A quick follow up. You said “[w]hat surprised me is a direct comparison between the Ravenscroft 275 and the [Kawai]mp7se.” It got me thinking about something I read a while back.
The link between Kawai and Ravenscroft is a product worked out between the company and the head of Ravenscroft to create a modified version of the Kawai VPC1 to make its action as close to that of the Ravenscroft 275 as possible. It’s called Ravenworks. They have two versions. a Studio Model I ($5,499.00) and a Studio Model II ($5,799.00). The only difference is in the finish of the keyboard. They’re only controllers; there are no onboard sounds.
Here’s a link to someone playing it. If you’re interested, there’s a link to the company site with more information.There’s a big difference between $275,000 and $5,499. If I had more space. I’d probably buy one.
Thanks, Scott, for both the suggestions on the mic settings (still playing around with that) and the link to Ravenscroft digital.
I’ve only had the mp7se for a couple months, and I thought about getting a VPC1, but it’s about the same price. So far, I haven’t done much of anything with the mp7se electronics other than listen to the default sounds and use it as a controller, but I really like the action, especially in comparison to the older but more expensive mp10.
Ravenscroft definitely seems like the Porsche (or Bentley) of the piano world; paying a $3500 premium for them to adjust the key settings and paint the case blue seems, well, a little like paying more than 200K for a real piano!
Secondary benefit for me of following this thread was going down a Ruslan Sirota rabbit hole (terrific player, great teaching approach to improv, slightly weird youtube persona). I’m a little surprised he hasn’t had a more prolific career as a teacher/solo artist.
I also find Ruslan Sirota amazing. He won a Grammy in 2011 for his work on the album The Stanley Clarke Band. I believe he’s teaching at USC now and beginning to develop his own online classes at Music Made Better https://www.musicmadebetter.com/
In addition to the Ravenscroft 275, VI Labs [apart from their True Pianos–The American (Steinway D9), the German (Bechstein semi-concert grand), and the Italian (Fazioli F308)–now have the Modern U, sampled from a brand new Yamaha U3 studio upright piano.
Here’s Sirota playing the title song from his 2019 album A Lifetime Away on the Modern U. It’s a tune high on my list of tunes to transcribe. Enjoy.
I bought it mainly for portability as I was on the road a lot before confinement began. It’s very lightweight but also has a nice touch and feel to the keys.
I’m a big fan of Roland keyboards. I believe the latest model in their range is the RD 2000 which is a real joy to play on. It’s heavy to haul around but if you are keeping it in one place that would be my choice.
We do have a discussion on keyboards in our software and setup section:
Take a peruse through that thread and perhaps make some notes of what brand/modeels to try out next time you are in a music store.
I think for everyone it’s down to personal preference but for sure that thread will give you some ideal of what keyboards to test.
I had gone thru that tread several times just wanted to double check. I have a keyboard I love to play at another local but when I traveled to another place the keyboard I thought I could live with is zero fun to play, the keys are bouncy and loud. I like the price point of the FP-30 and it looks like you enjoy playing it, the keys look like they release back at a good level? So I’m thinking that’s good enough for me. My local stores aren’t allowing any playing at this time.
Unfortunately not. But doesn’t really matter as can share vanilla garage band file if needed. I did however come across a nifty little device for the iPhone to make things easer than using the CME WIDI Master bluetooth device as that was the KORG PlugKey that just required a single cable to from the keyboard to the device. Also allows headphones with volume control and also connection to studio monitors if needed
Yeah - I’d kill for an iPad pro as I use a windows laptop as well and my iPad’ air’s sound for some reason now not working via its speakers but only via bluetooth (its probably around 8 yrs old so may need to try a factory reset). I’m using a Yamaha YDP-161 which bought nearly 5 yrs ago in Vietnam when working there. as missed having a keyboard. I used to have a Yamaha CVP digital grand but that was in Australia before working for the last 10 years across asia and had to sell it. I have used a small jawbone speaker (bluetooth) but sound not that good and wondering about buying some headphones like Samson semi-open SR885 as an option but not sure yet.
I’m not sure but would think it possible via bluetooth or using a direct cable. I’ve used a mini-jambox with bluetooth but like you said, latency was an issue and used a KORG PlugKey which was a midi-out cable from the keyboard to the input of the device which is connected to my IOS iPhone/iPad and has a built-in volume control and output for headphones or speakers.
I’ve been using earplugs but looking to buy some headphones.
Does anyone have any experience with using headphones, type and whether semi-open is better than closed type headphones…I see the reviews for Samson SR850 as budget headphones with “Soundstage” being a key feature.
Thank you Paul. I’m concidering buing Ravencroft if there will be Black friday or holiday special. But I’m not sure how to set it up. When using garageband with usb midi and Bluetooth to Mini soundlink it causes a delay, but i will tr using a cable instead of BT.
I’ve been running the Ravenscroft 275 (on Mac and also on iOS), and encountered some latency problems which, in every case, were due to the output device and not the midi to VST connection. With a portable speaker or a Samsung soundbar, both the BT and aux (cable) connections had unacceptable latencies, whereas a monitor or headphones (both via 3.5 mm cable) were great. A google search suggests the same is true for the Bose mini soundlink.
Paul, I’ve been using Bose QC headphones (with cable rather than bluetooth). No latency issues. The Bose sound especially with NR on is, not surprisingly very different from my Focal monitors, but has not bothered me enough to fiddle with equalizer settings.
I haven’t run the Ravenscroft on external speakers. I’m using a pair of Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor headphones (cabled). Like gregb, I’ve had no issues with latency using the headphones.