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Piano Disc with Symphony Pro #254752
07/23/03 08:46 PM
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Hi,

Can anyone tell me more about pianodisc symphone pro. What is the different?.
Yesterday, I was at my friend's house who have a pianodisc installed into his Petrof piano. The system does not come with the symphony pro. When playing the system at his house, I could hear the orchestra playback.Is it not the same as having a symphony pro?

If I choose to install just the system with out Symphony Pro now [b'coz budget] can I buy the hardware later and installed myself [DIY]?.

Thanks

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Re: Piano Disc with Symphony Pro #254753
07/23/03 09:21 PM
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Jay, the Symphony Pro is a sound module that enables synchronous midi accompaniment to your acoustic files. It's supposed to be installed by a qualified technician...I doubt if you could get anyone to sell it to you outright.

The PianoCD feature of the basic PianoDisc system allows for live vocal or instrumental tracks to play simultaneously with acoustic files, and of course this is more realistic than the Symphony Pro, but it can't read a midi file.

You would also need the Symphony Pro if you wanted to install a midi record strip.

-Jimbo


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Originally posted by Jimbo:
Jay, the Symphony Pro is a sound module that enables synchronous midi accompaniment to your acoustic files. It's supposed to be installed by a qualified technician...I doubt if you could get anyone to sell it to you outright.

The PianoCD feature of the basic PianoDisc system allows for live vocal or instrumental tracks to play simultaneously with acoustic files, and of course this is more realistic than the Symphony Pro, but it can't read a midi file.

You would also need the Symphony Pro if you wanted to install a midi record strip.

-Jimbo
Thank Jimbo for the explanation.
I thought it will be as simple like removing or installing hardware card of a computer.

Re: Piano Disc with Symphony Pro #254755
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The symphony pro card is simple to install but its my understanding that only an authorized, factory trained PD installer can do any work on the unit otherwise the warrantee becomes immediately null and void. By comparison the QRS system, which I personally like better and I've owned both, comes with a sound set included at no extra charge on their Chili unit. As far as reproduction is concerned they both work equally in my opinion. I have had no problem with either system, although PD is the larger company, which doesn't necessarily mean better. Good Luck.

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Another major advantage of having Symphonie Pro is the ability to record instruments other than piano. Or, to alter MIDI files to change instruments. If adds a great deal of flexibility for making and altering multi-instrument arrangements.

It is only really useful to an experienced player.


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Re: Piano Disc with Symphony Pro #254757
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Thanks for the advise.

If the system is on playback will it harm the pianodisc if i depress other keys?. What about the pedals?. (On grand piano)

Finally, any do and don't when owning this system?

Regards

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I personally would not mess with the other keys whilst the system is playing unless you know for sure which keys are not going to be depressed. Its my understanding that if you stike a key and the solenoid rises at the same time, it will not meet the resistence it expects and therefore will possibly need re-alignment, if that makes sense. There are things you can do so that you can play along with either your right hand or left hand in a practice situation.

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You won't hurt anything by playing the piano while the pianodisc is playing.


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Re: Piano Disc with Symphony Pro #254760
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You won't hurt anything by playing the piano while the pianodisc is playing.
Thanks John.

And, does pianodisc need any service/maintainence like the piano needs tuning, regulating, & voicing over the time.
If it does what is it?.

Thanks

Re: Piano Disc with Symphony Pro #254761
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good question about ongoing maintenance of a PianoDisc system.

I know that when new there is a lengthy "calibration" process of making sure that each solenoid fires at a consistent rate so the piano plays with consistent volume....does the piano ever fall out of that calibration? Do the solenoids ever need lubrication?

David


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