BDMO is deep and tasty
This baby cost time and money to work well: software, Macbook, Duet, quality stereo PA, the 'right' midi kybd, and lots of time twiddling and fiddling. But what I get is a piano that has more richness of tone and playing depth than my 7ft Baldwin SF at home. - Software: using the much-improved rev. 1.1.- Macbook, with 4G RAM: get ready to deal with all kinds of typical compatibility and efficiency issues. With this setup BDMO works fine when launched from Apple Logic.- I picked the Duet A/D. Beta58A in, piano and vocal out.- If you want to play a concert with BDMO, you need a stereo PA and stereo monitor system. Mono loses lots of mid-range and isn't worth setting up.- I have three MIDI keyboards: K2500, Casio PX and Studiologic Organ. Believe it or not, the Casio works best because it has the stiffest response. - Customer support: SUPERB! I bought BDMO just as Apple was switching to Leopard. FUBAR. But, Dan Dean and Ernest Cholakis at PAV and engineers at Native-Instruments worked hard to make it right. - Sound. Did I use the word 'delicious'? The BDMO has an extremely large dynamic range and timbral range which means that you can get really nice shadings of tone within chords and single-line melodies. But it also makes the keyboard choice, velocity curve and BDMO settings critical since a key pressed harder will not only sound louder but will have a different timbre, (not just an opened filter as on typical stage pianos). This will take considerable time and patience to get right. Hint: the 'keyboard scaling' feature is very helpful. For my latest recording, where I wanted an even-volume but expressive piano, I used the 45 (highly compressed) setting. For concerts I use 65. It would take a much better MIDI keyboard to use less compressed settings.- What's missing for me: ease of use in the BDMO settings. (There are hundreds of choices for piano timbre, reverb and sustain, but few descriptions to help choose.) No soft pedal. I don't use sostenuto, but in accompanying a singer its handy.