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Re: Pianoteq 6.5
Beakybird #2849683 05/18/19 03:45 PM
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Let’s suppose we really have a hi-res MIDI file. It means we have 16000 levels. The dynamic range of a piano is around 50dB. Which means that a single MIDI velocity step is 0.003dB. Can you hear that? wink Even at 127 steps that makes for 0.4dB a step. Can you hear that? smile 1dB is considered the smallest difference a golden ear can hear. Hi-res MIDI is a scam IMO. It’s the 24-bit of MIDI. Audiophilia everywhere...

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Originally Posted by CyberGene
Let’s suppose we really have a hi-res MIDI file. It means we have 16000 levels. The dynamic range of a piano is around 50dB. Which means that a single MIDI velocity step is 0.003dB. Can you hear that? wink Even at 127 steps that makes for 0.4dB a step. Can you hear that? smile 1dB is considered the smallest difference a golden ear can hear. Hi-res MIDI is a scam IMO. It’s the 24-bit of MIDI. Audiophilia everywhere...


I don't know, when I listen to a classical piece, and I hear a note-off velocity of 93 when it is supposed to be 93.42, my ears go ouch. I can't take it!


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Re: Pianoteq 6.5
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Originally Posted by CyberGene
Let’s suppose we really have a hi-res MIDI file. It means we have 16000 levels. The dynamic range of a piano is around 50dB. Which means that a single MIDI velocity step is 0.003dB. Can you hear that? wink Even at 127 steps that makes for 0.4dB a step. Can you hear that? smile 1dB is considered the smallest difference a golden ear can hear. .


Dynamic range of piano is 50dB? Where did you get that number? This is what surprised me in Pianoteq as well as I wrote earlier. In pianoteq default is 40 dB which is ridiculously low. Anyway loudest piano can play is around 105 dB, queietesst around 20 or 30 I'd say? (wiki tells me that's the quiet talking loudness) so dynamic range is around 70-80 dB, On random website I've found it is clearly 70 dB between ppp and fff. Anyway what's more interesting is the thing you say about how we are able to hear only 1dB difference? I'm interested about that. Isn't this talk kind of like "people can't see more than 30 fps"?


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Forget that I used the word "steadily", did you even get 15 progressive levels? I tried this myself by the way. I did not get 15 progressive levels, steadily or not.

Really? Gonna try it in free time, one can never know without measuring so I'm interested in the results now smile

Re: Pianoteq 6.5
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Let someone do an easy test with Pianoteq. Program one and same repeating note with alternating velocities like 64, 65, 64, 65, etc. We can try at various velocity ranges, keyboard ranges and note durations. And if we can hear a single step in the standard MIDI 2-127 values we can then also test with high-res MIDI.


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Re: Pianoteq 6.5
Beakybird #2849759 05/18/19 09:40 PM
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I have Roland RD-800 with Hi-Res MIDI ... I tested (playing) it with Pianoteq with Hi-Res MIDI enable/disable, switching back and forth.
It doesn't give wider dynamic range.
It doesn't give finer control over dynamic control (0-127 is plenty enough for human playing).
In fact, I couldn't remember if it is enable right now. It doesn't make a difference to a player.

What it gives is ... higher (i.e. different) velocity values.
Maybe for some other instruments that can make use of bigger velocity range, but for piano I can't see it necessary.

Re: Pianoteq 6.5
Beakybird #2849781 05/19/19 12:28 AM
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I think the HD MIDI might be relevant beyond just finer velocity steps, which may or may not be perceivable to the average player at say the 1db level.

However, combining finer steps of velocity AND timbre, small changes might be perceivable and might more closely approximate the "natural variation" of an acoustic instrument.

On the other hand, asking current speaker and headphone technology to reproduce such subtlety may be a bridge too far.

I notice subtle differences repeating notes on an acoustic piano (and some other acoustic instruments for that matter), but don't notice such differences on my piano VIs, which grows somewhat boring. I think PianoTeq runs some random variance in sound but that is different.

Some of us might speculate that CyberGene is so happy with his new piano thanks to some secret internal HD MIDI scheme.

Re: Pianoteq 6.5
Tyrone Slothrop #2849807 05/19/19 04:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Are you game for a little test of your fine motor control?

Oi, me want to do that!
Needed a few attempts, never tried to play a scale like that before. laugh

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Originally Posted by newer player
I think the HD MIDI might be relevant beyond just finer velocity steps, which may or may not be perceivable to the average player at say the 1db level.

