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!
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.***
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.
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.