Originally Posted by Doublethumb
Wow. It looks like Casios are the ones to go for then... I heard very good things about the Soundiron Emotional Piano for soundtrack music. I thought maybe I could buy a very MIDI controller and get 2-3 very good plugins for piano...I would have the advantage of having MIDI instead of dealing with audio. What do you reckon? Is there a way to reproduce the sustain pedal though? I really use it a lot in solos, of course.
I have previously using a couple of MIDI controllers, one a 25key Axiom which I like for the knobs and drum pads and will carry on using this. The other was a full size Beringher which did the job okay, and allowed me to play my piano/ keys sounds and plugins decently.
But it was getting frustrating as more of my songwriting inspiration moved from the guitar to the keyboard, every time I wanted to mess with an idea I had to set everything up, which in my case, without a studio already set-up was a pain in the arse.
So I bought the Casio Privia because I wanted something with a nice piano sound I could just have there, at the flick of a switch, in my lounge, so I could play whenever I wanted. I was nicely surprised at how good it actually sounded, and how much it felt like a piano. It was only when I found out it had MIDI that I began to think I could actually use it for recording too.
The sound from it is better than any of the plugins I have, and yesterday I recorded some piano parts straight out of the headphone jacks into my DAW and it sounds great. I have no doubt it will make an excellent MIDI controller too.
I think it is the best of both worlds.
Well no buttons, sliders or pads. You might still need something else too, hence why I am keeping the Aziom-25.
It is fairly bulky, so you cannot throw it on the back seat of a car easily to go to a gig. But on the other hand, it does come off the stand, and you can do it with some effort. I think it might actually work well on stage as both a piano and a MIDI controller.
I don't see why the pedals cannot be use with MIDI - someone else would need to answer this as I am not really too hot on MIDI (i should be, but I am not) But I am sure the pedals have a channel assignment.