|Bechstein Upright with Kurzweil Vario System KVS-1 (Silent Piano)|
I recently bought a Bechstein Millenium equipped by Bechstein with the Vario-System. This digital piano system is a Kurzweil Vario System KVS-1 - and I have not found any information about the system on the net so let's start to collect some information...
You can order most C. Bechstein, Hoffmann, Zimmermann and Euterpe uprights equipped with the Kurzweil Vario system. Similar systems are Kawai Anytime, Seiler DuoVox, Schimmel Silent Piano or Yamaha Silent Piano. There seem to be slight differences, but the principle is the same: You have a classical upright fitted with a digital piano inside; the movement of the keys is captured by a photo interrupter. This is not a synthesizer-format thing but a "real upright": heavy, black, beautiful :-) And if you want to play at night you can use the center pedal so the hammers do not touch the strings, connect headphones and play without disturbing you neighbors. The sound is hereby created by the digital piano, e.g. the Kurzweil KVS-1.
Silent pianos are not Player Pianos where the keys are moved and the piano's strings are used to create the sound - but can be seen as their grand childs.
Kurzweil KVS-1 and Midi Sequencer
I am using a M-AUDIO Midisport UNO to connect my Notebook with the upright; the Freeware Midi Sequencer MidiSwing seems to be a good software to start with. Are there any other Freeware or Shareware Midi Sequencers you would recommend? (Windows XP)
Does anybody out there own a Kurzweil KVS-1 too? Am I the only one? :-)
I have found nothing about this system on the net - WHY?
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