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  • #16
    Hi Phil.
    In the meantime I received the new keyboard.
    The touch is indeed on heavier side. Quickly visited a music store and I checked a few Yamaha and Kawai actions. In general those are more lighter actions. At the end I like the action which is in Road 88.

    I tried to change the velocity curves by sysex commands using MIDI-OX. I see the message was sent (not rejected) but I see no difference, just like it would not change anything. Did you tried this feature?

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    • #17
      I just received word late yesterday from Akai that they’ve updated the software so you can now adjust the velocity levels. Check their site for more information. What you're looking for is the MPK Road 88 Editor v1.2.0 - you'll find it in the downloads section - use the downloads link on the page I linked to and you should see it.

      From what I'm told, the new editor will allow you to adjust the velocity curves for the black and white keys separately - I'm not sure why they went that way, but as long as you can edit both to suit your playing style / touch, that shouldn't be a problem.

      I already sent the review unit back, so I’m unable to test anything further myself - sorry. But I'd love to hear how it works for you, so if you can, please let us know once you download it and try it!


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      • #18
        Actually that sounds like a good idea. Some DP's have the issue where the black keys for some reason are way too easy to get 127 velocity. With the length being different I would expect the opposite. But for example I had a Kurzweil SP4-7 that the black keys would cause the the EP to bark. It was predominately an issue with the black keys. It was fixable with the velocity curve but that affected the white keys as well.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by kbeaumont View Post
          Actually that sounds like a good idea. Some DP's have the issue where the black keys for some reason are way too easy to get 127 velocity. With the length being different I would expect the opposite. But for example I had a Kurzweil SP4-7 that the black keys would cause the the EP to bark. It was predominately an issue with the black keys. It was fixable with the velocity curve but that affected the white keys as well.
          Ahh - that makes sense! I guess it's good that they give you the ability to adjust them separately then.
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          "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
          - George Carlin

          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
            I just received word late yesterday from Akai that they’ve updated the software so you can now adjust the velocity levels. Check their site for more information. What you're looking for is the MPK Road 88 Editor v1.2.0 - you'll find it in the downloads section - use the downloads link on the page I linked to and you should see it.

            From what I'm told, the new editor will allow you to adjust the velocity curves for the black and white keys separately - I'm not sure why they went that way, but as long as you can edit both to suit your playing style / touch, that shouldn't be a problem.

            I already sent the review unit back, so I’m unable to test anything further myself - sorry. But I'd love to hear how it works for you, so if you can, please let us know once you download it and try it!
            Thank you for the tips. Originally in the product website was a wrong archive, where it was mixed the PDF for a Road Editor with the sound card driver. In fact this Road 88 Editor is the first available. I reported the problem and they promised the fix. Looks like they did it.

            I did a try and now with this Road Editor application indeed, I can send the velocity curve for the white keys and black keys and is easily observable the difference. I did a manual calibration and indeed it changes the velocity curve.

            The available settings are Linear (default), Exp 1 (exponential), and Exp 2 (exponential), Exp 3
            (exponential), Log 1 (logarithmic), Log 2 (logarithmic), and Log 3 (logarithmic).

            While the editor is open I enabled MIDI-OX to monitor midi communication. There are two places where the application requests some configuration from the keyboard using SysEx messages. One is happening when I open the velocity curve dialog and the other one when I press Get Preset menu for the main settings. These two SysEx messages are not the same, but static and never changes its content. The main screen presets where we set the splits and buttons, that is in sync with the content read from the board by Get Preset, but the dropdown selectors indicating velocity curve types for white and black keys, always shows up with Linear velocity selection. We have to remember the last set or just send it again if we are not sure.

            All in all, the velocity curves can be set.

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