raffkey Posted August 23, 2013 Share Posted August 23, 2013 Ok so Im in a grumpy mood-see my other post under VR 09 TIPS.. In effort to replace some defective gear, (keys and amps), I purchased a boatload of stuff in the last couple years and really am not happy with most of it! For years I gigged with an Ensoniq Mirage, Viscount organ, 147 Leslie, Juno 106, Korg X3, Peavey Keyboard amp, and a host of other stuff and never had a lick of trouble. These days I find myself sending keyboards in for repair (Kurzweil PC 361, Yamaha NV P80), amps that crap out (Behringer K3000), and am generally disappointed in everything I purchase! Just bought a VR 09 its OK- see my other post-but can be topped by a used instrument for the same amount of dough or less! Recently purchased the Yamaha P105 to replace the NV P80 which plays by itself on occasion(how many hands does that guy have?). The P105 sounds great BUT: its a two hand operation to add layer or split sounds; complete guess-work when it comes to transposing or adding reverb (did I hit the right key/button combination?); no registration or program saving; limited voices; and no midi among other things. $600.00? Really? The $300 NV P80 is almost identical in terms of sound, and has way more features and voices. I took a chance on the Casio PX 350 to replace the Yamaha P105. Not bad sounding once you tone down the high notes, but Yamaha is better in my opinion. That aside, this board has issues as well. Number one: when I layer strings with piano and try adjusting the volume between the two, the strings cannot be lowered. Their volume can go UP and overshadow the piano, but going the other way (-24 steps) makes little difference. Number two: the reverbs, (4 choices), none of them make any noticeable change to the sound. Number three: the sustain pedal is really a hold function pedal as opposed to the setup found on Yamahas. If youre playing a layered string and piano voice on the Casio and use the pedal, be prepared for abrupt breaks as you release the pedal. I much prefer the function of the Yamahas where as you when you use in the pedal in the above scenario, only the piano sustains and the strings die out as they should-not be held indefinitelyI know that a feature as opposed to defect (on the Casio), but I cant imagine anyone liking it.. Oh and Im not against Casio. I bought the original CASIOtone. A mini keyboard with only four voices, but built like a tank. I still have it. It reminds me of a simplier time. OK thats my rant for today-I need coffee.. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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