Digital vs. acoustics is an ongoing and raging discussion here. You may want to check the archives if you're interested. We don't like this trend of pianists to 'go digital', but I guess like all other technical developments, it can't be stopped. All we can say that digital is ok as long as it doesn't sound too much obviously digital. In this case, I might not even have noticed it if you hadn't mentioned it.
The fact that you "might not have noticed it" is pretty thrilling to me, actually. I live in a small place —no room for a grand. And I'm really fed up with the sound I get when I record my upright.
The truth is, I enjoy
playing my acoustic more. It's much easier to control the dynamics. But I'm always disappointed in the quality of sound when I record it.
Whereas with the Roland/Garritan combo it's exactly the opposite. Playing highly nuanced classical stuff is a real struggle, and not usually much fun. (Though things do get a little better after I've been warming up on it for hours). But—when I listen to the results, I go—wow. Did I really just do that? Somehow it sounds better when I'm done, than when I'm playing.
So the keyboard is a compromise, definitely. But I think of it as my "sharing machine". It gives me the pleasure of being able to get recordings out to the world I feel better about. (Though I don't think for a moment that it comes close to the quality of a beautifully recorded grand.)
At least that's how I feel at the moment!
I confess, too, that being able to edit so easily is very
Unfortunately, playing the digital also robs me of the fun of playing my upright. They're so different, that if I play the upright, I'm totally messed up when I try to return to the Roland!
Ah sure. It's just me being a completist. I like hearing all of a sonata, or set ot variations, or any other collection that is really meant to function as a group, and I can never understand why people only want to play one part of it but not another. That feels to me like selling a composer short.
I'm much less of a completist. A part
Often, l will enjoy playing just one movement of a sonata, or 3 pieces out of a set of 20. Or even one page out of a larger piece (not for an audience—just for myself.) My philosophy is why not just enjoy what I like?
The rule is that we accept anything as long as it can be reasonably called 'classical', and provided we like it. The admins' decisions on this cannot be contested. How is that for democratic and objective
Sounds perfect and I respect that completely!