Stevie18 wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:13 pm
So while I cannot answer your question about the comparison between Montage 8 and MODX8 I can say that for me the MODX 8 has a quite nice keybed compared to other e-pianos I played in the past. Piano sounds sound much better when I play them from the MODX 8 than from the Montage 6 because the keybed is much better suited for piano sounds. It really makes a huge difference for me.
Not sure how much that helps you. But again, listen to what others said: Try it yourself, order it from a store with 30 days reimbursement policy or go into a store if you can. That's the only way to be sure.
Thanks that was definitely helpful. I don't have the option to try a Montage8 where I live (although maybe they'll get one in at some point soon!?).
I did get to try the MODX8 in the store a few weeks back and the main issue I had almost the whole time was with the keybed attack not being enough for how hard I was hitting the notes, especially in the lower/mid section. Once I found the global velocity setting and changed it from Normal to Soft (which gives the velocity more of a curve), the attack was closer to a real piano. BTW, 95% of the time I played just the CFX POP/Rock piano, as that is my preference for most of the style I play. I want to hear that nice bell-like sound increasingly kick-in when I hit the keys in the lower/mid section with medium to high attack. Up until I set the velocity curve, I could not get that sound without hitting the keys much harder than I should have been.
So for me, I would want to reprogram the CFX Pop/Rock piano, so that the proper elements have the right velocities, and bring the volume(& possibly the velocity) up on the particular element that makes that exponentially increasing bell-like sound when not hitting the keys softly. I can just start to hear it on some demo videos that play the Pop/Rock piano, but it's not quite where I'd like it to be. The Korg Kronos videos almost always have it & some of the Korg Krome videos piano can show it off as well...that's part of what makes my decision between the MODX and Krome difficult...I already heard the Krome with that piano sound (plus it has a full editable sequencer on-board)
Also I would change the volume across the keyboard so the it is more even like a real acoustic piano...I'd either take down the volume at the very bottom and the top end just a bit; or vice-versa, take up the volume in the lower/mid section.
Another thing that I would look at if it's an option is to lower compression on the various elements (or the overall sound). I found that even when I set the MODX8 to soft Velocity, there was a point where I could hit lower/mid notes hard and then even harder, but it was maxed out/compressed and didn't go to the next level like a real piano. It needs more range in volume & attack from lightest to hardest touch.
I like what Wojtek Olszak did to the piano in his Montage Pack, whereby he fixed the CFX Piano patch to play & sound more like a real piano. It would be awesome if he or someone did the same with the CFX Pop/Rock piano!
Here is a perfect example of what I am looking for & what I am referring to regarding that increasing bell-like sound with greater attack in the lower/mid section notes, that the Montage & MODX 'CFX Pop/Rock' piano can almost, but not quite do (but that the Korg can already do); Although it may still be possible with some editing on the Yamaha... If you listen to the piano intro of the Backstreet Boys song 'Incomplete', especially when he hits the 'E' note!!