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Margins for software generally are higher for software than they are for hardware; there also is a scalability factor as the cost of selling one additional VI is nil. And modern large and cheap RAM & SSDs now are big enough that a consumer laptop can run some massive and realistic VIs.
Good hardware design and production is expensive and complex. In many countries, extensive regulations around labour, the environment, etc. discourage local production.
The market for music and musical instruments has been in long-term decline, so that would discourage development both in hardware and software. IMHO.
Especially with Stage Pianos, people do not care for sound sophistication as much as studio producers (who use VST more often), because most of VI pianos benefits are lost with PAs or even more wtih DP internal speakers. Including VI mulit-gigabyte library in DP would be beneficial only for headphone users. Most live gigs are still done with mono and everyone who played live gig with VST knows that those gigabytes are not always better. That's why Nords with ~200MB piano sample is so popular around the world.
I may change my mind in the future, but right now, I can't imagine being happier with a hardware DP than I am with Pianoteq and my VPC1. Things can only get better from here; I'm looking forward to the next PTQ upgrade.
I guess I also see this as comparing my parents' console stereo (a piece of furniture) with the stereo components that replaced that for my generation. The ability to upgrade individual components of your "rig" just feels right to me. A hardware DP seems like a drum kit where you can't swap out the snare...
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I'm putting my money on DP's with a few good sounds plus easy connectivity to tablets, mobiles and PC's. My Yamaha P121 uses a single USB cord for midi and digital audio in and out. I can plug the cord into my mobile and be playing a piano from my mobile through the DP's speakers in 3 seconds flat.
Well, I got srprised when I played the Pianoteq U4 which Yamaha don't seem to have got round to making yet. I does seem better than anything else including their new Petrof. That set me windering how they'll address the all inportant question. Emenating sound surround from just two stereo speakers (h'phones) and the rather different feel of the acoustic keys. I suspect the acoustic volume/force curve/line is most likely complex and assuredly not straight!.
As DP evolves, there is a diminishing return in using virtual pianos.
My CLP150 had only 3 layers, no blend, then most virtual pianos was a huge improvement.
My N1X has a far more evolved tone generator, then I am less motivated to use some virtual piano.
same here. My ES7 sounds great, VSTs sound hardly better, not enough to justify the "hassle" of connecting a PC, having to use a screen to configure anything and so on (it is a hassle after all) my P80 on the other side, which is not amplified anyway, found a new life using VSTs for my next DP I will definitely look for a line input (which the entry Kawai CA do not have, I just found out )
[quote=Frédéric L] for my next DP I will definitely look for a line input (which the entry Kawai CA do not have, I just found out )
Line input is good but along side that also look for digital audio in/out. DP's are now having USB midi and USB audio return for crystal clear sound even in some lower end DP's like Yamaha P121/125 and Numa Compact 2x. No need for line inputs in those for most purposes.
DP's and VI's need to merge. What we really should be playing already now is digital pianos with upgradeable sounds. It's inane having to upgrade hardware, merely to get the newest samples, especially in the light of the glacially slow improvements in hardware.
The one area where the digital pianos really need improvement, namely having loudspeakers that make the instrument actually sound like a grand, or an upright, does not seem to be paid more than lip service; the manufacturers boast of wattage, and numbers of speakers, but never really address quality.
Roland FP-30, Roland E-28 Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands, Production Voices Estate Grand, Garritan CFX Lite, Pianoteq 7.0 (Blüthner, Bechstein DG, Grotrian, Steinway D, K2)
I can do without audio input on a piano. I need neither analog line input nor USB digital input. The piano's speakers are crap. So I don't want to take my nice, clean virtual instrument sound and feed it to those crap speakers.
Originally Posted by Jonky Ponky
Line input is good but along side that also look for digital audio in/out.
DP's and VI's need to merge. What we really should be playing already now is digital pianos with upgradeable sounds. It's inane having to upgrade hardware, merely to get the newest samples, especially in the light of the glacially slow improvements in hardware..