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 Hi all,

I have just recently purchased a new key station 88 from M audio
and now I'm looking for the best software to purchase that will allow me to use such a misi keyboard and teach me, a brand new beginning adult to play!

thanks everyone, 

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Do you have a budget, or are you looking for free piano software?


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You know something strange... I have also used a Keystation 49. The keyboard itself is not very much like a real piano; not weighted etc. But here is the thing, I use Ivory II Grand Pianos and headphones, and I swear the keyboard feels so much better and closer to an AP. Strange but true.

So an answer to your question, one of the VP such as Ivory (sampled) or Pianoteq (modeled) works really well. Of course you need to attach to computer through USB MIDI etc.

Hmm, in re-reading your question, I may have missed the mark. In terms of learning software you might try PianoMarvel. Do a search in the beginners forum for other suggestions. Good luck!!


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I have a budget of about $200 for software

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For piano software:

I think that $200 will buy a copy of Pianoteq Stage (which includes the [don't call it a Steinway imitation] "D" and [don't call it a Kawai imitation] "K" pianos), and the "Bluthner" add-on piano (which several of us really like).

You'll need a computer fast enough to run them. To test, download the free trial version before spending any money.

That doesn't include _any_ instructional software. If you want that, find some piano freeware, and spend the money on the instructional software instead. The free piano software won't be as good as Pianoteq, but it'll get you started.

For instructional software recommendations, you might want to try the "Adult Beginners" forum (which may be where you started . . . ).

. Charles

PS -- I'm a happy owner of Pianoteq. I drive it with a Casio PX-350, and use the soundcard built into my laptop computer.


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Vintage D and Synthogy Ivory German D are my favorites. The latter comes bundled with two other pianos that I couldn't care less about but add to the price unfortunately...


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