Possible to build a Nord killer?


#41

Thanks for posting - I enjoyed watching the CNC milling!


#42

And here is another one:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yk8ii0eknp0rtj8/Video%2023.11.18%2C%2021%2042%2022.mov?dl=0


#43

for the love of god, don’t get a Precision 7510 (and siblings).

i shelled out big dollar on a xeon with mighty fine specs.
it runs intelburn benchmarks fabulously but has latency issues that make realtime audio a flop.
i’ve tried everything apart from raising it with dell support.
by contrast i’ve got a dell e6430 i7 3rd gen that’s awesome and cost £200 (but runs a bit hot).


#44

Thanks for heads up on Precision 7510. I’ve only seen a few Precision laptops on the refurbished website. I have bought some Xeon based Precision towers from them though. I notice this laptop only has USB 3 ports. We’ve had a lot of issues with USB 3, I wonder if that’s what the issue was?


#45

cheers for the suggestion.
latency mon shows usb very busy with short dpcs, but that’s quite normal for the audio interface.
i think it’s a mix of gfx and acpi. dx has a much higher load than on other systems i have and the acpi causes repeated spikes every 10 - 30 seconds.
i’ve disabled as much of the acpi as possible (a battery device) which i think helped. but that leads to having no warning as the system runs out of juice (i posted about a problem that such a termination caused).


#46

I mostly avoid laptops that have gfx subsystems (as opposed to intel motherboard based)


#47

And here it is:

There is still a LOT of work to do. But it’s a great sneak peek! :slight_smile:


#48

Impressive! And designed and created in such a short time!


#49


#50

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#51

I just can’t create a decent rock piano on Pianoteq. Any hints where to start?


#52

They have a C7 model, right? I’d take that, reduce the dynamic range, hit it with a bright eq and if they have a hard hammer parameter, hard it up. So to speak. Or the upright; seems like they had an upright model that was pretty good.


#53

I have the YC5 model and I get a good rock sound out of it. Fred’s suggestions are all good. I Also suggest playing with Pianoteq’s velocity curve. I tweak it to make the key action more sensitive. You can also mess with Cantabile’s velocity curve (I do that a lot for electric piano sounds).

For rock, I also like their CP80, which is free add on from their webpage.

  • Paul

#54

Thx guys for the tips. Maybe we can share some Pianoteq presets here?
I’ll add my rock piano version.

To get back on topic, this is how i see to make a decent Nord:

  • A good analog synth, like diva, or even synth1 that emulates Nord
  • Good pianos like Pianoteq, as discussed
  • A good organ emulation (I’m still not sure which one, I’m not convinced with gsi vb3)
  • A good rompler, for brass and strings etc. I use Xpand2! It’s not perfect but lightweight and overall covering. Any suggestions here?
  • Most important a midi keyboard with lots of dials, sliders and knobs and aftertouch, i use Samson 49, it’s cheap and cheap built and not enough keys but allot of controllers and aftertouch. Suggestions?

I just think manufactors like Nord or Roland etc add some finishing effects to boost the signal even more. No matter what i try, my nord still goes deeper in sounds, more dynamics etc.
I now added some tube sim to the master rack and that seems to add more punch. What do you guys think?


#55

VB3 through the IK Mutilmedia Leslie sounds pretty awesome.

Any UH-E synth will cover the analog side, but Zebra is probably the closest as it is semi modular, or try ACE which also sounds great.

So you just need a good piano - which is very subjective. My current preferences are either Pianoteq or my Kronos and it’s SGX-2 Engine depending on need.


#56

I agree with Paul that the most important parameter to addapt in Pianoteq is the velocity curve! Just make sure you reach velocity 127 and a confortable velocity for your softer parts.

Ramon


#57

I’ll try to recreate the Joshua Kadison piano in Jessy. That’s a great sound.


#58

Alrighty I managed to get some sweet rock piano’s out of it, The Way it is and Jessie. Use a comp and lot’s of hi EQ


#59

I’d love to get some of this wisdom on how to tweak Pianoteq. I’m trying these suggestions, but I’m still a blind monkey fumbling with a typewriter. I have the YC5, which I am having some success with, and the upright, which I deeply regret buying. I hoped it would serve on a few country/honky-tonk tunes, but yikes.

I found the velocity curve recommendations on Pianoteq’s forums for my PC88, so I got that going for me, but I’m pretty weak on the effects chain management. So I need to: use the recommended velocity curve, dial on the high EQ, put a compressor on it, and???


#60

These are my settings for the Joshua Kadison YC5 Piano.
If you want I can send you the patch also