I love the sound of panpipes, Irish stuff, and Indian flutes, with their glorious personalized chiff. A pipe organ is little more than a synthesized set of panpipes. The chiff is cut way back and is equal for every tone. I piano is a synthesized set of harpstrings; it is incapable of the many delicate variations of tone available to different ways of plucking the string (also true of the harpsichord). And since equal temperament (1722 & 1744 and thereabouts), no one in Europe or America has heard what an A Major chord actually sounds like. I've heard, from proponents of natural tuning, that it's like hearing heaven through clear glass.
But without the organ and without the equal temperament, we have no Bach, no Liszt, no Wagner (but we could have Baloche and Tomlin, at least)
That's like it is with keyboards. A keyboard is essentially an organ with zillions of "stops", some of which mimic various kinds of pianos. But unless you have a high-quality, wide-range and powerful amp, you'll get a penetrating, pushy midrangey sound (which is frustrating when you listen to the great stereo sound you get in the headsets and realize it isn't that way on the platform). Sustain can be weird on certain kinds of strings; and you may find yourself helpless with a tone that sounds great in one register of the keyboard but biting, harsh, or too soft on another -- with an acoustic instrument, all you have to do is play with sensitivity to bring out lines -- you never know if that little "bing" on a high note is going to bing, or BLAM!
Of course, on a piano you can't play a pad and reduce the percussiveness to 1%, either, or whip a cathedral organ out of your back pocket, or turn the keys into a Spanish guitar or a flute.
>> whip a cathedral organ out of your back pocket, or turn the keys into a Spanish guitar or a flute.
I used to think like that. Especially with some of the advancements Yamaha Motif (ribbon controller) and Roland Gaia w/ D-beam been making in their models. Even to a extent things like newer "modellers"/PCM like Korg wave drum WD-X. Synth.
MIDI, after all the changes and enhancements isn't that realistic yet. After-touch, velocity sensitivity, ribbon controller, jog wheels, 5-way joysticks...at best to me it seems to Y "invoke" feelings like X.
Unfortunately, you can't have your cake and eat it too. Variety of sounds comes normally comes at the cost of quality of sounds. Sadly, that's what I find with my guitar rigs too.
Wayne - I'm having fun with the guitar synth right now, and it's amazing the guys at the church when I play piano or sax. The guitar may be a good control system for synth sounds because the process of note creation is very much under the musicians control.
Same here. Remember cigar-box banjos? Total acoustic experience, though tuning them was a real pain.
I understand - a lot of people feel that way, but for me and in my hands it's the other way round.