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Time Remembered (Bill Evans) #3006937 09/06/19 09:46 PM
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A quick ditty I did recently to test a new Bidule layout I've been working on, soloing on two choruses of the great Bill Evans tune. I had a little fun with my octave transpose buttons at the end.


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Beautiful Rob! Great tune. I liked your performance so much I watched it twice.

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Enjoyed it Rob ! I should learn that tune. It has been so long since I played on a 61 note synth board, I wonder if I could even do it anymore...lol

It didn't seem to bother you in the least, nice playing !

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Thanks guys. No the 61 note unweighted board doesn't bother me – that's pretty much all I've been playing the last 25 years! It takes me a while to get comfortable on a real piano, and I'm pretty useless on anything with a heavy or slow action – it messes me up big time. I do appreciate the opportunity to play a good one, believe me.

In my younger days it was all McCoy... then Herbie... Chick... now I'm just trying to play ballads like Bill! I've been working up "Alfie" in every key, this is the sort of thing I do for fun these days!

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Originally Posted by Al Quinn
Beautiful Rob! Great tune. I liked your performance so much I watched it twice.


as did I.
2thu


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
Re: Time Remembered (Bill Evans) [Re: davedoerfler] #3012210 10/13/19 10:59 PM
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You’ve just blown 10000 KC posts regarding how you just can’t play decent piano without a 50lb boat-anchor of a weighted keyboard.

Well done!

Oh, the sounds are very good. What are you using?

Because although I now must admit my keybed snobbery has been overblown, I still have 100 posts left in me about the need for only the best VSTs! taz

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Yes, I would like to be able to play and improvise like that on ANY action.


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Thanks guys, I really appreciate the kind words! I have to say that the old adage "necessity is the mother of invention" applies here. Going way back I shlepped a Rhodes, Yamaha CP70, Oberheim OBXa, DX7, etc. When I started doing weddings full-time in the NYC area I had to get a lighter setup; you can't pull up to a hotel service entrance on the upper east side of Manhattan and leave your car double-parked while making two trips through garbage-strewn basements, kitchens, and service elevators. The first synth action keyboard I used as a primary board for gigs was an original DX7 (midied to a Roland MKS20 module), then I moved to a Roland XP50 which had a ridiculously light and mushy action. My current Roland feels "weighted" compared to that one!

These days I don't do weddings but I'm hooked on stereo, so I must have two speakers. Since I still like being a one-trip guy, sticking with my 10 lb. 61-note board is a necessity but I'm really not bothered by that at all. It's my "normal." I've gotten pretty good at "playing" the octave transpose keys! smile

PianoMan51, the sounds are very old - Native Instruments pianos (the acoustic piano is the New York Piano, a Steinway that was originally released as part of their "Akoustik Piano" plugin almost 20 years ago!). I'm pretty sure the Rhodes is an old Scarbee that was sold by NI (can't remember exactly, it's been a very long time!).

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Rob, I had the same rig -- DX7 midi'ed to MKS20 -- back then for the same reasons. At some point I swapped out the DX7 for a Roland JV-90 so I could have 70 something keys. The JV-90 / MKS-20 combo was also very light.

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Al, this is why I shake my head sometimes at the threads about keybeds. When I remember what I had to cart around to do gigs, I can hardly believe it.

What might have helped me is that for many years I had no acoustic piano where I lived. All my "piano" playing was on an unweighted synth action keybed. At the end of the day it's the same 1 to 127 velocity values the piano sound source is seeing. You just modulate your physical approach to the keyboard. After years of playing piano on a synth action you're either gonna get it or not.

Besides the XP50's mushy keyboard I also had the original Ensoniq Mirage – that made the XP50 feel like a Steinway! I never used it as a main keyboard though.

I still have that MKS20 somewhere.

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I sold my MKS20 a few years ago because I wasn't using it, but it wasn't easy to part with. I have found memories of playing it on hundreds of gigs. When I saw the MKS20 was part of Keyscape I realized many others must have liked it too.

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I was at the NAMM show where the MKS20 was introduced – 1986, I think. It was a big deal, since iirc there were no full-length acoustic piano samples with multiple-velocity layers yet. My first exposure to it was in the Roland room where it was being given a workout by Herbie! It's crazy how dated it sounds now.


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