BONES wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:42 pm
I prefer to PLAY external gear because it is a lot more personal and direct feeling.
I used to think that until I actually hooked up a controller and started playing my VSTi. After that I was happy to play either. What I have noticed a lot, though, is that most VSTi presets do a lousy job of basic expressiveness. e.g. Velocity is off by default in DUNE so unless the sound designer thinks to go looking for it, DUNE is dull and lifeless when you try and play it. Barely half the factory presets have velocity mod enabled and plenty more have such low values that it may as well be switched off. I've noticed the same with other VSTI, too. But a well designed patch for any half-decent VSTi will be just as lively when played with a controller as any hardware synth.
- if you happend to have the daw computer running
- if you happend to have the daw running
- if you happend to have the plugin open
- if you have a proper controller with panel overlay for that synth in place
Then you start to have similar use as hardware synth.
But it still does not compare to just hit power button on hardware and sit and fool around a bit feeling like it at any time.
I tried with B4/B4 II plugin and UC-33 controller with panel overlay for B4.
- Nah, not really there
So went Hammond XK-3c - and there is no comparison in convenience or sound for that matter. And it gets played a lot more.
It went the same way with digital piano and a couple of more synths and modules. It just suites my personality and relationship with the instruments.
But guess it depends - I don't have daw computer running all the time. So for any given moment threshold is a couple of minutes starting up a computer and the rest - compared to just press a button what is here right in front of me.
Waiting for things on the stove to be ready for lunch - I just sit down a play a bit.
And with piano in particular, you have proper weighted keys when you play, and for synths and organ you have keys suitable for those. For Master keyboard you kind of have to choose a preference. Fully weighed keys for synths or organ is not so nice.