Many thanks for taking the time to answer my questions in such detail. I really appreciate it.
I see from your responses that the choice of conventional â€œcontrollerâ€ versus â€œpianoâ€ is often an economic one. Itâ€™s good to hear that there are no technical obstacles that I donâ€™t know about. Of course it makes no sense for someone to purchase a $2500 piano when they know ahead of time that will be using it only to generate MIDI instructions. In my case, I already have the piano and Iâ€™m looking for a way to improve it. However, as btcomm pointed out, at this point I know zip about setting up a virtual instrument. So I guess I have a lot of pretty naÃ¯ve sounding questions. Your responses have helped remove a lot of doubts. Thank you.
Incidentally, a salesman at my local Guitar Center store told me it couldnâ€™t be done based on his experience that he had never heard of it being done. He claimed that most probably a DP does not generate all the required MIDI instructions that the software will be looking for. I suspect he really didnâ€™t know much more than me about virtual pianos.
And, of course, I donâ€™t think youâ€™re evil. But yes, and I know it sounds naÃ¯ve, but I was beginning to wonder if the type of music played might be an important factor. Iâ€™m glad to hear it makes no difference.
Vincent L. wrote
Is there a noticeable lag between your CLP and the sounds played from the cotrolled computer software compared to the sound coming out of your CLP when played as a regular dp?
Good question. At this point I donâ€™t know for sure because I have not yet setup a virtual instrument. However, I do use piano keyboard entry in my music editor (Finale) and the response seems very instantaneous. I realize that is not a measurable test, but it is encouraging.
I believe my next task down this road is to install some public domain virtual instrument software on my current controlling computer and see if I can get it working. I saw a thread recently that provided a link to a related site. I will try to find that again. A public domain virtual piano may not make my instrument sound any better, but it will give me the technical confidence to go forward with this idea.
Vincent L. wrote
I don't believe you need to get a computer as expensive & powerful as some gamers need.
The product called Akoustik Piano requires a minimum 1.5 GHz system, but they recommend 3 GHz. Yup, thatâ€™s getting pretty close to a game machine, without the high capability graphics of course. Yup, I was surprised also. Synthogyâ€™s Ivory has similar requirements.
Apparently some virtual piano products operate in two modes, a full-blown mode with all the features and high quality tone, and a watered down mode that basically operates and sounds like an old upright at your local bar (yes, Iâ€™m exaggerating). Iâ€™m told the software is smart enough to decide on-its-own which mode to run based on available system resources. Well, itâ€™s nice to hear that the software may work on my mediocre computer, but I canâ€™t see spending $200 to $400 on software that my machine isnâ€™t strong enough to take full advantage of.
By the way, my current controlling computer at the CLP-230 is an old 800 MHz machine. Obviously it needs to be replaced. In fact, I notice that Finale gobbles up 100% CPU when doing a playback of a score. And thatâ€™s just a music editor, not a virtual instrument. But obviously my intentions to run a virtual instrument will greatly affect what kind of computer I replace it with.
For your information, the reason all these ideas have been swimming in my head has to do with the new Yamaha 3xx series of Clavinova pianos to be introduced this year. Many people have already expressed interest in upgrading. But then I started thinking, why do that when for less money I can purchase a new computer bundled with virtual piano software that may sound just as good as the new Clavinova's?
I guess this is the start of a whole new adventure for me. I thank everyone in this thread for this tangential sideline conversation away from the initial subject of polyphony.