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velocity range on your keyboard/controller

Discussion in 'Recording' started by patrickh, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. patrickh

    patrickh Guest

    I'm curious: what kind of effective velocity range do people get out of their keyboards?

    I am using a Yamaha clavinova, just for midi output, because I like the piano-like feel, and because I already had it before I got into midi and synths. The functional velocity range of this is about 45-95; you have to hammer it really hard to get anything above a 95, and it's very hard to play anything consistently softer than about 45-50. This means that I have to re-edit the velocity layers on most multi-sampled patches to be able to play them using all layers, and it's a bit difficult to get effective layering because of the limited velocity range. (I can also fiddle with the velocity curves on synths and samplers, to make them respond better to this range).

    I'm just curious as to what sort of range other keyboards/controllers put out when you are playing them. Can you easily produce lower and higher velocities? Do you have good control over the whole range of velocities when you play?

    thanks for your answers
  2. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Have you tried any of the "semi-weighted" keyboards yet? IMO they have better control over such parameters.
  3. patrickh

    patrickh Guest

    You're probably right, but I don't have the means to buy one right now, and I can manage by setting the parametres on my sound modules and samplers to correspond to the way I play with my keyboard.

    But nobody has answered my question yet. When you play and record midi from your keyboard, what velocity range do you actually get, and do you have good control over it(i.e. is it easy to play pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff)?
  4. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Patrickh, try this website. It should have what your looking for. Go to http://www.midisolutions.com
  5. patrickh

    patrickh Guest

    Thanks for the interesting link, dabmiester. But nobody has answered my question. I'm managing with what I have, and I wouldn't consider buying any new equipment unless I knew for sure the answer to my question for a particular keyboard.

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