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Pianissimo - Wish List: fix low end

Postby SirLanceALot » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:34 pm

I'm using Pianissimo more and more these days. :-) But I'd like to send the developers a message if I may. "Improve the low end samples." They're a little on the weak and muddy side, compared to my dedicated piano keyboard. :| I'd be glad to pay for an updated version. :)

Pianissimo sounded a little dull to me at first, but Mixcraft 8 Pro's transient vitalizer really brought the mid and hi end back to life! :D I'm really liking the mid and upper ends a lot now. The mids and hi's on my external piano keyboard have "too sharp of an attack and they decay way too fast". *** Pianissimo seems to be right in the range I like.*** :D However Pianissimo's low end samples below C3 are a bit muddy and not as strong as I'd like. The fundamental seems to be overcome by harmonics & such, maybe they were mic'd too far away, or need a longer grand (9ft'r!)

I love the low end on Casio PX-350! Their low note samples are as solid as they come, and it's next to none! (the absolute best of the rest) The low A is solid and a TOTALLY useable note! (wish I could upload a sound bite to demonstrate) They must have sampled a 9ft'er. But sadly the PX-350's mid and upper end suffer from too loud of an attack and too fast of a decay.
My piano arrangements typically use most or all 88 keys, so I need a piano sound that can accomodate that. I have an aggressive piano arrangement that has a passage that ends with a predominate low A. It's obvious when you hear that one note! The song really pops because of the PX-350's solid low end. But when I play the same song with Pianissimo, the low notes are too muddy and not as strong as the PX-350.

So, any plans for future Pianissimo improvements? I haven't been able to fix the low end with any FX combinations yet.
Lance

PS Touch wise, My favorite Keyboard for Pianissimo is still the PX-350. And it's cost is surprisingly low. :-) Some time ago I walked into a large music store and said, "I don't care what it costs, I'm looking for the keyboard with the best grand piano touch!". They had <$1K all the way up to >$10K keyboards in stock. I was surprised how many expensive ones had lousy touches. I settled on a Casio PX-350 a couple of years ago, and it's still my favorite. Not because of price, but the touch. (the key edges are a little sharper than I'd like, you'll discover that when you thumb slide up or down the keyboard. They definitely should've rounded them more, but they look like real Ivory keys, and otherwise are perfect to me) No slop or ringing after you've held down or let up on a note. None of that fatiguing mechanical feeling of little hammers hitting the bottom of your fingers after you've pressed down and held a note. (No mechanical backlash or ringing. Worst in that class was my old 70's Rhodes. I fixed that with a felt strip under all the hammers. If you're a fast player, all those things are important to prevent fatigue)
Edit: I just played my brother's Yamaha CP300. It's piano touch is great too. But it's the built in speakers that are seriously incredible! I would definitely buy one of those if piano is your main skill.
Lance Armstrong
MSI GE62VR 6RF Aparche Pro
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Lots of keyboard gear & Full LASS user
Mixcraft user since Ver 2 (when it still fit on a floppy disk!)

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Re: Pianissimo - Wish List: fix low end

Postby SirLanceALot » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:23 am

I kind of feel bad about my 1st post above, complaining about Pianissimo's lowest notes. It sounds like I'm an ungrateful Pianissimo user. Nothing could me further from the truth. Pianissimo is absolutely stunning at it's price!!!! I use it and Mixcraft for composing all my piano arrangements.

I've been lucky enough to have had access to a 9' Steinway D at the Willow Bend recital hall in Plano, Tx. (sadly it's gone now) They only unlocked that beauty for certain players. I can tell you with absolute certainty that there is nothing more thrilling than the sound coming from that piano at the bench!! The long strings and large soundboard increase the amplitude of the fundamental, which makes those low notes so solid and incredible!! (Ever owned a Yamaha CP70 with it's short low strings? You know what I mean)

I'll be 64 later this year (already singing, "When I'm 64" to my HS cheerleader wife), and I've lived thru all the years of electronic grand piano development. What exists on the market today is absolutely incredible compared to just a few years ago...ok maybe a couple of decades ago. I resisted the early 8bit samplers, then bought my 1st decent grand piano sampler, which was an 80's era Roland S50. Since then it's only gotten better every year, more expensive for a while, and now incredibly affordable! (like Pianissimo) Most keyboards and software today have really decent piano samples that completely fool the common man, and most keyboard players. It's the picky picky ones, kind of like me (but not ungrateful!), who use all of those 88 notes and listen for all the nuances.

As computers, software and hardware get better everyday, so will these great grand piano products. We live in a renaissance period of sound development.
Lance Armstrong
MSI GE62VR 6RF Aparche Pro
i7-3.5GHz/1060/16-32GB/SSD256GB+1TB
Lots of keyboard gear & Full LASS user
Mixcraft user since Ver 2 (when it still fit on a floppy disk!)


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