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Offline pdlstl

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Hi! Newbie with Yamaha question(s)
« on: May 21, 2004, 05:05:03 PM »
Hi,

I own an acoustic-only recording studio. I specialize in recording several acoustic genres such as bluegrass, folk, Celtic and Americana.

However, I'm wanting to make my facility available to songwriters and piano students.

I'm wanting to buy a good piano (non-acoustic/affordable) to have available for those who might need it.

I'm currently looking at the Yamaha Stage Pianos and want to know what I will be missing if I purchase the P60 over the P120.

I am not a piano player.

Thanks in advance,

Earl

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Re: Hi! Newbie with Yamaha question(s)
«Reply #1 on: May 21, 2004, 05:51:14 PM »
After doing a little more research...

Would I be better off with a good weighted MIDI controller and a really, really good sample such as the Bosendorfer 290?

Thanks,

Earl

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Re: Hi! Newbie with Yamaha question(s)
«Reply #2 on: May 21, 2004, 08:07:13 PM »
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After doing a little more research...

Would I be better off with a good weighted MIDI controller and a really, really good sample such as the Bosendorfer 290?


Assuming you already have reasonably powerful computing resources or are willing to take the plunge, I would go with that approach. Keep in mind that most devices with good actions are usually digital pianos, i.e. you will get built-in samples and a sound system with it.

There might be some good controllers, but I would be careful. They often do not allow pedals to be read out accurately. Make sure you can attach a pedal box with the usual three pedals. Also, make sure the sustain pedal is read out in a continuous fashion so that you can do half pedaling; many pianists would consider an all-or-none response to be insufficient. I think, the P60 does not have that capability. I am not sure about the P120, either. However, the P250 is fine. The action on all of those is the same and should be sufficient for all but the most discerning (and picky) artist.

Another benefit of going digital is that you can edit and add effects to your heart's content. When you record the MIDI information, you can change the instrument any time you want.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Hi! Newbie with Yamaha question(s)
«Reply #3 on: May 21, 2004, 09:29:20 PM »
Thanks!

Check this link and see if my gear will handle the controller/sample scenario.

http://www.ancienttone.com

Click on the "Equipment" link.

Thanks for your help,

Earl

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Re: Hi! Newbie with Yamaha question(s)
«Reply #4 on: May 21, 2004, 10:25:19 PM »
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Check this link and see if my gear will handle the controller/sample scenario.

http://www.ancienttone.com

Click on the "Equipment" link.


I can't see why not. All you need is to connect the keyboard to your computer either through MIDI -> MIDI (on your soundcard) or through MIDI -> USB, or USB -> USB. The requirements are rather simple if you are only interested to control one sound sample. I would recommend visiting your closest GuitarCenter (Guitar Center Ft. Worth; 5250 South Hulen Street; Ft. Worth, Texas 76132; Store Hours: M-F: 11-7 | Sat: 10-6 | Sun: 12-6; Phone: 817-423-3800 - no, I don't work for them) and talk to the folks there about details as well as checking out the Yamaha (or any other) keyboards. Also, take a look at the following forum
http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?forumid=18
There, you will find all information and competent people you'll ever need. Cheers.

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Re: Hi! Newbie with Yamaha question(s)
«Reply #5 on: May 22, 2004, 01:02:44 AM »
Thanks for the link!

This GC just opened 2 weeks ago.

Thanks again,

Earl