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by musicworld; Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:50 pm
I'm writing a solo piano album and I'm looking for a quality piano plugin. I know there's a few on the market. Ivory, Garritan Steinway, Pianoteq etc. But EastWests Quantum Leap Pianos seems to be the one everyones talking about. I know it's all down to personal choice, but could anyone share their experiances with any of the above VSTs?
by Xenobt; Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:16 pm
Of course, a freshly tuned 9' grand, two vintage neumann km84's over the hammers and a u47 on the harp hitting api 512 mic preamps and a nice piano booth didn't hurt either!
Of course, if budget is an issue and you're trying to work at home, spend the money on a good weighted controller, and check out some virtual piano shootouts at places like Keyboard or Electronic Musician. They have them every few years, and they're very helpful in narrowing down your choices.
I have a Fatar/StudioLogic sl 990-xp, 88 notes with the full keystrike action, and it's made WORLDS of difference in the feel of even our lowest cost virtual pianos.
A good convolution reverb can also help you get a more performance/concert hall sound once you choose your piano. Many here love Altiverb, and I'm one of them. For a "you are there" vibe, there's lots cheaper, but few better!
And as for your original question, I love the Garritan Steinway for solo piano!
by Kalee; Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:25 pm
I happened to check a net show called Pensados place, where Alicia Keys' engineer said that one of her albums didn't have acoustic piano recorded at all, but all played with Alicia Keys piano plugin. Reasoned that it was more difficult to get a good piano with correct type of strings and hammers and what not, to get the correct sound.
by EvilDragon; Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:08 am
by EvilDragon; Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:59 am
by flugel45; Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:30 pm
It would help if you mentioned what type of music you're doing (solo piano could be honky-tonk, John Cage or anything in between). Also, what is your idea of the perfect piano sound? (This would narrow the list down pretty quickly).
And since a new piano lib came up in a recent thread -- and I think this one sounds just lovely -- I'll throw the link out there:
http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic ... sc&start=0
by musicdoc; Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:31 am
One that I like is the old lady in the sampletekk collection. Nice sound while being relatively lite on the recources.
by Doug1978; Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:23 am
I've just bought it, it's brilliant, here's the specs: