Piano Settings

General tuning options for VR acoustic pianos (AP)

there’s not a lot that one can do to ‘improve’ the built-in APs. Some tweaks for subtle changes (adapting to amp system/overall band sound):

  • REVERB: add some ‘STAGE’ reverb for a ‘richer’ sound (not too much though). CTRLR EDITOR users can try reverb ‘ROOM2’ + walltype ‘MARBLE’
  • COMPRESSION: a bit of compression “flattens” the decay curve of a note, which gives a softer, fuller sound. Attentions: comp. also adds sound distortions
  • TONE: to max right gives a very clear ‘classical’ Grand sound (‘Steinway-sound’). Use it to find the best setting for your amp-system. 
  • CUTOFF: use the filter to brighten the sound by promoting overtones
  • KEY INITIAL TOUCH (VR menu): reduces the dynamic range for velocity sensitive playing. ‘7′ or lower cuts off the tinkling high velocity piano sample resulting in a ‘softer’ tone in forte. 0-4 also cuts off the low velocity sample.
  • KEY SENSITIVITY (VR730 only): affects your ‘feeling’ for the keybed
  • layering 2 APs (e.g. GrandV  + Rock piano) gives a more powerful ‘band-piano’  to compete against the guitars
  • EQ-ing with an external equalizer: lowering ‘high frequencies’ will soften the harsh tones and decay beats of VR APs, lowering bass frequencies will dampen the exagerated ‘VR piano mechanical ‘knock’ noise’

CTRLR EDITOR ‘V-Piano’ (in live usage):

V-Piano is a EDITOR ‘live tool’ that interacts with the damper foot pedal. It needs the EDITOR to be connected to the VR (tablet, laptop).
It adds (customisable) amounts of brilliance, ‘fake sympathetic resonance’, damper noise effect etc depending on the damper action and has internal processing to make the sound ‘richer’ and more ‘Grand’-like, especially when sustained. 
In the EDITOR releases planned for 2021 V-Piano will receive more features like velocity curves, velocity sensitivity, scale tuning, a couple of ‘presets’ etc.


VR Owners Settings:

‘T.F.S.” (Tim Fleischer Setting) for VR730: Sound=GrandPianoV2, Overdrive=0, Tone=4, Compression=16, MFX=0, Delay=0, Reverb=Stage 32, Initial touch=7, Keyboard touch=super light
Geoff Conwell (possibly originally by Dean Erickson): Sound = Mono piano. Overdrive must be switched to 0. Tone at two o clock; a little bit of reverb

Layering pianos

Many users get a better AP sound by layering two patches.

How to layer to pianos: It’s dead easy if you use CTRLR (see website…!) but from the keyboard simply layer a piano and synth sound using the buttons below the LCD, then on the display select the synth sound, press piano in the badly named Pianos selector block (next to the E Piano button)  and select the patch you want. See also Bugs, Tips & Tricks

Sean A Kelly – layers JD Piano with Classic Piano, produces a bright piano that fits through a band well
James Clare – layers Grand with Rock Piano, all effects off, similar to Sean, slightly less bright.