PLUG into a free outlet nearby the A/V set and enjoy the improved stage image, warm details and higher definition. - made with pride and care by KEMP ELEKTRONIKS"

The QA plug made me relisten just about all my favourite CD tracks in awe, as it's effect is not subtle, more like just having obtained a higher-end hifi system! shocked

Also the live acoustics of my CA93, which is plugged into a different outlet in the living room, are positively affected. Check it out for yourself if you dare! (your mileage may vary) wink


I have seen references to this item prior to this and each time I find it interesting but I just cannot "buy" it. I think I will check with a couple of local stereo shoppes and see what they know about it. When something sounds too good ... well, you know the rest.


Don

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Re: Exclusively for KAWAI CA93/CA63 owners: custom settings
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Originally Posted by dmd
I have seen references to this item prior to this and each time I find it interesting but I just cannot "buy" it.
Well, it would be extremely easy to simply return the QA-plug if not satisfied (free of charge), that's why I tried it in the first place. For me it turned out to be a successful experiment without running any risk. smile (please note that I have no relation with the company)

By the way, sorry for my LONG absence, guys. My wife spent several Months in hospital before giving preterm birth to our son. He was born 3 Months early, but after a lot of care and attention he's doing fine now! So, I'm slowly getting back into business again...


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TADutchman #2015890 01/17/13 02:21 AM
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Good to hear from you again TADutchman!

I'm sorry to learn of your wife's childbirth complications, but I'm glad to know that you are all well!

Take care,
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Re: Exclusively for KAWAI CA93/CA63 owners: custom settings
Kawai James #2016003 01/17/13 09:04 AM
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Yes, it is nice to have you back in the saddle again Dutch!


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TADutchman #2016012 01/17/13 09:25 AM
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Congratulations to all.

Sounds like some lullabys could be useful to get some peace smile

Re: Exclusively for KAWAI CA93/CA63 owners: custom settings
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Hallo to all.
Just bought Kawai CA95 black, it's here, near to me right now :-)
As newbie i have some questions.

1) Is possible to use TADutchman presets also for ca95?
2) I have downloaded pdf with all settings. But does anyone can upload the settings for Steinway Grand Devotion Rev 3 normal touching? I'm not very confident just now and i want to be sure that all the settings i do are correct. It would be of some help for me.

Thank you ... in particular to Dutchman for his incredible work!!!

Re: Exclusively for KAWAI CA93/CA63 owners: custom settings
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Hello Fryc,
Thanks for your compliment!

To answer your questions:
1) Most sounds of the CA95 are probably still similar to some extend to the CA93 and dual voice mode is also supported (unlike e.g. the MP10), but there are several enhancements also in the virtual technician, so in order to get the most out of your CA95, you'd probably have to tweak every CA93 custom dual voice preset by ear.

2) The Steinway Grand Devotion Rev 3 normal touch was initially published in this thread, here to be exact: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1622719.html#Post1622719


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TADutchman #2022020 01/27/13 07:17 AM
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A definitive solution should be enhancing CA93 firmware for been the same than CA95 (hint for Kawai Technic department) ;D


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TADutchman #2022052 01/27/13 09:01 AM
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Yes, i'm trying to understand all the settings. This is the first time for me.

What i'm noticing is that there are a lot of differences in the software.

For example, reverb hall 2 doesn't exist. The types are: Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall and Cathedral. For everyone of these types we can adjust DEPTH (1-10) and TIME (1-10).
The effects are even more different. We have: Stereo Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay and many others. It's even possible to combine them.

And finally i don't see KEY SETTINGS !!!

It's very difficult for me to understand what to do.

If you have the possibility to have under your hand the new CA95 and want to do a conversion CA93->CA95 would be wonderful :-) Not every presets of course, just some Steinway, particularly someone ideal for Chopin music.

I'm honest. The CA95's action is very good, but i don't like Concert Grand default sound. Don't like for classical music, in particular Chopin.

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Fryc #2022089 01/27/13 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Fryc
If you have the possibility to have under your hand the new CA95 and want to do a conversion CA93->CA95 would be wonderful :-)

Unfortunately, at the moment I have no funds available anymore for upgrading to a CA95. Nevertheless, I would be happy to rework and optimise all still relevant CA93 dual voice presets for CA95. cool

Just some ideas to get me on board: wink
1. Kawai wants to support this initiative, making a CA95 available (this would be very surprising).
2. Crowd funding by CA95/CA65 owners to make my hardware upgrade possible.


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Nice idea, i will support it :-)
Or you could go in big shop and put your magic hands on a CA95, at least for a beautiful steinway chopin piano ;-)

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Fryc #2022209 01/27/13 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Fryc
Or you could go in big shop and put your magic hands on a CA95, at least for a beautiful steinway chopin piano ;-)
The point is that especially my ears are not so magic in a noisy music shop and also the positioning of the CA95 typically is sub-optimal (and mixing exclusively with headphones generally is a bad idea), so the result would be underwhelming to say the least. Moreover, after developing and testdriving a preset for a few hours, I typically let it rest for like 24-hours and then try again if it still sounds as good as my fatigued ears of yesterday thought it would.


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Right, i understand
Hope you can upgrade soon!!!

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Originally Posted by Fryc
Hope you can upgrade soon!!!

Well, that is not going to happen, independent of budget, as seemingly on purpose Kawai crippled dual voice mode preset development with the CA95.

As you all know, I work exclusively by ear (direct feedback) and that way of working is explicitly frustrated on the CA95. tiki cursing

See also this thread:
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubb...0Mode%20in%20Kawai%20CA.html#Post1982207

The MP10 dual voice mode nightmare (compared to MP8) apparently wasn't enough...

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Dear Dutch ...

As someone who is currently considering a new CA95/97, I just wondered if you, or James, or indeed anyone, has found any solution to the simply dreadful native harpsichord sample in the Kawais by using Virtual Technician ... ie as opposed to trying to do something via Pianoteq or such like?

Best wishes, and thanks for your extensive postings over a number of years on this thread: very interesting, very informative, and very helpful!

Schama

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Originally Posted by TADutchman

As you all know, I work exclusively by ear (direct feedback) and that way of working is explicitly frustrated on the CA95.


This is interesting, but I don't understand. How can a digital piano (or indeed, any instrument) hinder you from playing by ear? I can understand if you have a problem with its score reading display or something, but if you're playing by ear, how does the CA95 'explicitly frustrate' your work?


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