However, combining finer steps of velocity AND timbre, small changes might be perceivable and might more closely approximate the "natural variation" of an acoustic instrument.

This. It's not all about volume, velocity affects whole piano sound since it's the only thing we can control while pressing keys smile

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Re: Pianoteq 6.5
Beakybird #2849830 05/19/19 06:03 AM
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Timbre changes only very slightly between similar velocities. It’s absurd you can distinguish timbre and volume changes (even combined) between thousands of adjacent steps.


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Originally Posted by CyberGene
Timbre changes only very slightly between similar velocities. It’s absurd you can distinguish timbre and volume changes (even combined) between thousands of adjacent steps.

I agree, this explains why VST could work with only 10-20 layers (only 10-20 different timbres), but adjust the volume depending of the velocity.


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Granyala #2849843 05/19/19 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Granyala
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Are you game for a little test of your fine motor control?

Oi, me want to do that!
Needed a few attempts, never tried to play a scale like that before. laugh

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You're results are like mine. I must have tried 20 times and could not get a progressive cresc. and dim,


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Tyrone Slothrop #2849844 05/19/19 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
You're results are like mine. I must have tried 20 times and could not get a progressive cresc. and dim,

I'm sure my teacher could do that.
Hey, at least I managed some resemblance of linearity between B3 and G4. laugh


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Re: Pianoteq 6.5
Granyala #2849859 05/19/19 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
You're results are like mine. I must have tried 20 times and could not get a progressive cresc. and dim,

I'm sure my teacher could do that.

I'd like to think my teacher could too. But on the other hand, I think John Mortensen is a professor of piano performance and a Steinway Artist, and if he could manage a continuous progression in dynamics (never mind "steadily" or "linear") himself over 15 ascending/descending notes, he likely would not have made that video or it would have been different in its content. I came to his video with an open mind. I watched it and was a skeptic. I tried it myself and decided he had something there.

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Hey, at least I managed some resemblance of linearity between B3 and G4. laugh

I have no doubt that if instead of about 20 times, I had tried 2000 times, at least one of those times, I would have had a progression from C3 to C5 (in mathematics it's called a "monotonic function," one that increases without reversals or duplications in value or decreases without reversals or duplication). But then doing this 2000 times wouldn't show it's consciously reproducible.


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Beakybird #2849887 05/19/19 09:12 AM
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Hm, I just noticed in another thread the “Bechstein Digital Grand” sample based VST made by Bechstein themselves. I thought that particular DG reference was a fancy name invented by Pianoteq but a second read of their description actually confirms they modeled their sound after the samples of an actual piano and not after an actual piano. Which actually confirms once again a previous statement some of us have made: Pianoteq synthesizes the sound in a way that recreates a pre-recorded sound. Whether they can also model the physical object which we call “piano” rather than approaching recorded waves is a matter of dispute. Or maybe they support both? Even simultaneously? But since Bechstein DG is to my ears the least synthetic Pianoteq model so far (although I can still detect some hints of it), I’m wondering if it’s the way Pianoteq should utilize most in future.

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There are things the ear is extremely sensitive to, like distinguishing human voices and all of the subtle emotions conveyed in speech. But I can't think of any MIDI value where HI-res MIDI can be distinguishable from regular MIDI. Pitch? Volume? Velocity? 127 gradations is plenty.
As Hi-res MIDI is CPU friendly and compatible with regular MIDI devices, why not?


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Originally Posted by Beakybird
Tell Modart about this. They'll come out with an update within a week. I don't experience this bug.
What do people think of the sound ?


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I have 2 more questions about Pianoteq:
-when can I expect it to be on sale, some people said "summer" is it like regular thing? June, July or August?
-I've learned that buying Pianoteq means that you can update it for only a year, how much for prolonging license?

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If you buy the version 6, you will be allowed to download all 6.xx.

When the v7 will arrive, it will cost 29€ to upgrade an older version.


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Or just get the free trial edition.
It has a half-dozen or so of notes that don't play.
But those sound better than any of the others! smile

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Originally Posted by Nordomus

-when can I expect it to be on sale, some people said "summer" is it like regular thing? June, July or August?


Last year, on the 16th of August, I received their newsletter where a "Summer sale" was announced. The offer was 30% off the Standard version, and 30% off the upgrade price from Stage to Standard version.


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