After running across some information about Kurzweil's V.A.S.T. settings and their effects, I have to ask this:
Is it now possible to patch together enough VST's and sample settings to create something approximating or going beyond the abilities of the current Kurzweil engine? (I'm not speaking of the quality or length of samples--obviously our computers can hold more and longer samples).
Please understand that I have a limited knowledge of Kurzweil instruments myself, but listening to some demos of piano libraries, I hear things going on that I don't hear in the giga libraries. Much of what I hear is not necessarily "better," and in fact sounds artificial, yet nice:
--the way the verb can be shaped so different frequencies can be emphasized (not just a general damping or damping of high frequencies.)
--the way reflections can be manipulated to float in space. (Sorry--that's how it sounds. I don't know how it's done. Maybe a separate ADSR for each reflection or frequency, or comb filters with separate ADSR's for each resonant oscillator?)
--the ability to set the attack so it starts at any point in the sample (so more velocities might be emulated, with the early portions with the most attack transients skipped, without having to create a new copy of the sample)
Any Kurzweil people out there who can address this? It will a long time before I can afford a new keyboard, let alone their latest, but I'd like to think I can come close with current vst's and a softsampler. (If I could better determine how the Kurzweils get their sounds...)