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 Post subject: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:09 pm 
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Hi Guys-

Here is a question that I ways wanted to know the answer to:

Is a digital piano as good as an accoustic piano.

I have always had accoustic pianos. When I was a child I practiced and played on an upright. Now I have an accoustic baby grand.

Do any of you have digital pianos? How do you like them. Do they feel awkward under your fingers. Are they harder to play on? What are the advantages of a digital grand over a triditional piano?

Just curious? The fact that you can practice at any our of the day (with headphones) sounds very appealing to me:-)

Please feel free to share you digital piano experiences. I may seriously get one someday and so your opinions matter to me.

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The action on higher end digital pianos has gotten very close to that of a real piano, but a digital will never completely match the response, and sound of a real piano 100%. I would say that I prefer my digital to most of the uprights I've had the displeasure to have played. I don't have any issues going between my Yamaha Digital with a Graded Hammer Action, Enhanced Keyboard, and the grand pianos I play at Churhes, nursing homes, and senior centers, etc. Which is better for you depends on your situation. The advantages of a digital are:
1) Silent practice with headphones, or low volume practice by the turn of a knob.
2) Don't have to worry about climate control (I turn my heat down, at night, and during the day when I'm not here to save money, this wouldn't be good for an acoustic piano).
3) Takes up less space than a grand.
4) Easy to record your performance using Midi for playback to evaluate yourself.
5) A top of the line Digital Costs less than a decent quality new acoustic piano.
6) No tuning costs.
7) More easily moved, and transported.

Disadvantages of a digital piano:
1) Less responsive to differences in touch.
2) Won't sound as good as a quality acoustic piano, in good tune.
3) Won't last as long as a quality acoustic piano that's well maintained.
4) Will depreciate in value quicker than an acoustic.

If you already have an acoustic that you're happy with, I personally wouldn't trade it for a digital, but you could add a digital as a second instrument for late night practice. You could also get one that was portable, that you could transport if you want to play somewhere where they don't have a piano available.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:35 pm 
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I pretty much second Radar's thoughts.

I have a Roland RD-700. I also had a Yamaha Grand, but I've given it to a church to use because it was defining where I could live (not all apartments can handle a 6' grand with ease.)

Personally, if it is between a good digital and a vertical piano, I will take the digital. Also, if you do forsee playing around (piano that is), fewer and fewer places actually have a piano, and even if they do, its condition is often suspect.

I prefer my digital through headphones in general. The main problem that I see in digital sound through speakers is that the speakers don't radiate the sound as an acoustic instrument would. I would like to come up with a speaker system that would better mimic the manner that an acoustic instrument radiates its sound.

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Ooh, some responses. I have been on and off here a bit.

Ok, I totally agree with what you are saying. I guess I just needed a confirmation.

I have a Petrof V. It is a grand. I would hate to give it up but when I move into a small appartment or something, I don't see how it could come with me. If I can take it with me I would get a digital for back up but if I can't then the Petrof will have to stay behind and the other residents in my house will have the joy of playing it. I live with family so I am always welcome to come back and play on it.

I didn't know that a digital feels/sounds better than an upright piano. I guess I kind of agree since I have played on some pretty bad uprights.

Thanks for the tips and advice guys!

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Jennifer wrote:
Ooh, some responses. I have been on and off here a bit.

I didn't know that a digital feels/sounds better than an upright piano. I guess I kind of agree since I have played on some pretty bad uprights.

Thanks for the tips and advice guys!


I should say that a top of the line digital will feel better and in some cases sound better than a lot of the uprights out there, but there are some really good uprights too that are better than a digital. To get the better uprights Like the Yamaha U-1 you'll pay quite a bit for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:37 am 
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Hi Jenn, there is no substitute for an acoustic piano for classical music!

