Hey AJ! Congrats on your playing skills!
The Audya is one intriguing beast for sure. Also with all the style parts playing the audio midi sound discrepancy in the style isn't as bad as I had anticipated especially when comparing them to that isolated demo posted by mrdave.
I think the Audya has a lot of potential plus Ketron can count on at least one U.S. sale in the way of DonM.
I need another high-end arranger somewhere down the line too and the Audya could possibly be it. I will need to hear the upcoming reports from other Audya owners before I decide for sure though. $5,000 bucks is a lot of money to throw around, if you know what I mean.
Before I throw it around on an Audya I will need to be 100% convinced it's worth its salt, or better yet, its weight in gold. Which may take quite some doing really, although not impossible mind you. Remember the Korg OASYS? - which has been discontinued by the way). Korg wanted $8,000 for the 76 key version, so I suppose $5,000 for the Audya is, theoretically, within reason. Depending again on how cutting edge the sounds and features really are. If the Audya gets high marks from users around the world then Ketron could have a hot ticket item on its hands. Which would be splendid indeed, since I have no qualms with Ketron as a company per se. I just have a few qualms with them from a business and customer/consumer support standpoint. In other words, they don't answer a lot of questions to a satisfactory degree in my opinion.
In other words, they pick and choose what to answer and by doing it that way they are (intentionally??) leaving out precious parts of the over all puzzle of what the Audya really is or entails. At least in its entirety anyway. Getting the answers or knowledge after
the fact, could prove disheartening for the Audya owner in my opinion. Which could possibly then trickle back to Ketron in the way of dissatisfied customer complaints. Which could then harm Ketron's respectability in the eyes of the music world and keyboardists in particular.
Sorry for directing some of my pent up (but well intentioned
) anger at you regarding the Audya. I know you are not to blame when questions regarding the Audya haven't been answered but Ketron (Italy) is over 6,000 miles away and you just happen to be only 3,000 miles away and you also frequent this forum (unlike Ketron Italy apparently).
Anyway, a job well done AJ. Thanks for the demos.
All the best,