After sitting on the sidelines of this forum and learning from all you excellent people active on this forum, I decided to ask your advice on my present dilemma..
After 4 years of hammering away and re-learning the "Art of Piano" on my old clavinova clp-840 digital piano, I'am getting so disgusted with the sound of the instrument that I decided enough is enough, it's time to upgrade.
A real piano is out of the question due to living conditions, and a new, substantially better digital piano is out of my reach due to cost. So I've decided to go the "PC and a sampled piano" route.
What finally set me on this course was a chance to try out Synthogy's Ivory. (Through a kawai stage piano on my friends "cutting edge" PC. I was surprised beyond belief at the level of realism and playability, and decided this was the way to go. (This was the first time I've played a sampled piano)
But here's the catch: unlike most members of this forum I'm not a pro but a student with rather limited resources (ie. a notch or two above broke), and the system I could realistically afford would look something like this:
AMD Sempron 64 2800+ CPU
Asus K8V-X SE Motherboard
1 Gb ram
2 x smallish 7200rpm drives (1 for OS, 1 for samples)
M-Audio 2496 sound card
So here are the question's...
1. Is there any chance of running ivory with decent polyphony, latency etc. on this kind of a system? (That's all I would be running. That is: Windows XP, a VST host (preferrably free), and Ivory.)
2. If not, What do I absolute have to change/upgrade to get a satisfactory system?
3. Does anyone have experience of using the clavinova clp-840 (old model, mid-nineties I think) as a midi controller?
4. Any viable alternatives to Ivory? (I'm not looking for piano that "sit's well in a mix", but one which is enjoyable to play. I play mainly classical stuff.)
I'm looking for a system which, after setting up, I could just forget, put my headphones on and play along.
Any views, advice and experiences of similar set-ups would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks in advance,
-Janne (Oulu, Finland)