rgemmell wrote:Pardon me - hope it's ok to pick up a 6 week old thread...
Someone told me today that I should get the Roland Integra 7 hardware module for it's piano versus using any of the piano VSTs.
I've played semi-pro classical piano for a long time and own a Steinway D (physical piano not VST:-). The guy told me Roland's hardware implementation of their piano was the best and that I'd never get the same sense of playability from a VST (stemming from the various issues described earlier in this thread).
1. Was this person trying to sell you something?
2. Does this person generally prefer hardware over software?
3. What's their level of experience with good software libraries?
4. Did this person tell you what specifically they prefer about the Integra 7? Does it do anything particularly special?
5. Is this a general consensus-type opinion where classical pianists everywhere are saying "Wow, those Roland Integra 7 pianos sound amazing," or is this just one person's opinion?
6. What hardware controller is the person using? Also, are you prepared to buy one after you drop 2k on this? Do you already have a good piano controller?
7. Speaking of buying, did the person who told you this recently spend 2 grand on an Integra 7? You have to watch out for salesmen, but people who've spent that kind of cash on a product will often psychologically have to justify their purchase, by making the thing seem even better than it really is.
8. Any idea how the Integra 7 produces piano sounds? Is this your usual ROMpler, with a tiny fraction of the memory devoted to useful things like piano? Or is this a multi-GB piano library built into a small rack unit? Somewhere in between perhaps?
9. Has this person ever used a good sample library with a good piano controller? How would an Integra 7 stack up against the Ivory Grand and Upright piano libraries with a good piano controller? The Ivory's would certainly be cheaper. My personal suspicion is that they'd sound and play better too.
10. What kind of music does this person make?
11. What kind of piano sounds does this person like? Any other hardware instruments or virtual piano sounds they like (i.e. do you have similar taste, and is their opinion on sound credible for you)?
12. Finally, who knows...could be good. Ask around.