Don't be seduced by the initial "wow" factor of the bass or presets on keyboards. Even the latest models sound artificial at best once the novelty wears off. I grew up learning on a Baldwin upright, then my parents bought a 5'3" Bradbury. Years later I moved to my current home, and I upgraded to a 7ft grand. However, in a separate music studio, I have a Roland A-90EX controller and Roland Fantom XR, Yamaha Motif Rack, Piano Tek, and other piano sound modules that I've added over the years - I could easily part with all of them for either a Petrof, August Forster, Pleyel, Steingraeber, Grotrian, Baldwin, Feurich, etc. any day, even if it was out of tune!

If you grew up on acoustic pianos, you won't be happy with an electronic keyboard after a while. There is no way to duplicate the mechanics, tone, uniformity in sound, and timbre of an acoustic piano. Even the pedals won't work the same way. Your technique will suffer in time, especially when you try to play on an acoustic piano after you've been playing on an electronic piano for some time. You'll need a considerable adjustment period. That's when I stopped playing on electronic keyboards altogether for classical music. I only use it as a synthesizer, organ, and controller for multitrack music, etc., or record a synth track for my friend's remixes.

Wait and see where you end up before you decide what to buy. I'd look for a deaf landlord or find a place that already has piano(s) in the complex. :P Exhaust all the possibilities for an acoustic piano before you give up and convert to the "dark side" of electronic pianos... Good Luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 8:34 pm 
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Okay, digital piano owners need to try PianoTeq. (http://www.pianoteq.com)

I'm sure some of you are familiar with this already, but I haven't seen any discussion on this forum about it. Simply put, it's a program that doesn't use recorded samples to recreate a piano's sound. It simulates how the physical components of a piano interact to produce all the sounds that a real piano can produce. By doing this, it's able to capture a lot of the resonances, harmonics, etc. that aren't captured when separate note samples are played together. Of course, it's not perfect - this kind of thing never will be, but it's getting really really good. Regular digital piano voices are comical by comparison, and if I could compare a PianoTeq recording to a "clean" acoustic recording (ie. no squeaks, coughs, recording hiss, or other artifacts) I'm not sure I could tell the difference.

It also lets you modify properties of the piano that are normally only available to tuners, mechanics, or restorers - things like tuning, temperament, unison width, octave stretching, hammer hardness, sound board impedance, string length (up to 10 meters!) etc. The "Pro" version even allows you to control many of these parameters for each individual note.

Most of my adult life, I've been looking forward to "one day" owning my own grand piano (probably one of the Steinway models) but now I'm not so sure. I spent around $3000 for my Roland digital piano (chosen for its action) and a little over $300 for this program (whatever 250€ converts to USD) and made a dedicated piano computer from spare parts, and I have a piano that feels and sounds like a reasonable grand piano. It doesn't have to be tuned or voiced (I can change them with a few clicks) and it doesn't have to be maintained, apart from the physical keys and computer parts. But honestly, I can go through several digital pianos and computers before approaching the cost of the grand piano I would otherwise want. I don't have to worry about temperature or humidity or sunlight or acoustics. Well, acoustics are simpler at least - position the speakers and the rest is part of the piano software. Most of the time, I go for what it would sound like sitting in my living room or a small studio, but I can record performances to MIDI using studio settings and then re-record using concert hall reverb and mic positioning.

Go listen to the demos and download the trial version (it's fully functional but it leaves out a few sparse notes on the keyboard). It's worth the time.

EDIT: Hugh Sung can explain it better than I can: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTbXnbfymdc, part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulS-N6PSRuc&NR=1
(Note: He's demoing a very early version of PianoTeq. Recent versions are even better.)

Disclaimer: I don't work for or have anything to do with Modartt, the company that produces PianoTeq, apart from being an avid fan.

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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:02 am 
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As much as people rave about Pianoteq, I don't like it. It sounds cold and digital to me. I much prefer the large sampled pianos such as East West Quantum Leap Pianos or Vienna Symphonic Library Bosendorfer Imperial. If I was going the physical modeling route though, rather than Piantoteq software, I would rather have the Roland V-Piano. It costs $6,000 but hey, it qualifies for free shipping at musiciansfriend.com!


