Anyone play piano? I figured I'd start a thread so that I have a place to discuss my current experiences. I purchased a Kawai CE220 a year ago or so. I played classical piano up into a bit of college but then stopped for 8 years or so. It's been incredibly rewarding to get back into it the last year or so. So, the CE220 has been great because the wooden keys really give it a fairly authentic touch. At any rate, it's good enough that I can stand to play it. The sound isn't great, though. In retrospect, I probably should have just purchased the Kawai VPC1 and built a cabinet for it. I recently bought Synthogy's Ivory II American Concert D VST, so I'm now bypassing the internal sound processing.
The Ivory II American Concert D is just an amazing sample library. It's 49 GB worth of samples and it's absolutely incredible sounding. The way notes decay is just fantastic. It's very realistic. They even have pedal noise samples!
Here is a recording I made of a The Secret Life of Daydreams. Let me know what you think and any criticism is more than welcome! Listen for that pedal noise. It's there if you have good headphones and the volume is up. I tried to keep it subtle. Let me know what you think.
The only issue with Ivory II is that I'm getting some static/clipping issues for some reason. I haven't been able to isolate the cause yet. That's one reason why I recorded a very simple piece to begin with. The clipping occurs when many notes are played loudly. I have the settings tweaked so that I can get through Clair de Lune without issue, so that'll probably be what I tackle next.
Here's what my current setup looks like:
My goal eventually is to get a Kawai K5 upright so that I can avoid this whole digital thing, but for now, I'm getting by. I'll post stuff about my current repertoire at a later date.