Why don’t musicians care about sound quality? I am really dumbfounded.
I purchased a new keyboard, a Roland RD-2000, that has a powerful piano sound engine. One of the units multiple sound engines is a modeling system… the other uses classic samples to generate piano sounds. Both are very good. (Some dislike Roland renderings… but that is another topic.). Anywho… I have found the audio system the keyboard plugs into is almost MORE IMPORTANT that the sound source. Most folks are playing their keyboards through either public address amplifier/speakers, or really crappy powered Bose-like crap. I really can’t believe it. They argue on the keyboard forums who has the “best” piano sounds but are playing them back through crap.
I am playing my RD-2000 back through an Adcom 545 II amp (I just soldered up a new power supply kit… lots stuff out there to keep this Nelson Pass-designed amp going), and horribly colored ADS speakers. To get the coloration out, I hooked up an old Nikko equalizer and attempted to level the speaker’s bizarre response curve. Anywho… I know from experience, that even with the colorization of these speakers, the sound quality overall is far superior to any of the crap most play through. The Roland’s grand piano sounds are big and full and some have huge weight to them… you just can’t appreciate them without a top-notch system.
So… for the musicians out there… why doesn’t anyone care about the amplification/speaker systems they play through? Is it cost? I do know most musicians are cheap - and why overall, these keyboards are pretty cheap relative to what you get… IMO.
Bruce in Philly