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Gig piano/organ VSTs in a custom box?

PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 7:47 am
by blueknob
I'm looking for a new keyboard to gig with, something that does nice Hammond/pianos/rhodes all the usual real instruments. I've seen the Nord 5D which on first look seems good, then I have a think about the organ, it has just the one version of the B3. From discussion I know B3/C3 differ from year to year so I asked Nord if it was possible to change organ model (not Farfisa or Vox) just the Hammond model. They say no.

Then I saw the Crumar Mojo, wow does that sound GOOD! Then I read it does have many Hammond models so I could select the year and model type! Impressive! Then I see Crumar also offer a really nice Rhodes keyboard, sounds excellent!

Then I read more... I wonder how many of these are virtual VST instruments in a dedicated box. So then what stops me from getting a computer packaged for gig use and use VSTs of the instruments I want? Does this already exist?

I have a suspician these Rhodes are just MrRay73 anyway. What are people doing?

Re: Gig piano/organ VSTs in a custom box?

PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 8:45 am
by Ashe37
Most of those are a combination of CPU and DSP. Pretty low-grade CPUs, too.

Alas, both SM Pro Audio and Muse Research are no longer selling their 'run a VST' boxes.

Re: Gig piano/organ VSTs in a custom box?

PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:23 am
by gmeredith
SM Pro V machine still can be bought:

http://www.smproaudio.com/index.php/en/ ... /v-machine

They're not being manufactured any more but they are still available until all sold. You can buy them in various shops still:

https://www.storedj.com.au/sm-pro-audio ... -in-player

Here is an unofficial support page:

http://bahmi.com/vmachine

KVR has a huge thread on them with lots of useful info:

https://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=227030


I have 3 v-machines. They are my total live equipment setup. I use it as a drum module, synth and bass module and anything else. I have a MIDI sequencer that drives it plus 2 USB/MIDI controllers and it does the whole lot with 1 V-machine. They are underpowered if you run heavy load VST's but if you choose carefully what you run on it, they are fantastic. It replaced a whole 12U rack of synth and sampler modules in my band. As far as I'm concerned, it's the bee's knees!

Re: Gig piano/organ VSTs in a custom box?

PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:51 am
by Ashe37
I have a V-Machine that I should probably sell.