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Kawai Virtual Technician settings #2733925
05/03/18 05:09 PM
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Before I dive into the VT settings, has anyone been through this before?

I like the CA67 sounds, just not all across a single keyboard the way they've been set up by default. Worst case scenario, the bass is loud and boomy, the middle notes boxy and mid-rangey, the high notes sharply percussive and bright. When I play pp it can sound muffled, as if there's a pillow over it. But the bass can be clear and strong, the mids resonant and the high notes dreamy, just not all on the same setting!

So do I need to adjust each key using the Key Voicing settings, or am I better off trying global settings first like a preset Voicing (mellow/bright), the Touch Curve or the overall instrument Tone Control (which I think acts as a 4-band parametric EQ)? So many options, some of which have the potential to cancel each other out.

Does the Topboard Simulation really sound like closing the lid, or is it just more fancy EQ? I like a mellow piano sound rather than a zingy sound.

How do I set up a user touch curve, is it just play a few ppp notes and a few fff notes and it works out my dynamic range?

I read once a suggestion of slightly detuning each note to get a less sterile piano sound, but surely the samples already reflect a regularly tuned piano, rather than absolutely perfect pitches like a computer would generate? Anyone ever done this, was it worthwhile?

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Re: Kawai Virtual Technician settings [Re: GoldmanT] #2733951
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Hi Goldman , I have the MP11 ,on mine I adjusted the Touch ,EQ , Lid , Reverb , Brightness and my sound comes through crystal clear and not boxy at all , hope that helps . Mike

Re: Kawai Virtual Technician settings [Re: GoldmanT] #2734005
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You might find it useful to go through the smart mode settings initially and see if any of those better suit your preferences. If you select one of those you can then go into the 'advanced' (regular?) VT menu and see what the settings are.

Re: Kawai Virtual Technician settings [Re: GoldmanT] #2734048
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It's very difficult to suggest anything because taste is so personal...Besides, rooms and headphones sound different to each one, too.

This said, I used to like mellow pianos with a bright1 voicing, touch heavy, string resonance 9, damper 6, no EQ, key off 8. Reverb Concert Hall with low values for depht and duration, just a tad.
Lately I've moved to Concert Grand but the rest is the same, except voicing.
It depends on the mood and piece I'm playing.

You can try many things, like creating different zones (split) each with their own configuration, so you can have it all just as you like.


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Re: Kawai Virtual Technician settings [Re: mabraman] #2734060
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Originally Posted by mabraman
It's very difficult to suggest anything because taste is so personal...Besides, rooms and headphones sound different to each one, too.

This said, I used to like mellow pianos with a bright1 voicing, touch heavy, string resonance 9, damper 6, no EQ, key off 8. Reverb Concert Hall with low values for depht and duration, just a tad.
Lately I've moved to Concert Grand but the rest is the same, except voicing.
It depends on the mood and piece I'm playing.

You can try many things, like creating different zones (split) each with their own configuration, so you can have it all just as you like.


Thanks for that, it does actually help - I would have thought that bright voicing and heavy touch might cancel each other out, but thinking about it now I can see how it would work, keeping a brighter tone at low velocity playing while not allowing it to go too bright for forte playing.

When you say zones/splits, how would you set that up? I don't remember seeing the option to have totally different VT settings for particular zones of the keyboard, apart from individual key voicing and volume.

Re: Kawai Virtual Technician settings [Re: GoldmanT] #2734115
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If I recall well, you can split the keyboard into zones in wich you play different instruments, in this case all are pianos. When you choose an instrument you can set it up to your liking and save It with no setting restrictions. Anyway read the manual for steps and details, perhaps it isn't possible to that degree but I'm almost sure it is.


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Re: Kawai Virtual Technician settings [Re: GoldmanT] #2734120
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Reading page 20 and following (and 77 for registrations) It is not clear if you can edit each instrument in detail before storing the combo. If it was possible to asign previously stored custom pianos to each zone, and not just default instruments, you'd have It already.


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