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Aria Sinsonido 101C / SPL SBK unbox

More 3D blu-ray in Sydney 2010 Dec – Lang Lang in 3D 郎朗 三维

Lang Lang in 3D blu-ray 2010 Dec

Wow! Lang Lang in 3D 郎朗 出了三维了。

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Clavinova Case

Clavinova Case

Yamaha Clavinova used to have much better design in terms of aesthetic and furniture (subjective though). See the stronger front legs in the 150 and 170 series that is more like today’s Roland HP-207’s legs; the beautiful music stand in the 860 and 880 series.

And the quality feel of the back case board. Put them side by side with the current models, you might see the difference better.

Larger image: here and here

Roland V-Piano vs Pianoteq+Controller

Roland V-Piano

Well, I don’t have anything to say (yet).
But I can see there will be a lot of talk and discussion on “Pianoteq 3 + Controller” vs “Roland V-Piano“. That is, with the consideration of ‘V-Piano”s US$5995 price tag. Like this discussion, saying/implying V-Piano now virtually killed all the sampled software pianos, while as Pianoteq 3 at most has been sharing the market.

White Yamaha P-155 P155 Digital Piano

White Yamaha P-155

Sighted a White Yamaha P-155 online. Japanese version? my Mahogany P-155 P155

Yamaha P-155 P155 Digital Piano Aux out level test

P-155 Aux out level test

P-155 Aux out level test

P-155 Aux out level testFlickr Link for larger images
Digital Piano Forum user reported a P-155 aux out recording level abnormal issue.

So I did a test on my own. I didn’t find any abnormal level in my P-155.

I used a “1/4 inch (6.35mm) mono Jack male to RCA female adapter ” to connect P-155 to my JVC mini HiFi for extra bass. I didn’t find that I need to turn up the volume than normal. By the way, the bass of JVC and the speakers of P-155 blend in together beautifully. Now the bass is, I think, 3 times than before when I press the lowest key. And the sound now sounds so controlled, textured and layered.

I used the same adapter for recording the sound to my Sharp MD recorder. This recorder also does 24bit sound recording. I didn’t notice that I need to set the recording level any higher than I normally do.

In short, I didn’t find anything abnormal in terms of level.

These Foolish Things – Japanese version and Chinese version

These Foolish Things

“These Foolish Things” is a standard Jazz number. There are many versions. The image on the left show a Japanese interpretation, which is very good.

This one is another Japanese version, which is actually in Japanese. (But it is not as good as the first Japanese lady’s version).

I therefore translated it into Chinese:

So, why it needs to be translated into Chinese then? You may not know that the original English lyrics was written by Anna May Wong’s lover, and dedicated to

Anna May Wong. The song writer found the lyrics, got inspired and added in the music part. Continue reading

Yamaha L-140 digital piano for P-155 stand delivered today

Yamaha L-140 Digital Piano Stand for P-155

Yamaha L-140 Digital Piano Stand for P-155

Yamaha L-140 Digital Piano Stand for P-155

Yamaha L-140 Digital Piano Stand for P-155

MDR-CD280

Bavas Music Store, Sydney, today delivered the Yamaha Digital Piano Stand L-140 L140 without extra delivery charge as they promised.

The stand itself is AU$220.

I have set it up in about 30 min for my new Yamaha P155. This stand does what it does pretty well. And the piano now is VERY stable. Much more so than the iron board I have been using before the delivery. I was a bit worried on the fact that the stand is not adjustable in height. But after it is installed. The height is perfect. However, material wise, I believe it is overly priced. The long horizontal bar between the two legs, especially, is made of very cheap material.

I still hightly recommend it to P-155 P155 owners. I read somewhere that you don’t have to bolt the piano onto the stand if you need flexibility of being portable or gigging. Just rest the piano on top of the stand will be fine. As for me, I did. Because I don’t have any plan to move it for a while.

The last image is the headphone I have been using with my P-155. A SONY MDR-CD280.

I might use a “1/4 inch jack (male) to RCA (female) adapter” to

connect my P-155 to my JVC mini Hi-Fi for extra bass. I have a “Panasonic Noise Canceling Headphones RP-HC500“. But it is only suitable for noise, unfortunately. Continue reading

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox (hands on)

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Yamaha P155 P-155 Unbox

Larger images in Flickr

Bavas Music City, NSW, Australia today delivered my Yamaha P155 P-155 digtal piano. These are some Unbox photos.

Aus$1799 for the piano; $85 for the USB Midi interface; $50 for the delivery.

The piano stand for P155 is not in stock (funny, when the stand was in stock, the piano was not). But they said they will deliver that with no extra delivery charge separately later.

(Update: The L-140 stand for P-155 is now delivered.)

So I put the piano on top of the iron board as you can see from the photo. I guess I will set the piano “Post Modern” style in my room for a while.

I have now been able to connect the P155 trough Midi to my Mac where the new Pianoteq 3 is located. I am happy to realize that both the P155 and Pianoteq 3 can make sound at the same time, having the volume properly set on both P155 and my Mac (using a Yamaha TSS-15 as its amp and speakers), it really now seems possible to get the most out of both: the P155’s fantastic “Grand Piano 1” and Pianoteq 3’s “C3 Close Mic” and now “C3ls Close Mic” for its Sympathetic String Resonance and nuances of a real piano … Many people who dislike modeled VST are quite humorous saying Pianoteq like “a robot vomiting…” or “sound more like Caribbean Steel Drum”. To a tiny extend, I concur, especially with the Pianoteq demo number – Chopin Waltz Op 70 No 1, that comes with the software.

Well, was trying to get an Ivory, but now maybe this set up is good enough for now or for me. 🙁

Download Youtube video in Mac

Download Youtube in MacFor those Mac users, who still don’t know how to download the Youtube video and view them locally. Here is how:

The video format for Youtube is FLV format. It is Flash Video Streaming format.

a. Download RealPlayer 11 or above. While installing it to your Mac. You will be asked whether you’d like to install ‘Real Download Agent’. Say and select ‘Yes’ to that. After that you will see the icon show in <1>.

b. If you click <1>, you will open <2>. When you watch Youtube video, once the video finish you will see a selection for downloading it in <2> window. Click ‘download’ to download it.

c. The downloaded files are located in a dedicated folder. Click <3> to open that folder. You will be able to play a video file locally with RealPlayer by double clicking it.

d. You can put the youtube video files you normally play inside a RealPlayer playlist, like shown in <4>. You can open <4> by press “command + Y” while you are in RealPlayer.

c. The image shows a list of Piano solos I normally listen. most of them can be found in here

d. While downloading Youtube video, make sure you are downloading the high quality video option. button <5> let you choose the HQ – high quality option. If you don’t see the HQ button, you can try type ‘&fmt=18’ or ‘&fmt=20’ at the end of the website page address in the address bar and reload.

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