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I’m currently in a cover band and run everything through Ableton on my laptop, and then to the amp. I have a CGP-700 as my main board and an Akai mini mkII as my board for sound fx and switching presets. I also run a cable direct to my keyboard for grand piano, as while it’s fairly limited on features it has a decent piano sound. I’m trying to decide whether or not to upgrade my main board to a nord stage 2 or maybe 3, but struggling to find a good reason to considering I can get all the sounds I need from what I currently have.

While it would be really cool to own a nord stage 3, I’m finding it hard to justify spending $3,700 on something that will only have a few benefits to my actual sound. The only functionality increase will be a better quality organ, EP, and Grand Piano. The other upside is it would be easier to switch between presets, and a lot more reliable than the software if something were to go wrong. While these are nice, it just doesn’t seem worth the money.

I guess I’m asking for a different perspective or past experiences on the topic.

I’m also curious as to thoughts on software vs hardware overall, in the future will everything be run through software or is hardware still going to be relevant?

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You also have sound modules eg Dexibel Vivo SX8 which you could use to provide sounds.

Then there is the Muse Receptor 2U rack unit.

https://gearspace.com/board/electro...roduction/1330718-vst-host-hardware.html

So there are a few more options.


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It's really hard to get latency under control if you got nonlive oriented software running. Your drummer will hate you.

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Originally Posted by Jartang
I’m also curious as to thoughts on software vs hardware overall, in the future will everything be run through software or is hardware still going to be relevant?

hardware: reliability, simplicity, easier/faster lug and set up, continual incremental improvements

software: more choice of higher quality sounds, more flexibility for different performance requirements, reliability possible but. more expensive

even as software options continue to get better and costs continue to come down, both will remain relevant

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I mostly use piano/ep, so I’m fine with the onboard sounds. The less to plug in, the better. For a lot of my jazz/folk gigs, the speakers in the ES920 are fine for monitors, so set-up and breakdown are minimal, and no latency.


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How long have you had your CGP-700? If during that time, you did get your return on investment and more, then i guess it's time for an upgrade!! It's true both software and hardware options will always be relevant and upgrading both will be hard on the budget. So invest in one upgrade at a time, like for hardware:your DP. Then if you see new things you could do with it, whether it be software or hardware, then go for it.

As long as you let your gear pay for itself, your golden!


Hard at work while waiting for my dream DP....

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