The VPC replaces with me an older Roland RD-700SX Stagepiano, which I had used anyway only as master keyboard for piano VSTis.
Per: - Compared to the RD, the VPC has a much more sensitive dynamics resolution and a wonderful playing feel. Since there are even acoustic instruments with worse keyboard. - In interaction with Pianoteq, especially with the appropriate predefined Velocity curve simply unbeatable. - Simple, a pure keyboard and a power switch. - Solid processing.
Problem zones: - Massive weight! Alone almost not to move. This is exacerbated by the fact that the side parts, unlike many other stagepianos, have no gripping points, and the front panel does not become clogged when the weight is applied. - Small processing defects in the paint I have then fixed itself (for unfriendly UPS and who wants the 40kg including packaging already more than once through the stairs house ...) - The music stand is marginal: leaves fall constantly, and it could be significantly wider and higher. Due to the depth of the device, it is also difficult to place a proper music stand behind it. - The top looks in principle ideal, to put things on, notes, keyboards, lights, or Dekovasen - it is not, however, thanks to a completely unnecessary design curb wiggles everything rum.
Conclusion: The VPC fulfills my requirements for a pure piano controller almost perfectly. I do not want to move. For other stuff (Aftertouch, Mod / Pitch) I have other controllers, which one with enough felt glides glued also half-way up the stairs.
Almost analogous and with Pianoteq almost a piano / flute
I bought this keyboard for Pianoteq 4.5, because the program has very high demands on the velocity dynamics (all 127 levels are needed, reproducibly on each key in the same way). This keyboard fulfills without restriction (not only, but also in the factory-side Pianoteq-Preset). The touch feeling is also quite close to a real grand piano thanks to the reproduction of the hammer mechanism. It is a pity that a vertical wall is attached directly to the end of the key. For real instruments, but also electronic pianos, this wall is either tilted backwards or slightly further away, leaving more space for the fingers. On the black keys it is so cramped. These are also somewhat narrow and therefore not very handy. If you do not hit them exactly, you slip off. But the problem is reduced with some habituation. I have the same problem with Pianoteq, but I do not know what it is, but I do not like it Anyway prefer. The five fixed stop curves can be called directly with the on / off button without the program. Because of the arched top, you can only place limited devices (eg other keyboard or monitor) on it.
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