Originally posted by Jake Johnson:
I\'m considering buying a Yamaha S-80 as a controller for playing Giga piano libraries. Does anyone have experience with this keyboard and the good piano libraries?
I understand that the feel of a keyboard is largely subjective. However, I wonder about the things that can be judged objectively:
Is the response to velocity accurate enough for the big piano libraries with many velocity layers? The onboard pianos have two or three velocity layers, so I\'m not sure it can register the four to sixeen layers of the good pianos. (Presumably it can register them, but does it register them well?)
The key travel on the S-80 is long, compared to most contemporary controllers. Feels like an old, maybe badly maintained Steinway, needing a little extra pressure to get the key moving, but moving fast once it\'s going. Is this going to be a bad thing playing contemporary piano samples? (Or does this initial resistance come from it being a new keyboard, one that will have a \"smoother\" action after its broken in?)
Thanks for any insight. I like the feel of the S-80, but don\'t want to commit to a keyboard that won\'t do justice to the good pianos out there. Any S-80 users out there?