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Why no Eurorack piano module?
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Author Why no Eurorack piano module?
williamjturkel
Given the availability of modules like Rings and Plonk, I’m wondering why there isn’t something like a CV-controllable Pianoteq. I can think of a few possible reasons: lack of processing power, lack of perceived interest, etc. Interested to hear opinions on this.
Jefro
My personal opinion, and I realize that maybe not everyone shares it, is that I don't want anything that sounds like a traditional instrument in my modular. The single exception is sample playback and manipulation.
mazzyboy
I think expert sleepers general cv has a couple of piano settings
DruidTek
You'd get a better result with samples imo
Richie Jape
manipulation of specific acoustic instruments like a piano works best in my experience if i sample for the piece i am working on and then use the morphagene to incorporate it into the piece ...

recently, not having access to a real piano i've been getting some very good results from using spectrasonics keyscape for this purpose ... sampling to tape and using the files from there ...

like someone mentioned above i see my modular as something different and new and non-traditional

diffrent strokes and all tho thumbs up
geremyf
The Orthogonal Devices ER-301 has a very nice Piano custom unit. It was developed by Kel, and is called Piano16. Here is a link to some information:

https://forum.orthogonaldevices.com/t/piano16-88-note-piano-sample-cus tom-unit/375
cptnal
That's what pianos are for.

(Joking - don't have an opinion one way or another.)
Richie Jape
geremyf wrote:
The Orthogonal Devices ER-301 has a very nice Piano custom unit. It was developed by Kel, and is called Piano16. Here is a link to some information:

https://forum.orthogonaldevices.com/t/piano16-88-note-piano-sample-cus tom-unit/375


that is super cool !
subdo
For one thing polyphony is not really modular's strong point and a monophonic piano is kinda seriously, i just don't get it
Azarius
Emulating a piano sound would be better via a dedicated keyboard or sample library imo since the sample size needed to store authentic sounding 88 notes with varying articulation / velocity layers would be problematic in a module. For example, Synthogy Ivory is about 49 gigs with 20 velocity layers per key and sounds amazing. This may be overkill for many use cases, but for $189 I’m sure it would be way cheaper than any comparable Eurorack module.
Jefro
Maybe you could put a sample library such as the one mentioned above on an SD card for a Radio Music module. They're pretty cheap. You would need multiple Radio Musics for polyphony though.
boramx
a192 or a192-2 and Disklavier.

swap the sheet music for sampled white noise, swap the punching machine for the a192 and swap the cigarette holder for a krazy straw going down into some Sujeong Qwa and I'm good.
D_Robot
When I started modular I spent many hours trying to emulate real world instruments patching with the modules I had. Not to make them sound real but to use the principle to make interesting sounds that reflect a little of the essence of these instruments.

I view modules like Rings and Plonk as single modules, of what I was trying to achieve with many modules, and used more as ways of abusing physical modelling synthesis rather than necessarily trying to accurately emulate real world instruments. As others have said to best replicate instruments it is probably better done with a real instrument or a sampler. I think that was the general conclusion of the Sound on Sound Synth Secrets series for most instruments including piano:Synthesizing Piano

Therefore, with piano I prefer to play directly into the modular and sample rather than try to emulate. The two main reasons are the performance aspect of tinkling the ivories but also polyphony.
Knights Who Say Neve
Agree that a proper sampled piano in Euro is impractical.

But, the Korg Z1 had some nice physical models of electric pianos. Not ultra-realistic, but very responsive and tweak-able. I'd love to see something like those in a modular.
pzoot
If there was a semi-decent one, I’d be surprised if they sold a dozen. That’s probably the simplest answer for why there isn’t one. You could always try a CV to MIDI module and modulate pianoreq parameters if it interests you
Funky40
pzoot wrote:
If there was a semi-decent one, I’d be surprised if they sold a dozen. That’s probably the simplest answer for why there isn’t one.

THIS

pzoot wrote:
You could always try a CV to MIDI module and modulate pianoreq parameters if it interests you

and this !
myself a Pianoteq player and fan. (expecting you meant Pianoteq )



I disagree on the " a one voice Piano would not be interesting" !
Pianoteq seems to work on those mini PC platforms.
A 4 voice moduel or so seems doable in regards to CPU questions.
just whoever wants to manufacture a module needs to calculate in some numbers............
I´d do some CV2midi
( i had sometimes my Digitakt sequenze my pianoteq by accident .....in monophonic. works ! can sound really cool )
pzoot
Yes!! Pianoteq! hihi

I too am a user and fan, and I too have used it monophonically (eg with Numerology). Electric piano and clav works well too. I also have Chromophone - Plonk is perhaps a good example of what a Pianoteq like module could theoretically be like vs a software version

I actually don’t have a CV2Midi device to try that suggestion out smile but the OP (if actually interested in this as a technique and not just curious about module production) could also try in-DAW LFO and sequenced modulators on Pianoteq depending on the DAW (eg Max4Live or Bitwig devices, or Numerology, or Reaktor Blocks) to get a sense for what it would be like.
strangegravity
pzoot
Nice!! A 5-key velocity sensitive keyboard. You just don’t see enough of those around applause
Paranormal Patroler
Funny you should mention it. I'm preparing a dedicated piano 6u case, after experimenting with the premise for years. Got a record in mind I've meaning to make; have a few etudes already but I'm not there yet.

I would buy a physical modeling piano module in a heart beat. I make do with CV to Midi (a-192-2, ADDAC 222) and physical modeling sounds which I work on my own. Lots of ground to experiment.
D_Robot
Just looked at Pianoteq, having not used it before, and now I'm thinking that in module form it could be quite interesting. Forget polyphony, with CV over a range of parameters it would be more like live tweaking a prepared piano...I might be one of the twelve.
thebrotherspus
D_Robot wrote:
...I might be one of the twelve.


I'd be one too!!
starthief
strangegravity wrote:


Honestly, that looks like the start of a great trigger-with-velocity module. cool
pzoot
Ok you guys got me smile

How about an alternate firmware for Plonk!!!
2disbetter
I would like something like this, which is precisely why I went with a er-301 and more specifically a SSP.

There is no shortage of ways to accomplish a module like this with what is already available, and a really good sampled piano is about as good as it gets outside of playing a real one.

I am a big fan of my eurorack being able to make any sound.

2d
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