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Question for Kawai Virtual Technician app users #2619517
03/02/17 02:17 AM
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Hi all,

You were all very helpful giving me about a month ago on which digital piano to buy. I'm 99% decided on the Kawai cs8, and will be making my final decision over the weekend.

My question for you today is about the Kawai Virtual Technician iOS app. Those of you that use it - does it offer anything other than convenience and ease of use over the onboard menu?

I'm a committed Android user so would have to buy a iPad just for this, and I'm wondering whether it's worth it. I can get a second hand iPad Air 1st generation for about £250 (this is the minimum model Kawai James recommended in another thread). I know potentially I could use it for other things such as sheet music, but I'm much more of a paper and pencil person so doubt I'd get a lot of this sort of use out of it. Does anyone use an iPad for any other DP related activities?

I'm not really in a rush as I'm sure it will take me a while to get to the point where I really want to mess around with settings, but just wanted to get your opinions.

Thanks!
Laura

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Re: Question for Kawai Virtual Technician app users [Re: laura_moon] #2619522
03/02/17 03:30 AM
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Hello Laura,

The main goal of the Virtual Technician app is to allow Kawai customers to adjust piano settings from a nice interface on their iPad, rather than scroll through menus in the instrument's control panel. The app is very useful for models that have less buttons or no display, but perhaps less important for higher-end models that already offer quite an intuitive interface such as the CS8.

I believe the only additional function offered by the app (and not present in a product itself) is the ability to load and save (and name) favourite configurations to the iPad's memory, and select them via the Smart Mode interface in the app.

Honestly speaking, I would not recommend purchasing an iPad exclusively for the VT app, however there are lots of other great music related apps available on iOS (far more than Android), so I'm sure you would be able to find functionality to justify the £250 outlay.

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Re: Question for Kawai Virtual Technician app users [Re: laura_moon] #2619556
03/02/17 06:13 AM
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I'm also an Android user and having bought a CA67 looked in to whether getting an iPad would be worth it just for the VT app. I already have an Android tablet I'm very happy with so otherwise wouldn't consider buying an iPad.

After getting used to the CA67 and the on board VT system I wouldn't suggest getting an iPad if that is all you think you would use it for.

I don't doubt the iPad is a much nicer way to control things, but ultimately the on board interface is fine once you're used to it and personally I've found settings that I like and I don't really change them any more.

If once you have a CS8 you find you really enjoy tweaking the sounds regularly then consider if the iPad is worth it, but I certainly wouldn't get one right away.

Re: Question for Kawai Virtual Technician app users [Re: laura_moon] #2619562
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I would recommend the iPad for forescore. I actually didn't use the app as much as I thought. I did some tweaking at the beginning, and that was it. More about me than other people. I am not at that place where I am that fussed about key sound. Maybe I will one day. The interface on the piano was sufficient. Enjoy your new piano, I know I love mine...


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Re: Question for Kawai Virtual Technician app users [Re: Kawai James] #2619564
03/02/17 06:52 AM
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I'm also on android in terms of my devices, and while the control panel is a bit fiddly but there's 18 registration slots to save settings to along with being able to save whole registration sets to USB so I certainly wouldn't consider it worth it to get an ipad just for the app. I don't really have a need for other music apps either.

Originally Posted by Kawai James

Honestly speaking, I would not recommend purchasing an iPad exclusively for the VT app, however there are lots of other great music related apps available on iOS (far more than Android), so I'm sure you would be able to find functionality to justify the £250 outlay.


Or you could just prod whoever's heading that up to hurry up and port it to android already. wink




Re: Question for Kawai Virtual Technician app users [Re: Bambers] #2619609
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Originally Posted by Bambers

Or you could just prod whoever's heading that up to hurry up and port it to android already. wink



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