Best piano vst

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Jafo
KVRAF
1932 posts since 20 Dec, 2002 from The Benighted States of Trumpistan

Post Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:13 am

mahbubr wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:21 am
Amore grand piano from precisionsound for kontakt. It's free!
Yeah, it does piano well. Alas, Amore has only a single velocity layer, so you're out of luck if you want to do ppp, pp, mp, mf, f, ff, fff... When you hit a key on a piano, it responds to your playing and produces different sounds; Amore doesn't.
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Vlad77
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2 posts since 3 Jan, 2019

Re: Best piano vst

Post Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:27 pm

After reading this thread I bought the Key Suite Acoustic. I primarily use Galaxy Vintage D piano sounds but decided to give this a try after all of the great reviews.

Kongru
KVRian
802 posts since 23 Feb, 2017

Re: Best piano vst

Post Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:29 pm

Keysuite Acoustic is great!
Signatures are so early 2000s.

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telecode
KVRAF
1521 posts since 24 Mar, 2015 from Toronto, Canada

Re: Best piano vst

Post Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:46 pm

I personally like and use NI's Alicia's Keys the most. I think it sounds great. I also have Addictive Keys by XLN Audio and it's pretty good.

If you can manage to get a copy of SampleTank3 (not SampleTank 4!) -- it has a really decent sounding sampled grand piano VST at the very decently low price of free.

Whatever you do, stay away from Arturia's Piano V. That is a nasty system hog (on my system at least -- especially when you have the effects and reverb enabled!). Compared to NI's series of Piano's VST -- it uses much more resources than anything else I have :-(

AKJ
KVRAF
1762 posts since 2 Mar, 2004

Re: Best piano vst

Post Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:08 am

judging from the demos keysuite acoustic sounds great and the scope and value for money seem incredible. However, I do not like iLok(-only) protection. What is more, I got an UVI grand piano with my arturia keylab88 and do not know if that one is identical to what is included in keysuite. However, I was not that much impressed with it (compared the the galaxy piano products).

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JO512
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55 posts since 9 Nov, 2018 from Colorado

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:33 am

I really want to love Pianoteq. I am a big fan of the idea of physical modeling. No noise, for one thing. And lots of modifications are possible! But there is just something off about the way it sounds. Not quite realistic. A little underwater. The attack is a little strange. I do like the sustained sound of the low registers on the Grotrian. I almost pulled the trigger on Pianoteq Pro. But then I ran some classical MIDI files through my DAW (it plays the piano much better than I do!) comparing Pianoteq with a couple of sampled pianos, and the oddness of Pianoteq's sound became highly apparent. All the sampled pianos just had so much more sparkle and richness, even Addictive Keys, which I got free with my audio interface. I tried saturating the top-end of Pianoteq, and that helped a little...

For the moment, I am happier with The Grandeur and The Gentleman.

I haven't tried Ravenscroft, Ivory II, Garritan, Hammersmith, and so on, all of which seem great.

Kalamata Kid
KVRAF
4139 posts since 27 Jul, 2001 from Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:42 am

Any small improvement in Pianoteq 7 and I will be a buyer.
23" 10-touch Monitor and iPad Air as Midi Controllers, iConnectMIDI2+, Windows Pro 10-64bit, i9-9900k, 32 GB RAM.

Kalamata Kid
KVRAF
4139 posts since 27 Jul, 2001 from Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:49 am

Last week got the Plastic Ghost piano on sale
http://dulcitone1884.virb.com/plastic-ghost-piano

Hope to get it to blend in with the Felt Piano.
https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/felt-piano/
I have the Free Soft (felt) Piano
https://www.spitfireaudio.com/labs/
23" 10-touch Monitor and iPad Air as Midi Controllers, iConnectMIDI2+, Windows Pro 10-64bit, i9-9900k, 32 GB RAM.

enCiphered
KVRian
687 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:55 am

Kalamata Kid wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:42 am
Any small improvement in Pianoteq 7 and I will be a buyer.
Any small improvement? Do you find version 6 is that bad?

BERFAB
KVRAF
6184 posts since 25 Mar, 2004

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:17 am

telecode wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:46 pm

If you can manage to get a copy of SampleTank3 (not SampleTank 4!) -- it has a really decent sounding sampled grand piano VST at the very decently low price of free.
What is the patch name of the piano you are referring to, please?

Cheers
-B
Berfab
So many plugins, so little time...

Kalamata Kid
KVRAF
4139 posts since 27 Jul, 2001 from Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:18 pm

enCiphered wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:55 am
Kalamata Kid wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:42 am
Any small improvement in Pianoteq 7 and I will be a buyer.
Any small improvement? Do you find version 6 is that bad?
In my opinion Pianoteq 6 is almost there.
Any small improvement will make it worth buying.
23" 10-touch Monitor and iPad Air as Midi Controllers, iConnectMIDI2+, Windows Pro 10-64bit, i9-9900k, 32 GB RAM.

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an-electric-heart
KVRAF
1992 posts since 13 Jun, 2008 from Napier,New Zealand

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:07 pm

Last time I looked for pianos I remember having a hard time finding pianos that are a bit more modest, everybody just does Steinways, I want just a normal upright, the kind a normal person would have in their home, not beat-up or out of tune, just a modest upright piano. I know N.I have a couple of uprights, but they're pretty character-ish.

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telecode
KVRAF
1521 posts since 24 Mar, 2015 from Toronto, Canada

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:17 pm

BERFAB wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:17 am
telecode wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:46 pm

If you can manage to get a copy of SampleTank3 (not SampleTank 4!) -- it has a really decent sounding sampled grand piano VST at the very decently low price of free.
What is the patch name of the piano you are referring to, please?

Cheers
-B
It's just one instrument. The icon says it's a sample of a German grand piano. I'll send a screenshot.

enCiphered
KVRian
687 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:20 pm

Kalamata Kid wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:18 pm
enCiphered wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:55 am
Kalamata Kid wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:42 am
Any small improvement in Pianoteq 7 and I will be a buyer.
Any small improvement? Do you find version 6 is that bad?
In my opinion Pianoteq 6 is almost there.
Any small improvement will make it worth buying.
Sorry but you couldn´t be more wrong. You are of course entitled to your opinion and every person has their own way of looking at things. I respect that and thats a good thing :). It´s just that version 6 is really worth every single cent.
I remember a lot of your posts on different other subforums because I´m a huge fan of creative tools myself and I realized that you often post that you will buy something in the future. You post links to all kind of tools that you want etc..
It seems that you are always waiting for something perfect and unfortunately miss to just make music with what is already on the market.
Or you just don´t know what you want exactly.
Pianoteq has tons of awards for being among the best software instruments available for years and there are hundreds and thousands of professional piano players and producers making millions with selling their music created with Pianoteq 5 and 6 modelled pianos and of course even previous versions.
If you are not able to make good use of the momentary version you won´t be able to do so with future ones, believe me.
Don´t search for perfection. This is a bad thing that just distracts you from doing what you want to do.
I don´t want to tell you what to do of course, just to help if I can :tu:

Kalamata Kid
KVRAF
4139 posts since 27 Jul, 2001 from Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA

Re: Best piano vst

Post Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:21 pm

I have so/too many interesting and great sounding toys that now I have the luxury of time to wait not only for Pianoteq 7 but for other plugins to update and then wait a bit more for when there is a good discount sale before I commit my fund$. :)
23" 10-touch Monitor and iPad Air as Midi Controllers, iConnectMIDI2+, Windows Pro 10-64bit, i9-9900k, 32 GB RAM.

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