I'm putting this in this forum, becuase frankly this relates to what I'm going to use to play samples. Piano samples, to be specific!
I have two controllers in my studio for evaluation purposes over the long weekend - the Roland RD-700SX, and the CM UF8. (Hey, it's a long weekend in Canada, eh!) I was only interested in the Roland, but they (the dude at the store) wanted me to test the CM as well.
CM UF8 is not good for playing piano samples, IMHO. Play on the keys for about 20 sec. and you will realize this! The keys bounce back too quickly. The attacks are not right, There seems to be a lot of initial resistance, then not enough. They just don't feel right, for piano, although the controller may be fine for other things. (Not to mention only four velocity curves that you can't edit) !!! And this is supposed to be a master controller?
The Roland RD-700SX on the other hand, is SUPERB, and I will be buying one as soon as I can save up, hopefully in the next month or two. (Hey I finally got my credit card paid off, and it's going to stay that way!)
Very responsive, very comfortable, very intuitive. Doesn't really feel like I'm playing a keyboard.
In short, a fantastic controller for playing piano samples, and the internal pianos are OK, as well - and will be useful for when I don't want to bother firing up the computer, loading samples etc. Sometimes nice to just switch on, and play.
I truly love this keyboard, and won't be happy about having to return it to the store on Tues. AM!
I haven't been able to find out if this is the same action as the HP-103 (graded hammer action, without escapement), but it doesn't matter, it works. (It is graded hammer action, and is described as one of Roland's high end actions, but that's all I've been able to find out.
I've been testing with the Art Vista Virtual Grand, and also The Grand (Steinberg). I can't test my Giga pianos, since I have removed Giga 3 from my system. (That's another story).
Before, I would play and record (MIDI) the performance, and then have to edit the veolcities of various notes that were sticking out etc., but not now. All I have to edit is my "mistakes".
So, there is so much discussion about the various sampled pianos, but I have discovered that the keyboard you use to play them can make a BIG difference. (I have been using a Kurzweil K2500X, but the RD-700SX will make a big difference, at least for me!) The player/keyboard/sample connection will be better, and frankly more like playing a real piano, which I guess is the point).
I have also found it be very much less tiring to play on.
Just thought that I'd share my excitement!