Maybe the difference is, I don't post about something unless I do feel right?
Is there any POINT posting if you aren't?
I know you are CONVINCED about your point... You want to explain the difference, Dennis?
I don't know about the VA76... missed that whole generation. Variphrase always felt like a gimmick, of little use for the live, gigging player (too long to load), not enough like a sample, not enough like a loop player, some half assed version of both.
I simply believe that first and foremost, an arranger is a LIVE tool. OK, you CAN use it in the studio, but that's not what it is styled or voiced for. Playing live is it's main reason. Instability is OUT. Sorry about the wave sync thing, I'm just lumping this together with the Audya as products that aren't ready to gig when you buy them. The MS has been out how long? And it has still stability issues?
Anyone who uses computers to power VSTi's knows about the issue of CPU overload, stability issues and the like. So a 'live' product must go out of it's way IF it is based on a CPU/PC architecture. Sure, that adds some considerable benefits, but the other side of the coin is the dynamic nature of CPU load when triggering VSTi's. Plus the CPU is running the entire arranger/live loop/audio file playback...
Closed systems have their drawbacks. But stability is not one of them. If it says it will play 128 voices, it will play 128 voices. No matter WHAT else you are doing. Perfect for live play. In the studio, you can afford to bring your computer to its' knees. Simply render one or two VSTi's and the problem goes away. An ALL live, ALL VSTi system has none of those protections. It HAS to play those voices. No matter WHAT.
Answer me this, Dennis. Are you pushing your MS hard? Running multiple VSTi's all at the same time? Demanding ones like Pianoteq3, etc.? Until you bump the ceiling, how do you know?
You know, I might NOT be right all the time. But I AM willing to talk about issues like this, from a perspective of having used PC/CPU based instruments since they basically were first invented. Is my opinion invalid since I don't own an MS? I own a bunch of VSTi's... that doesn't count?
Anyway, back OT... what do YOU think of those videos, Dennis? Would you buy an arranger based on those? Oh, my bad... you already DID.
But answer me this... Do they make a compelling argument to buy an MS to the non-MS owner?