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:58 pm 
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You know I agree with this. I played around a bit with pianoteq sometime back. The computer science guy in my was eager to play with this software. I personally was very disappointed with the overall sound at the time. It might be better now I don't know.

Nothing really beats the feel and resonance of playing a real piano. In recordings its sometimes hard to tell the difference (especially since people sometimes use reverb and the equalizer on acoustic piano recordings.) Sometimes the difference is painfully clear with digitals, depending on the music, how it is played and the digital piano itself.

differencetone wrote:
As much as people rave about Pianoteq, I don't like it. It sounds cold and digital to me. I much prefer the large sampled pianos such as East West Quantum Leap Pianos or Vienna Symphonic Library Bosendorfer Imperial. If I was going the physical modeling route though, rather than Piantoteq software, I would rather have the Roland V-Piano. It costs $6,000 but hey, it qualifies for free shipping at musiciansfriend.com!


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:05 am 
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I just found out there is a new one "Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Imperial" with 100 velocity samples per key. That number is unheard of in sampled pianos. Basically what it means is the sample played is determined by how hard you hit the note. The other brands of sampled pianos available are normally only 8-12 samples per key. I will get this eventually. The cost is $600.

Check out this demo. I think this could fool anyone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjl9l63g624

This sampled piano is only possible because Bosendorfer has created a modern computer controllable (player) piano so the recording of 100 exact velocities was possible for each key.


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:12 pm 
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For me (and my house), there is no comparison. Why have an artificial instrument if one can have a real instrument. "What do you mean 'artificial' and 'real'?" you may ask. An electronic keyboard, uses technology to recreate the sound of a hammer-struck stringed instrument. Why stop with that? How about an electronic oboe with a breath sensor and button switches, or a violin with fret pressure sensors and lacking vibrating stirings that also simply has a friction sensor for the bow? This is not the same as an electric guitar which still uses actual strings that vibrate and are pitched with actual frets and is really more an amplified instrument. Just call me old-fashioned. Now, if one could not afford a real piano, then it's a different matter, but one would hold out the hope of still buying one someday. (I also don't read electronic books, I just buy real books.) :D

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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:43 pm 
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If you are a working musician, it is sometimes useful to be able to take a digital piano with you to a job for example. Same story is true if you are traveling. I originally bought one when I was consulting in the US for a long period of time and wanted to play piano.

Most jazz performers that I know, would rather play a not so good acoustic piano in a club rather than a good digital. Ive also been to clubs where only an old upright was available. In a jazz club I would rather listen to an old upright, than a digital. Usually these type of musicians don't really have much of a choice on what instrument they play.

musical-md wrote:
For me (and my house), there is no comparison. Why have an artificial instrument if one can have a real instrument. "What do you mean 'artificial' and 'real'?" you may ask. An electronic keyboard, uses technology to recreate the sound of a hammer-struck stringed instrument. Why stop with that? How about an electronic oboe with a breath sensor and button switches, or a violin with fret pressure sensors and lacking vibrating stirings that also simply has a friction sensor for the bow? This is not the same as an electric guitar which still uses actual strings that vibrate and are pitched with actual frets and is really more an amplified instrument. Just call me old-fashioned. Now, if one could not afford a real piano, then it's a different matter, but one would hold out the hope of still buying one someday. (I also don't read electronic books, I just buy real books.) :D


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:49 pm 
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s_winitsky wrote:

Most jazz performers that I know, would rather play a not so good acoustic piano in a club rather than a good digital. Ive also been to clubs where only an old upright was available. In a jazz club I would rather listen to an old upright, than a digital. Usually these type of musicians don't really have much of a choice on what instrument they play.



