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#1187082 04/25/09 11:28 AM
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hello,
which is the best keyboard mechanism to use with Pianoteq ?
Thanks for your suggestions.

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...whichever action you like best. There's just know way to answer that question without you getting out there and putting your hands on keyboards for yourself. Reason being, if you ask 10 people what their favorite action is, you'll likely get close to 10 different answers...and still, you may hate all 10 of them! Personally, I am happy with my Casio PX-320's action. It's nice and heavy, like I like it. But some people hate it. Similarly, many people like the fast response of the Roland FP-4 (PHA Alpha II action, I believe it's called), but I hate it. Way too light and shallow, in my opinion. So just find a Guitar Center, Sam Ash, or whatever the equivalent is in your neck of the woods, and test some out. And make sure that you jot down some notes as far as which models you were playing, because you'll find that many different models share the same action. If you know which model you played, you've essentially evaluated the action of 2-3 other models in many cases.

But another factor to consider when you're using it as a controller like you will be, is the connection between the action and the sound. A great mechanism is nothing if it doesn't feel connected to the sound in the right way. So preferably, the 'board that you choose will have an adjustable velocity response, so that you can adapt it to your playing style and the response of the software. Of course, you'll also have to adjust your software's latency so that there's no perceivable gap between the time you press a key and the time the note sounds, but that's another topic altogether...

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Pianoteq has an adjustable "velocity response" curve, so this wouldn't be a requirement of the keyboard you have.

Good advice to try out various actions.

Glenn

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It's impossible to evaluate which keyboard is best for pianoteq just based on how it feels and sounds with its stock sounds.

I have a FP-4, and I think it allows for very expressive playing in Pianoteq, with no velocity adjustments needed. Note that the FP-4 transmits a real note off velocity, which is a feature not found in many other digital pianos.

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Originally Posted by Glenn NK
Pianoteq has an adjustable "velocity response" curve, so this wouldn't be a requirement of the keyboard you have.

Good advice to try out various actions.

Glenn


Yep, that's what I was going to say. I've been evaluating Pianoteq, (mostly vs. Truepianos) and am very close to pulling the trigger.... smile



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I recently bought a fp4, and tried many other DPs. A couple of Kawai, Kurzweil SP2 and PC3x, a couple of Yamaha models and even the korg sp250. I had fun playing fp4 much more than other instruments. Sure, pc3x is a great instrument, but the price difference is not worth it for me.
I have a copy of pianoteq, but I've only used it one or two times since I got my fp4. Pianoteq has some nice features, but I am too lazy to hook-up the keyboard to my computer. I am satisfied with the sound of fp4

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If you like a nice heavy action and are prepared to pay for it, try the Kawai MP8II. I <3 mine (though it took a while for me to warm to it in the store), and the feel is unlike anything from Roland or Yamaha.

If you can find a distributor and want a "dumb" midi controller with a good action, Studiologic Fatar seem to be regarded by many as the best available.

seanakaforty gave some good advice.


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