Cool, I figured it out. I think it actually scales it instead of creating a ceiling, its a good fix!i dont have the manuel anymore, but off my memory im pretty sure you hit the 'split' or 'CTR' button. then under one of those two menus, hit either button 4,5,or 6, on either the 'Bank' or 'NR' lane. Pretty sure it was on the 'bank' lane. but youll see in the little digital read out, itll say something like "blk key lvl". then use the big knob to turn it down from 127 to whatever you like.
afterwords, pay attention to if it feels like the volume of the note youre playing is either harder to play, or if it just suddenly hits a volume ceiling that doesnt let it go any higher
Hi FrankIV,it really all depends on your needs. the roland wasnt too bad honestly. it was just very basic compared to other boards at its price. the keys felt odd, like a rubbery cushioned feeling when you'd push down. almost like they put too much padding to quiet the keys. i also didnt like that you couldnt change the velocity curve (as far as i could tell), all my vsti's were playing really quiet, unless i reeeally hit the keys. also the d-beam worked horribly but that was just a gimmicky inclusion anyway, i dont think anyone was buying it for that hah. and ive just never been a fan of the spring lever mod/pitch thing. the only thing i did like was it had a flat top with no controls on it, so i could align it with my desk and keep my other equipment right there in front of me. or tuck the keybaord right under the desk. but the doepfer can do that too, with much more pro's to it, so.
i would totally go for the doepfer or SL88 Grand instead, but the keybed thing really comes down to preferred feel.
I'm not sure if the LMK2+ has this same black key velocity "scaling." I could only get mine to use a black key velocity limiter (not very useful IMHO). I actually found a great solution to really tweak the feel of my Doepfer to exactly how I want. I'm using a program called 'Bome Midi Translator Pro.' It basically goes between your keyboard and your DAW and can create complex midi transformations. In case anyone is interested, here's the code that I came up with to tweak the black key and white key velocity to exactly how I like...(FYI, I know this code is probably not the most elegant, but it works!)Cool, I figured it out. I think it actually scales it instead of creating a ceiling, its a good fix!
Does anyone have any thoughts on the Studiologic SL88 XY knobs instead of a Mod wheel?
I'm looking for an 88-key keyboard with minimal height (for a desk build), best piano action, and mechanical quietness in mind. Reading through this thread, it seems like maybe the SL88 is the best option.
I currently have an old Yamaha YPG-635, the "GHS" keybed action is pretty good. But it's clunky/noisy, too thick/tall, and it sends weird MIDI messages (eg. the pedal messages get sent over two channels, so I end up with duplicate pedal data).
If it's useful to anyone, I've been making notes on the specs for a bunch of these 88-key MIDI controllers:
Doepfer LMK2+ $1400
57.48” × 10.43” × 4.13” without ball corners
58.27” × 11.02” × 4.72” with ball corners
Komplete Kontrol S88 Mk2 $1049
54.7’’ × 13.6” × 4.5’’
most likely modified TP/100
Roland A-88 $900
56.81” × 10.75” × 4.63”
Roland A-88 MkII $1000
56.31” × 10.81” × 4.687”
Ivory Feel PHA-4
Studiologic SL88 Studio $500
49.6” × 12.2” × 4.9”
Studiologic SL88 Grand $900
49.6” × 12.2” × 4.9”
Arturia KeyLab 88 $600
50.98” × 13.78” × 4.33”
Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII $900
50.9” × 12.7” × 4.4”
M-Audio Hammer 88 $460
55.9” × 11.9” × 5.0”
That feedback is mega helpful for me, thank you! That solidifies what I've vaguely been considering. Guess I'll go try out both and see what I like.Thanks for writing those specs out !
From the list you wrote , my choices would be either the StudioLogic SL88 Grand or the Roland A-88 Mk 2 .
I tried all of them listed and i also been researching this for a long time and to me , the Roland and the Studiologic have the best keybed feel and the size is right for desktop production settings .
just my 2 cents..