Still, there is a huge difference between your idea of a digital ROM based piano and a computer software sampled piano. They will be played from small tablet computers in the not so distant future I predict so portability and reliability won't be so much of an issue. I would rather play that than a poorly tuned acoustic piano, also most small venues and clubs don't have a piano.

Check out this demo. I think this could fool anyone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjl9l63g624


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:32 pm 
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Interesting link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcIfKc4SspI

At about 7:44 Oscar talks about going to listen to art Tatum play on an old out of tune piano, missing keys.

When I was younger I remember my experience of listening to my piano teacher practice a Bach prelude and fugue. The sound seemed to have a way of filling the room. It was mesmerizing. Up till then I never heard anything like that even from recordings. My father at the time walked into the house and had to peek to see were the sound was coming from. To recreate that on a digital, besides having very good samples, you will need a very powerful surround sound system. Most pianos can out muscle just about any stereo system, and fill the room with a warm pleasing sound. Just my opinion though, I know technologies are always changing and getting better.


differencetone wrote:
s_winitsky wrote:

Most jazz performers that I know, would rather play a not so good acoustic piano in a club rather than a good digital. Ive also been to clubs where only an old upright was available. In a jazz club I would rather listen to an old upright, than a digital. Usually these type of musicians don't really have much of a choice on what instrument they play.



Still, there is a huge difference between your idea of a digital ROM based piano and a computer software sampled piano. They will be played from small tablet computers in the not so distant future I predict so portability and reliability won't be so much of an issue. I would rather play that than a poorly tuned acoustic piano, also most small venues and clubs don't have a piano.

Check out this demo. I think this could fool anyone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjl9l63g624


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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This is an interesting discussion, but for me it has become pretty simple. When you try to compare acoustically produced music to that produced by speakers, it is almost apples and oranges, though we have even become used to PA systems, etc. for even acoustic concerts. An acoustic piano is a superior experience in a good room or hall, but a well sampled piano software is a superior experience to a recorded acoustic piano when heard through earphones or speakers. I think eventually this will also be the case for other instruments, but right now sampled violin or oboe still has a long way to go. This is probably because the manner in which those instruments produce their sound is so complex and sensitive, while most samplers are controlled with keyboards. The piano, on the other hand, is comparatively simple to sample because after the attack there is just resonance. I used to miss the ambient and sympathetic resonance, but recent software not only has that quality, but allows you to adjust it to your liking. The portability of digital pianos (and price) have made them very useful for gigging etc., and their ability to be played with earphones allow you to maintain peace with your neighbors (they are also always in tune!). But for live music, I would rather play or hear an acoustic, and for recording, I would rather play or hear good software.

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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:31 pm 
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One thing we didn't bring up in this discussion is the superiority of the acoustic piano keyboard action (on a modern, high quality, well maintained piano) with wooden felt tipped hammers bouncing off the strings. I don't think there is a weighted electronic keyboard with the same feel. It's been a while since I really sat down with a good acoustic piano for any length of time but it must be better for control and building muscles.

I went ahead and purchased the Vienna Imperial and I love it. Immediately, it sounds a lot less muddy than the East West Quantum Leap pianos I had been playing. I tend to use a lot of sustain pedal. The tone of it is very warm and pleasing to the ear. I like that the dynamic range is adjustable to fit with my keyboard and style. It does have the sympathetic vibrations which has been a bone of contention with critics of fake pianos. I have never played a real Bösendorfer so I could not tell you how close this sounds. I am guessing very close but let us consider that every brand of piano sounds different so we may think of this sound to be valid even if it isn't an exact model of the original. I don't see how anyone would ever know it isn't a real piano when played well on a good weighted keyboard. The 100 levels of velocity switching makes the sample switching quite transparent and after all, we are listening to an expertly recorded piano with every key stroke.


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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Not that I have a lot of experience with electronic keyboards, but I have some, and I doubt that they (makers) can get the damper or una corda pedals to function as in a "real" piano. There are so many intermediate levels; this is not a binary proposition as is the sostenuto pedal. Here is where a careful listener would be able to tell the difference I think.

