I love the action of my MP11SE and enjoy it every day. But....the internal piano sounds are ...i don’t know how to put it without offending anyone....the sounds are dated , flat, looped, compressed and non pleasing. I use VSL, Embertone, Garritan ,Simple Sam and at first i was skeptical towards software and fully enjoyed hardware. Nowadays it is the opposite and i am truly baffled how mediocre hardware sounds and that the big companies get away with it. I guess their largest consumer base is not familiar with vst pianoworld and think a console with cheap speakers and limited piano memory is how digitals sound from default.
Every now and then posts like this shows up. Let's clarify few things first:
Compressed: What do you mean by compressed?
Dated: Compared to what? Have you listened to a Kawai grand before?
Looped: I sincerely cant detect looping with my ears (I have absolte ears: can play a note exactly buy hearing it)
No let me tell you that you're missing the point of a hardware. A very BIG one:
1- you need a decent pc
2- you need a decent a low latency audio interface
3- you need an operating system
4- you need to wait at least 5 mins for the OS, DAW and VST to load
5- your set up can crash and you should start 3 from the scratch
6- This set up is questionable for live on demand/performance
By the time your vst is up, I have played 1 song (My MP7SE loads in 3 secs).
The above is how hardare manufacturers are getting away with it.
I am very familiar with VSTs and I have played with gazzilions of them. I also have 3 headphones which worth around 1200 USD in total and I have listened to my MP7SE and compared them VSTs (Garritan, Ivory and Pianoteq) through ADAMs, Yamahas and my own crappy Behringers. I found VSTs:
1- good sounding VSTs are very few
2- they require too much time to load
3- kill my mood by the time they are up
4- will never sound like the actual piano
5- sampled in questionable studios
6- the list goes on
So to clarify this and sum it up, I will never replace my MP7SE with a VST when playing live. Hope you got the point!