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First impression, v 4.x sounds
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casi



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:46 pm    Post subject: First impression, v 4.x sounds
Subject description: new samples and factory programs
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I’ve just upgraded to version 4.12 on my NS classic, and after trying the new samples, I thought maybe I’d share some of my opinions with you.
I (still) find the Yamaha C7 Studiogrand a bit too rich, but I liked the studiogrand2 more than studiogrand1. I find the new version more “present” than the old one.

My favourite is (as before) the Steinway close miced, when it comes to solopiano and piano/soloist. I like the dark mellow sound.

I was surprised by the new Yamaha stagegrand sample. This is exactly the pianosound I’ve waited for when it comes to pop and rock bands. I’ve been slightly frustrated by the aq grand/pianos when it comes to fit into a band soundscape – but now I hope to have found the (almost) salvation.
I’ve only tested with a good headset and not through the PA yet, so this is just my first impression.
In other words: I find this to be a step in right direction from Clavia.

The synthsounds are better than before – but I’m still not too impressed.
The bass section: Why all the different bass-sounds? This instrument are not exactly the most obvious choice if you are into D & B or electronica. So maybe less of them.
The pad: This is a BIG improvement compared to my last version (OS 3.12, and v2.26 programs). Nice programs that will improve even more after some tweaks, and fx-revisions.
The synths: Booooring. The solosynths are not very “fat” or juicy, and I honestly expected more. Find them kind of “Donald duck”-sounding.

In other words: still a step in the right direction – but THIS stairway is a long one.

Just to be clear on it – I love my board; I just find it comfortable when I don’t have to tweak the sounds all the time.

Ca2
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peterkadar



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

One thing you can try is to layer the Blue Swede with the Stage Grand 2.. kind of gives a nicer body to the sound, but you can add the bite to taste with the volume of the Stage Grand 2 on a panel layer. And of course there's still room for strings and LH bass via the synth sections if need be.

The synth sounds are OK, but I know what you mean about the Donald Duck thing, lol. The pads are decent for sure; the synth sections lets me get most of what I need with a mimum of tweaking - which was exactly the point of its inclusion. I like trying to find ways to make it fat. Of course, dual panels are REALLY helpful with this.
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