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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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Mine has damper. I haven't actually used it yet. It's not that important to me but doesn't seem like a huge technological hurdle because the they have the sympathetic vibrations down and sustain. Those are just other samples. The damper notes are samples too. That is why it has 1,200 available samples per note. All this is software but now that the price of an SSD (solid state drive) is coming down, I imagine you will see it in what you are calling an "electronic keyboard" in the foreseeable future. There is no reason why it couldn't be made now.


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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differencetone wrote:
Mine has damper. I haven't actually used it yet. It's not that important to me but doesn't seem like a huge technological hurdle because the they have the sympathetic vibrations down and sustain. Those are just other samples. The damper notes are samples too. That is why it has 1,200 available samples per note. All this is software but now that the price of an SSD (solid state drive) is coming down, I imagine you will see it in what you are calling an "electronic keyboard" in the foreseeable future. There is no reason why it couldn't be made now.

My point here is that the dampers are hugging the strings with considerable force but that that force may be gradually lifted to the point were the dampers are barely on/off the strings, causing a variable degree of freedom under different forces of playing. I don't think that could be reporduced. Regarding the una corda pedal, too many pianist approach this with a binary view: you don't use it or you use it with the action (grand) shifted as far over as it will go. However, to play the treble strings with a slightly different portion of the felt hammers allows for gradations of tone more than of volume, the same of which can be garnered from the wound strings of tenor and base. This is so complex and inconsistent (idiosyncratic) among instruments, that it could not be reproduced in my opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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I see what you are saying. It could not be done with an on/off pedal. It's something which could be made on a physical modeling piano with a variable pedal but looking at the Roland V-Piano which costs $6,000, the pedals look like the switch kind on that too. I'm not sure if there is enough demand for what you are talking about for them to do that.

On further investigation, I did find that the damper pedal has two positions, full and half so they did somewhat address your concerns with the V-Piano.


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Yes, Roland's standard digital pedal is half-pedal capable, if your piano is compatible. You can get a half-decent half-pedal out of it, but obviously it isn't as subtle as a real pedal.


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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musical-md wrote:
that? How about an electronic oboe with a breath sensor and button switches, or a violin with fret pressure sensors and lacking vibrating stirings


The piano is very different from an oboe or a violin because it is an extremely mechanical instrument. That is why it is the ideal candidate for an artificial instrument. With a wind instrument, your embouchure controls the tone continuously; likewise with a bow on strings. There is no such continuous control over the tone of the piano except in a limited way with the damper pedal which is also very mechanical. The damper pedal does alter the sound but not to the extent that an embouchure or a bow alters the sound respectively, also the damper pedal isn't always required.


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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There's no comparison in the context of performance, of listening "live" or of practising, really. The main difference is 1) real sound waves from a real piano hitting your eardrum aren infinitely more complex than the sound of a fake piano; the sympathetic vibrations between different combinations of notes as they hit at different times, with or without the sustain pedal--and everything in between, the soft pedal, the room's effect on the sound, with its own acoustic characteristics to which the piano is responding in complex ways.... 2) you, the pianist, in addition to 1) have subtle control over the way the piano sounds and can manipulate all these variables.

You just don't get this kind of realism in a fake piano.

Of course, the recorded result of a good fake (and I mean REALLY good) on one hand, and a professionally recorded piano on the other, can be virtually impossible to distinguish. But pianists do more than simply listen to recordings... or manipulate sampled pianos (as I do) they also PLAY them!

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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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I have been thinking about purchasing a digital piano because of my current life situation.
I travel and do not expect to be living in my current place for more than a couple years.
A digital piano seems good if you need portability and convenience.
It also seems like a high quality one would be great for beginners because you can practice without
disturbing anyone and most beginners are not going to be able to tell the difference between
an acoustic piano and a high quality digital!
More experience pianists will be more sensitive to the differences.
But the truth is, most people, if blindfolded, cannot distinguish between an acoustic and digital sound.

