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Re: VSTi piano - or other laptop synth

Sampler is the word I am looking for --- not just a piano (though I can't 
even find a good free VST piano out there).

Anyway, there are a you mentioned that I haven't checked out, so that 
certainly gives me something to do ......

I'm gonna dig into Reason today ... I get a lot of mixed reactions for 
one .....

And yeah, I was thinking about just sampling the triton settings that I 
... seems like that is gonna be the best solution.


>From: Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com>
>Reply-To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>Subject: Re: VSTi piano - or other laptop synth
>Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 10:56:17 +0100
>On 26 feb 2007, at 03.18, aaron leese wrote:
>>Here a tangentially related topic .....
>>I need a good keyboard synth program .... because I have a midi  
>>controller (keyboard), and a rack mounted synth, but would like to  sell 
>>the rack mounted equip and use just a laptop (save space).....
>>Sampletank is good (but very expensive) ... I have been looking for  
>>alternatives, but with little luck.  The only free ones I found  (4front 
>>and MDA) are mediocre, and have some latency issues running  with 
>>Can anyone offer advice on this?  I wouldn't mind spending a few  
>>if I can get something that will replace my korg triton rack
>Hi Aaron,
>It's difficult to find an answer to such a broad question. Is it  "piano 
>sound" you are looking for? Or is it "synth sound"? And if so,  what type 
>of synth? You mention Sampletank, but that's a sampler;  meaning it may 
>mimic many instruments but lack the dynamics and  envelope option you get 
>with synths. And if you are looking for  something in software to replace 
>Korg Triton - that's not going to  be easy. The Triton is very versatile 
>and has great built-in effects  that play a big part in its sound shaping 
>Maybe you should simply buy a software sampler and sample the output  of 
>your Triton (including effects and all) before you sell it? I've  done 
>to two of my analog synths using the excellent "synth patch  ripping" 
>software AutoSampler from REdmatica. It runs on OSX but I  just noticed 
>other day that another company have now ripped off  that application to 
>provide a Windows version. Speaking about  samplers I have heard a lot 
>about SampleTank. Myself I mainly  use the sampler ESX24, which is part 
>Logic, because of Logic's way  of globally handling micro tonal scales. I 
>also own NI's Kontakt 2  that is maybe the best sampler if you look to 
>you can do with  it. Question is if you're ever going to do all that 
>that K2  offers to? (also NI's user license may be a problem if you work 
>  many machines - more than two - and need to move the sampler between  
>them). If you start with getting a software sampler you need to  expand 
>laptops RAM to the max and get a huge hard drive,  eventually an external 
>firewire drive for all those samples.
>A software synth that I personally like is Arturias Moog Modular 5.  It 
>a good sound (which can not be said about every other software  synth out 
>there). Deep fat sound, good high end, musical sounding  with great 
>filters. The downside IMO is that it had no way of tuning  it into fixed 
>micro tonal scales. If you want the classic Moog sound,  the MMV is a 
>I also like the Cameleon 5000. It uses additive synthesis and is  capable 
>of some unique sounds. Whenever I can't use Logic and its  built-in 
>modeling synth Sculpture I go for C5k (Logic only runs on  Mac). What I 
>like about C5k (as with all Logic's synths) is that it  can be set to all 
>kinds of micro tonal scales. There are a lot of  demo tracks at the web 
>site so you can hear how it sounds http:// www.camelaudio.com/
>Synths and samplers that I have bought but and not use much, because  I 
>don't like their quality of sound, are Reason (a complete  production 
>environment) and Albino 3. Not saying they are bad, I just  don't like 
>way they sound.
>Greetings from Sweden
>Per Boysen
>www.boysen.se (Swedish)
>www.looproom.com (international)
>http://tinyurl.com/2kek7h (latest music release)

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