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  1. update for me would be $399 now. But I bet on Thanksgiving or in the Spring 2021 it will be 50% off that, and I can certainly wait for that....
  2. Been on Pianoteq for years, it's my go-to piano, and I am a pianist. The others are good, too, but Pianoteq has a slim footprint (physically modeled) and can be customized nicely in a variety of ways (the standard or pro versions are best for customization). Highly recommended.
  3. LOL. Actually, I got on the list another way...(slipped a tip through the door), but I still haven't purchased the piano yet...
  4. However, I got this when entering my email and hitting the submit button:
  5. Will do, didn't get to it today, but tomorrow is likely.
  6. Pianoteq is my go-to. I may give this one a buy, however. I also love OrangeTree Samples Rosewood Grand, a Yamaha emulation that is great. Rarely use anything else, other than the real samples from my Nord Keyboard. But this demo is compelling. I used to sell Steinways. They have the sound down.
  7. I'm not even looking for another piano, but I think I'm gonna get this. Very impressive walkthru video. Sounds wonderful.
  8. Hey when the heck did JRR shop come back online? Also, I upgraded to v5 as soon as it came out, and the update is significant and well worth it, has added features that help enormously, like sibilant reduction, fades on notes/blobs, etc. Although the split note tool seems different now, I think it's just user error not knowing how it's changed. Indispensible tool for me, especially as a producer.
  9. Thanks. I'm fine with either purchasing the best price online or waiting a bit, it's not my main DAW, but some of the newest features might make me use it more. A deal is great, but it's not really something I'll spend too much time or jumping through too many hoops, as I've paid whatever the best price has been at the time (I think I got my last upgrade to 4 from 3 for about $100, which I thought was fair). Thanks. We'll see how it all shakes out, and in the meantime, nothing is carved in stone.
  10. I think the way it works is that Presonus will require the name of the educational institution and your status as a student or teacher, before issuing the license, so it would stand to reason that they could withhold the license or simply charge you the full price to get your license after purchase. This is why I didn't purchase, because I'm not into making shit up, and enrolling in something and then dropping out just seems like too much trouble to save a few bucks. So most likely the best deal is at Best Service (126 bucks) or waiting to see if a sale is announced at some point. On another related topic, is anyone interested in Sphere? Now that I've looked at the details, I don't think it offers that much for me, but I could see others doing it to get the full range of instruments, samples, etc., as well as the cloud storage, "community" and other social/educational features, etc.d Don't think it would be worth it, I have most of the stuff they are offering re: instruments and effects with other vendors (NI, Orange Tree) and it seems like redundancy to me. But interested to know who, if anyone would consider the subscription, since it is a relatively affordable way to pay as you go and not shell out as much up front.
  11. Not to belabor this topic even more, but let me share a story that may help somewhat. My music studio is a modified shed; I purchased the shed "shell" from a local retailer, a very nice lady near where I live in NC. This is a local company, not a conglomerate, although they had a reputable product, and they are, I believe franchisees or independent contractors. She gave me a "military discount," even though I told, when asked that I was not a veteran. But she knew I was a serious customer, I was still spending a lot of money on one of their more costly products, so for her the discount was just sharp business. I never lied about anything to her. Should I have refused the discount, because it would be "fraudulent.?" C'mon! Though I draw the line at obtaining "cracked software" or music FOR FREE. And I would NOT lie and say I'm a teacher or student or make up anything, if asked. In this case, I was at the checkout, and was not asked to verify anything. So really, tell me you wouldn't buy something at half price if given an opportunity? Snagging a good price is smart, and if the vendor is willing to do it, then they sure as heck know how the game is played, and, they are still making money, in fact more money than not getting a customer to buy at all, or to wait until later, when they go on sale, anyway. I promise you this update will be discounted at or close to the "educational" price down the road, and most likely Black Friday or way before there is a new version released. If the company is serious about limiting the discounts, they can always require (as Apple Does) actual proof of their choice, up front-it's up to them, it's not up to us, it's simply doing business the way business is being done. Getting stuff for free, knock-offs, etc.? That hurts people, I won't do it.Bottom line, I have not purchased yet, because for me the real issue was I did not want to either be encouraged to lie (which I would not do) or purchase it, thinking I had somehow been allowed to do it, and then be out the cost because later on the software is uninstallable. To me that would be rather unfair on their part, but it's their product and their company, and as always, buyer beware
  12. Not worried about opinions, they are like...well, you know the rest...everyone has one. But not going to take it without firing back. I agree with you, and thanks for the comments. There was a lot I could have said, but wasn't worth the effort or time, I have music to make... you may visit to see some recent work of mine--ps, I made the videos, too.
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