So would you say that Roland is the best brand to buy digital from? I am still deciding between the Casio Privia models as well as Roland and Suzuki.


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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digitalpianofan7 wrote:
But the truth is, most people, if blindfolded, cannot distinguish between an acoustic and digital sound.


Qualification: IF Recorded you are right ... if LIVE you are wrong... that is: ANYONE, even a complete novice, can immediately tell the difference between playing a REAL piano (however bad) and a FAKE (keyboard with samples) piano.

A really cleverly mixed recording of a sampled piano CAN indeed be difficult if impossible to distinguish from a recording of a real live piano performance.

But even recorded "sampled" or "fake" piano CAN be spotted in many cases, at least in the context of classical piano recordings for the following 2 reasons...

A. sampled or "fake" pianos are rarely recorded at a distance, or in a concert hall setting, and that type of recording is the hallmark of virtually ALL classical piano recordings. There is no market for that kind of sound in the world of sampled pianos. JAZZ or POP is the market, and that means CLOSE MIC recording techniques are used for ALL modern piano samples.

As a result, even great (and expensive) sampled piano recordings (like the online demos of Vienna Imperial or East West Steinway or Garritan Steinway--yours truly did one for the latter) employ CLOSE mic sampling, for the most part. Even their "room mic settings" sound to mee pretty much like a "close mic" type of recording, at least, relative to what one might typically encounter in a standard classical piano recording hall.

So the sound of the expensive, high end sampled pianos is just not the same as the sound one encounters in a classical piano recording. Yes, there are exceptions...in the sense that SOME (very, very, very few classical recordings) are close miked: Gould insisted on close miking, and you can hear it in all his recordings!!!

Alternatively, there are some old piano samples out there that actually experimented with sampling "in a hall", ie making piano samples that were based on quite reverberent contexts. Needless to say, these samples didn't sell; because the vast majority of users wanted "close mic" sampling, ie, samples that would "cut into a mix" or that could be used in live pop performance settings... ie playing a fake piano LIVE!!! (So the "hall" is already there, so to speak; that last thing you want is a reverberent sound.)

B. Good speakers (really good, and accurate) are quite revelatory of the sampled piano sound, especially given the above. But on many middle range stereos, and certainly on computer speakers, it may not be easy to tell the difference between sampled and real.

The entire debate is being rendered moot. Now relatively inexpensive (or so I'm told) midi add-ons for REAL pianos mean that you can essentially have the best of both worlds: a totally live piano sound based on a midi file.

As far as the best portable fake piano for practising is concerned, none of them sound or feel remotely like the real thing from the perspective of the person actually playing; but some sound like recordings of pianos, in a way. (so you have to do a kind of mental trick when you are practising on one.) That being the case, the most important factor is TOUCH, and the general consensus is that KAWAI makes the most realistic touch. There are, I think, two classes of Kawai keyboard, and both are supposed to be pretty close to a real piano touch.

JG


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
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techneut wrote:
digitalpianofan7, what's with your nickname and your signature containing all those links to Squidoo ?
Are you aware that we do not allow commercial advertisements on this site ? Are you making money by plugging digital products ? If so, please take your business elsewhere.


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 Post subject: Re: Accoustic vs. Digital Piano
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:58 am 
After all that's been said in this post I wonder if I should add another comment...

Just to quote one point of Radar's reply, digital pianos are in general less responsive and in my opinion only partly suitable to play technically demanding classical compositions. On the other hand, if you live in an appartment with neighbours who feel disturbed by extensive practising, a digital played mute with headphones is a perfect solution. Also if your focus is on popular music go for a digital.

I would suggest to just try some of them and find out if any of them meet your demands. I have an upright but also tested several digitals and found all of the Yamaha digitals disappointing in sound (not brilliant), only liked one or two by Roland and Technics, although the Technics did not seem very robust.


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