Davos Bay Test Back at my computer after being gone for a couple days. A friend loaned me his Roland FP-5. I hooked it up, downloaded the driver, and did some tinkering and testing. One of the biggest issues for me with digital pianos is the velocity-sensitivity and weight of the keyboard. The Roland’s is pretty good, I have to say. It took me a while to get used to it, but it took me equally as long to get used to a new baby grand piano we have at church. The tactile qualities of the keys, the feel of them, the heaviness or lightness of how the keys move under your fingers, the resistance in them, all those things have a say in how the instrument plays.
Anyway, I put together a little test to see how the keyboard talks to my computer. This took about 15 minutes. I used samples of a Steinway, flute, and cello from the Prague Philharmonic. This is the tune from “The Girl of Davos Bay,” which is a song from my Tormay books. I think it turns up in the first book, if I remember correctly. I’m planning on recording a proper length instrumental version later, plus a sung version with guitars, voices, and Irish whistle.