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Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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Don a professional user from USA writes:
This is very inadequate module. For $250., buy a used Micro Piano instead. The pianos are tinny and harsh, and don't speak well at all, the Rhodes pianos are laughable, the Wurlitzer sounds nothing like a real one. Even my TX81Z has a superior Wurli. I will give it a 2 because some of the synth and pad sounds are very nice. B3s are useless. The reverbs are also rather harsh. Just kind of a cold, heartless sounding machine. Oh, and I listened to it through a Roland KB500, and then the monitors at our church which are new EVs, very good sounding, with QSC amps and great mixing console (can't remember the brand). Triggered it with a PC88 and a Korg T1, trying to fing out if I could get it to sound/feel better. Personally would only use this live in an emergency, never for recording.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-08-1998 at 17:44
Henk Goosens a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
Looking for THE pianosound-in-a-box I became interested in the nanopiano. The reviews on this site sometimes contra dict eachother. It does amaze me how people can be so different in their opinion. Of course there is the factor of taste, and the sounds they compare it with (next to a grand piano every electronic version will "suck", I think) but that would explain minor differences, not the extremes I read here. What does make a lot of difference, is the way the unit is amplified. On a small hifi-set the sound will differ significantly from that on a PA. I once rejected a synthesizer after hearing it at a friend's, while falling in love with it when I heard it in a shop a few weeks later.

So I have two bits of advise and one suggestion: first, you should always listen to a unit yourself and never buy something just because a few reviewers say it's okay. Second: try to listen to it on an amplifier like the one you will be using it with: what sounds great on the professional PA in the shop might not be suited for your own amp. Suggestion: we reviewers should mention 'how' we listened to the item, like a description of the amp and speakers we heard it on. There are a lot more factors involved with how we perceive sounds, like even the mood you were in when you listened, but this seems the one having the greatest impact on the resulting sound.

And the nanopiano? Well, I bought it. It sounds very fine on a Boss BX16 mixer, Bell PA2202 amp, LEM SoundPressure satellites and a home-made passive subwoofer with a 12 inch twincoil car speaker in it. When concentrating on the acoustic piano, I think it sounds much better than an EMU Proformance, Kawai GMega, Roland 5000, and slightly better than the piano's in the Yamaha TG500. There is enough variation in the piano- section to satisfy both lovers of bright and darker piano's. The Rhodes-emulation is the best I heard so far, but that does not mean that I find it excellent! Organs are surprisingly nice, due to the Leslie-effect. When using strings the downside of this type of module shows: I wish you could create your own combinations and alterations and store them in the unit itself. I like one of the string-sounds, but it should have a shorter attack. And since I am not planning on carrying my pc on stage, it leaves me without any usefull (for me) strings-patch. Clavi. spinet, vibraphone are ok. I am not interested in the other sounds like leads and effects, so I cannot comment on these.

The sounds are most convincing when used in stereo. The manual makes it seem simply a matter of an extra cable to your amp, but when that amp is monaural, the amp does the somewhat destructive summing up of the left and right signal that the unit itself would do when you use only one output. So, my mono PA is suddenly only half the equipment I need.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-02-1998 at 09:46
Kenny a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The Alesis Nanopiano is an excellent purchase. I bought it to greatly improve the piano sounds on my korg x3 keyboard, for which the nanopiano does a great job. Only complaint is that the nanopiano can only be used for one midi channel at a time, so you can't use more than one of its sounds at the same time.

Basically, all of the sounds are good to excellent quality.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-23-1998 at 18:26
Dallas Chang a part time user from Singapore writes:
It's a real gem! You can never get enough of the piano samples alone! There are

already 16 diferent piano samples in the piano bank!(not to talk about the electric

pianos!) You must try it out man! truely professional!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Simon Beck a part time user from UK writes:
One of the best bits of equipment I know - especially at the price. It makes the Kurzweil Micropiano seem quite inadequate (I nearly bought one).My favourite sounds are Piano 1, Electric Piano 3 ("Suitcase") and Organ 2. My negative thoughts are as follow: When you change sounds, the Effects setting always reverts to 50% instead of the knob position. The manual is very vague about the actual sounds and their associated effects. The Wurlitzer piano sounds are a little too buzzy, and the tremolo setting is much too slow (and can't be adjusted). If you want to use the module in mono, you lose most of the Leslie effect on the organ sounds, because the output is summed and therefore cancels out. You can get round this by plugging a lead into the unused output, but then you get an unbalanced sound from the stereo piano settings.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
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