From the Newsgroup. My response is at the end.
>> Forum: alt.music.prince
>> Thread: Digital Keyboards <a open discussion
Subject: Digital Keyboards <a open discussion
Author: Whatdaumm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here it is people lets talk about why Digital Keyboards are one of the
biggest rip off in the 90's Who makes these sound cards??And why
do they so many similar sounds that are not really worked or tweaked that
much?? Is this a money scam to make you buy a soundcard for only a few
worthy sounds?? Who thinks that Digital keyboards have no warmth to them??
Who thinks maybe prince is better off with analog synths and rhodes and
maybe 1 or 2 digital keyboards?? Now we could have a opposing view.
Does anybody want to rightfully admit they prefer Digital to analog keyboards??
Who else thinks the pitch shifter stick is one of the most retarded sounding
things on a keyboard to date?? <Raise your hand if you think so> This
has been on my mind for sometime but am I the only one who thinks when
he hears somebody imitate a flute on a korg you just go <Oh lord that
sound is so wack> I was recently listening to Al di meola Live at
the Palladium and I kept thinking theres this guy in the band playing a
imitation electric piano on a digital keyboard. Does that make any sense
at all?? I dont think so. Sometimes I wonder about the current rise of
digital keyboards in Jazz fusion bands and wonder what a rhodes or moog
or arp would sound like in "This song " or "that song" Im not blasting
Digital keyboards I just think the imitation sounds are not worked on enough.
Some sounds they have are pretty cool but the lot of em are truly wack
and sterile. And they should invent a better pitch shifter then a little
joystick you move to the left or right. When you use that it only makes
it sound more retarded. Do I make any sense at all?? Am I insane??
Are digital keyboards really the bombdiggi??
for your time also in closing Id like to say the
Synclavier wasareally really good idea <Zappa and Junie seemed to think
so> Imlooking forward to responses.
(To which I responded)
Well, I can personally tell you that one of the biggest problems is
the quality of samples (or the lack thereof). Today's newest generation
of digital gear has terrific specifications and very good sound for the
dollar. But these sound libraries are awful! I bought 2 Synclaviers
and a NED PostPro after dealing with MIDI and it's slow response times,
lack of sample memory, and putrid sound libraries.
However, I am buying an Emu E6400 Ultra today... I will be using
it to TRANSFER EXISTING ULTRA HIGH-END Synclavier SOUND LIBRARIES over
to the Emu. I will be holding demonstrations at various
composer's studios in Los Angeles. These products will be out
in a month or two. NOW we can get to
the root of the matter. 105 db Signal to Noise ratio 64/128 voices,
128 meg of RAM and 20-20,000 +
/- frequency response with 20 bit D/A's for a couple of $grand is too
good NOT to recognize.
There will be Double-Blind tests to really determine if you can get
99% of the Synclavier's overall sound quality in an Emu EIV Ultra.
Not the same machines by any stretch of the imagination but the time has
I invite interested persons to call and attend.
Let us REALLY find out once and for all.
Yaking Cat Music Studios
(661) 799 - 9641
THE source of Synclavier information