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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Giacomo Gatti a hobbyist user from ITALIA writes:
I buy this unit some year ago and i'm satisfied for the acoustic and electric pianos. It's very easy to use (plug and play) and the sound it's very good. With the EQ and the effects you can modify a little the sound, and this is great, not many pianos, only six but well doing. There is even a footswitch for making the Sostenuto or Soft pedal!!! A great Quality/Price unit.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-17-2004 at 07:45
Richard Lee a hobbyist user from UK writes:
The piano sound is rather good in the mid-range, but, if this makes sense, it sounds like a RECORDING of a grand piano rather than a live grand piano - excellent for direct recording though. What is unforgivable though (and the reason I returned mine to the shop) is the sample crossover point toward the top of the keyboard. There are 5 or 6 notes that evidently use a sample of a lower velocity than the others and sound considerably duller. The eq section does nothing to alleviate the problem. Setting the velocity sensitivity for pieces with loud and quiet passages is infuriating. You have to turn the sensitivity up to achieve pianissimo (without it sounding like the volume's just been turned down) but then you have to play too hard for normal volume and literally hammer the keys with all your might for fortissimo! Then there's the effects section. The chorus is not subtle enough even at its lowest setting and the reverb sounds cheap. The sympathetic string resonance and pedal noises are all there and do add to the realism, but I feel more care should have been taken over the actual piano samples for consistency of tone across the keyboard. If you intend to buy the Minigrand for live playing, I urge you to try it out first, and pay particular attention to that dull area I've mentioned. I'll stick to my old Korg 01W!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-24-2002 at 10:54
Dave Auletta a professional user from USA writes:
I wanted an inexpensive all around module with good sounds but mainly a good piano and electric piano sound sound and I gave up. You need this and another module. I tried the Roland jv1010 and that has thousands of sounds not many usable. The Korg X5dr wasn't bad, and I liked the sounds and the display better than the 1010. The pianos were weak on both modules. The Kurzweil micropiano was ok but the sound on this unit is better and as a bonus it's cheaper. It's made in Italy. I think those Italians have something going on as far as piano sounds. I think there is only one other company doing pianos with sympathetic resonace modeling (Generalmusic) and I think they're Italian too. As it turns out, I'd rather have 1 killer piano sound than 1500 laser beams.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-02-2001 at 23:31
mccoy a part-time user writes:
I read a few reviews on the minigrand on the net. I was interested because it's a module dedicated 50% to acoustic piano, the only sound I'm into. considering that, i was a little disappointed. Maybe it's not technically possible to achieve great results with a relatively small memory. The three piano sounds have an electric reminiscence, They are pretty far from the real stuff. I have found better material in Soundfont format, but that's impossible (almost) to use in gigs. All in all, the recorded sound ain't bad, it's convenient for gigs and...... I don't know the other piano modules on the market, so this is not a comparative judgment.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-30-2000 at 21:38
Don Nelson a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I purchased this unit to compliment the piano in my Alesis QS8 which, while nice and bright to cut through a live performance, is pretty crummy for classical. The Obie is a very mellow, rich grand sound with a fair amount of realism, thanks to the physical modelling. The sympathetic ringing is convincing and the decays--especially for the low notes--is smooth with little evidence of looping. I'm not terribly impressed with the on-board reverb, but it is good enough until I get a better one! Don't expect this to be a swirling-stereo, head-in-the-piano type sound that is so common these days...the miking for the samples seems much more realistic to sit comfortably in a classical mix. I'm impressed!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-05-1999 at 10:45
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