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  1. seeking a better piano sound

    The opinion of many keyboard players I know is that most "keyboard amps" are crap. They're referring to the Peavey and Roland models.
  2. seeking a better piano sound

    Amplification can matter a lot. Have you tried headphones? Not for playing out, but to see if the sound you're looking for is closer in headphones. If it is, that means your amplification choices are less than desirable. Guitar amps don't have the full range a piano sound requires. Powered speakers and PAs can, but it depends on how they're set up. Lots of keyboard players I know use powered speakers like the QSC K series, JBL EON, and others as an "amp." But I also know a few guys who aren't happy with those and only like the sounds of some brands/models I don't remember. Maybe you're that particular.
  3. If I read you right, you will record MIDI data in reaper, each zone on a different track, and then play that back out the PX-5S. For that much, you shouldn't even need an interface, just a USB cable. The only thing you need the interface is to record the audio back in Reaper.
  4. Looking for more Upright Acoustic Pianos

    It's the one area many manufacturers lack. They all want to say they sampled the biggest and best grand piano, which is great. But sometimes a true vertical piano is what the music calls for. I'm glad some have taken it upon themselves to try to give us that sound in the PX-5S.
  5. The PX-5S only has two outputs (right?). If you want to put each of four zones on separate tracks in your DAW, you'd only be able to record two audio tracks at a time anyway, so a two-track interface will do. Besides, assuming the timing is consistent, it would be easier to record the audio in multiple passes using only one sound at a time instead of zones (unless you're fading between zones or something like that).
  6. PX560 piano Sound for PX5S

    As an experiment, I would try the opposite. Turn the internal speakers off and run the PX560 through the same sound system you run the PX-5S through. Then you're comparing apples to apples.
  7. Keyboard Amps

    How much does the SpaceStation v3 cost over there? http://aspenpittmandesigns.com Think about amp quality this way. You put a bunch of money into your keyboard, don't cheap out* on the sound by buying an amp that can't handle it and is of poor quality. * I realize you might only have so much money left. Lots of keyboard players go with the active speaker route for their full-range sound. the QSC K series is one example, the JBL EON is another. There are LOTS of threads about keyboard amplification over at the Keyboard Corner. http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/18/1
  8. So, what about spare parts of PX-5S ?

    Since many of the parts are common with other members of the Privia line (and a few not called Privia), sure.
  9. MIDI Software

    I'm a Mac person, but there are a lot of choices for both platforms and many have free versions that are either time-limited or feature-limited you can try. Big names include Steinberg, Presonus, and Avid ProTools.
  10. MIDI Software

    First, what kind of computer, PC or Mac? Second, what are you looking to do?
  11. Next generations, current generations, older generations, whoever we can evangelize.
  12. IMNSHO, the primary reason to get an 88 key keyboard for anyone starting out is that they are weighted like a real piano. There might be some 76-key keyboards that are, but not many, and I don't know of any 61-key keyboards that are, except maybe by Nord, which is more than you want for a beginner anyway. IOW, it's not the number of keys but the weighting that matters.
  13. SP33 Clicking sound on Damper pedal

    Yeah, that can be annoying because you guys might disagree if it's right or not.
  14. SP33 Clicking sound on Damper pedal

    If you're talking about a mechanical clicking sound from the pedal itself and not coming from the speakers or the keyboard, no, I don't think it should be making that noise. Have you contacted the vendor where you purchased it?
  15. Need Advice for Upgrading from CGP-700

    The PX-360 and PX-560 allow you to create your own rhythms, 10 on the PX-360 and 30 on the PX-560. Both have 50 slots for your own Music Presets. The piano tone is better on both, with string resonance and key off simulation. Neither has a mic input per se, but both have 2 1/4" inputs. Both models have the color touch screen and a very similar layout to the CGP-700, so you should be able to jump in and be very familiar with either model.