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Instead of changing boxes, colors, devices, desk placement at the NAMM, etc, I rather prefer to hear some news from Synthogy about new more realistic pianos they working on, (I hope), because at the moment, I dont want to order anything more from them. There are lots of other pianos from other brands better then Ivory. Thanks anyway for information.

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Really good idea, but if you have buy all their pianos separately (?) it may be a bit cost prohibitive to ever become more than a niche product. I also wonder what level of control the box offers to shape and customize the sound. Perhaps it can interface with a PC (or maybe one can plug a mouse/ pc monitor into it) to give you full access to the customization options. I look forward to seeing more about it.

Seems like it might make a great option to pair with a kawai VPC1


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The box looks pretty much like a normal small factor pc with some controls and sockets added. There's a HDMI output and USB connector, so it could well be that it can be used as an PC. Could not find anything about it online. Would be nice to know, if it will run Ivory only or if this will be open for other virtual instruments as well :-)

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For a performer on the road, this might be more reliable than a laptop-based VST.
Likewise in the studio.
I don't think this product is intended for the home market.

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I think it's great - I think many of us have wanted something like this for ages. It also shows they have great pride in their instruments.

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I think it's great - I think many of us have wanted something like this for ages. It also shows they have great pride in their instruments.

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I'm with you. I can't wait to hear more about this. My first question is will it upgrade-able?

I played gigs with laptop but when I went back to sounds in DP (Roland FP4 at the time,) I decided it was just fine and less schepp. I searched for a module before I bought first VST, but there were none. I probably would of nixed the laptop and bought this box. I'm not a home producer so I don't need a bunch of VSTs.


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My guesses:

Expensive. Custom, purpose-built hardware serving a narrow, limited-distribution market comes at a high price.

And I'm betting: not upgradable.

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Originally Posted by Thomas B
The box looks pretty much like a normal small factor pc with some controls and sockets added. There's a HDMI output and USB connector, so it could well be that it can be used as an PC. Could not find anything about it online. Would be nice to know, if it will run Ivory only or if this will be open for other virtual instruments as well :-)


Great points Thomas.

It's interesting that the ad suggests the Ivory libraries themselves are installed onto USB flash drives connected to the front of the unit, rather than to storage (SSD?) inside the device. I wonder if the iLok dongle will still be required?

Looking forward to reading more about the unit later in the month.

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Thanks for posting this, it looks interesting to say the least. Considering that this is purpose built I wonder if it will solve the issue that some users report of "disconnect" or latency when playing virtual instruments on their laptop/pc. If it plays as well as a DP's internal sounds then this could be an attractive solution for home users also...

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Most likely this will not be in direct competition with the reason hardware units, but I guess it will be similar on the inside. I wonder what this Vixano thing is and if we will see other products based on Vixano that might come with more flexibility and maybe it also eliminates the need for the iLok dongle :-)

As this will be a PC inside and not made of specialized hardware components, I don't think that this will achieve better latency than a good PC with an adequate sound interface and drivers. At least for me that latency would be good enough.

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How do you know it will have a PC inside?
And if by "PC" you mean Windows ... how do you know it will be running Windows?
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As this will be a PC inside and not made of specialized hardware components ...

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Educated guess by looking at the connectors. It doesn't necessarily have to be a 'windows' PC. The term stands for 'Personal Computer' I would not be surprised if it doesn't just have a bare bones linux operating system and maybe some windows emulators libraries (wine) like the receptor or musebox.
The company illio's website shows a store front for virtual instruments by various manufacturers. Its not too likely to be producing dedicated DSP chips & hardware. So more likely its a scaled down computer running an open source OS and libraries and likely some proprietary code as well.


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Originally Posted by slobajudge
There are lots of other pianos from other brands better then Ivory.

Which VST piano is better than Ivory in your opinion?


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Hi MacMacMac,

could be something else, but I have never seen a "real hardware sound module" with ethernet connection, wifi module and hdmi output smile I would be surprised if does not run either Linux or Windows Embedded.

I think you're totally right with the module most likely being expensive because of the "custom, purpose-built hardware serving a narrow, limited-distribution market" as you stated. This product is clearly a special piece of hardware (and most likely software), but I can not imagine that the core is not a standard pc platform.

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I don't know about you guys but i think this is a good idea.. the portability coupled with the reliability. It's like a ps4 console for piano. No frills. And it may put virtual instruments in the spotlight. Alot of people are still very much computer illiterate. And many down even know what an audio interface is mustless an ssd.



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Originally Posted by Thomas B

I think you're totally right with the module most likely being expensive because of the "custom, purpose-built hardware serving a narrow, limited-distribution market"


Yep, and I bet a lot of people advised them not to produce it for those reasons. I think it's cool that they made the bloody thing anyway.

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I think it's a great idea, too.
Just plug it in and go. One midi cable, one power plug. Easy.
But I'm betting it's not a good value for the home user. We'll soon see the price.

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I think this is a great idea.

I won't even consider a VST on a laptop since I don't want to buy a specific laptop for my piano VST but I won't use my normal computer because I would have to plug it/unplug it and fight for computing power/space with my regular tasks.

With something like this, since it doesn't function as a laptop or computer, I would consider as a piece of hardware like speakers to a digital piano with no keyboard. I would buy it if I had a keyboard. In fact I might get a Casio PX150/160 to use with this piece of hardware since I sold my N1. I never considered it before because I couldn't stand the sound on the lower end digitals.

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I like it too. But doesn't the price matter? We haven't seen a price tag yet.
We wait.

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