Are there Krono users out there who have gone through the same frustration as me - and either edited one of their top stock patches with the piano design functions, eq, IXF's or key action settings etc.. to get a very satisfying stock sound?
My second is - are there any using third party "designed for Kronos" piano patches that do the trick?
Lastly have any users successfully mated the Kronos with Pianoteq or other VST's... and created an expressive instrument? Does the RH3 play these programs seamlessly? Expressively?
I wonder if any of this is possible with the RH3 Key action and its response curves. But let me know if you've found a sweet, singing, inspiring piano sound working via the Kronos... I'd be very appreciative! Cheers!
1) The Kronos can deliver excellent piano sounds, you just need to customize some piano programs to your taste. The big advantage of the Kronos over most "conventional" DPs is that instead of having a few dozens parameters to play with, in HD-1 mode *
(more below) you have access to hundreds of them per program. Here's a video where I play one of my custom piano programs featuring the Bechstein : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieRwcS_mlJI
. If you want, just listen to the first 30 seconds to hear how it sounds played more softly and then around 04:00 I really like how the piano sounds when played louder - very full, yet without being too aggressive like some stock programs at ff
and +. Of course, tastes vary from one person to the next so you might instead think it's just meh.
2) I tried many third party acoustic pianos and IMHO none of them gets halfway close to what Korg programmed for the Kronos. My favorite is the Bechstein/Berlin, followed by the Fazioli/Italian and finally the Steinway/German. I deleted the Yamaha/Japanese after I bought the new Fazioli/Italian, as it became totally useless to my ears. So now, I practice classical daily using only those three pianos. The RH3 is not the most sophisticated action for acoustic piano, but on the other hand it is extremely reliable, solid and comfortable to play. I'm sure it can easily be used to control any external VST.*
There are good acoustic piano programs both in SGX-2 and HD-1 modes. Each of them offers different advantages and it's possible to get excellent customized programs with both engines. On one hand, the SGX-2 is easier to master and offers modeled sympathetic resonance and the usual noise and damper artifacts. On the other hand, the HD-1 lets you control many more aspects like velocity, timbre, etc.