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RemoHead



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Piano Virtual instrument suggestions?
      #1019934 - 23/11/12 01:32 PM
Hi guys,

I'm looking for a half decent virtual piano instrument for Protools & logic, i'm running a mac pro 2,66 with 8gig of ram & am looking for something that wont cripple the system but still sound realistic. I know logic ships with some included but i've never been overly impressed with them.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Remo

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PianoPerson



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Re: Piano Virtual instrument suggestions? new [Re: RemoHead]
      #1019946 - 23/11/12 02:18 PM
Pianoteq's the way to go, as far as I'm concerned.


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oggyb



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Re: Piano Virtual instrument suggestions? new [Re: RemoHead]
      #1019967 - 23/11/12 04:33 PM
Depends on whether you need a specific sound or a jack of all trades. 8Dio and Soundiron have a sale on right now and you could get either Emotional Piano or 1928 Grand for cheap. Very classy sounding instruments.

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RemoHead



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Re: Piano Virtual instrument suggestions? new [Re: RemoHead]
      #1019975 - 23/11/12 05:53 PM
all 3 of those pianos are exactly what I need! will have to listen to them for a couple of days and pick one!

thanks for the suggestions guys

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dickiefunk



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Re: Piano Virtual instrument suggestions? new [Re: RemoHead]
      #1020065 - 24/11/12 02:51 PM
I own Addictive Keys, Garritan Steinway Pro, PianoTeq 4, Alicia Keys Piano and True Pianos.

My least favorite of these is True Pianos but as for the others, they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

I am finding Addictive Keys very impressive and am really liking the Studio Grand. It's also pretty lite on cpu etc and comes with a stack of fx and presets.

I also really like Alicia Keys and the Garritan Steinway though I think I prefer Addictive Keys Studio Grand in some cases.

If I were to go and buy a piano vsti at the moment with the current offerings, top of my list would be Imperfect Samples Ebony and Walnut concert grands :-

http://www.imperfectsamples.com/website/samples/index.php

These sound stunning!

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PianoPerson



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Re: Piano Virtual instrument suggestions? new [Re: dickiefunk]
      #1020939 - 26/11/12 07:40 PM
I agree that the Imperfect Samples pianos sound very nice. The problem for me is that you need the full version of Kontakt for the Complete and Extreme versions; I can't justify spending that much on a virtual piano.

I also own the Garritan Steinway, which is unfortunately no longer available. It's very good, although I'm not sure it can compete with some of the newest virtual pianos. Transitions between velocity layers aren't always smooth. Sympathetic resonance (i.e. not sustain resonance) on the Garritan is fantastic; far better than Ivory II in this respect.

So far I've found Ivory II to be oddly disappointing. For some reason the sound just doesn't cohere. I also find it a bit thin-sounding compared to Pianoteq 4. And Pianoteq is definitely far more gratifying to play.


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BJG145



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Re: Piano Virtual instrument suggestions? new [Re: PianoPerson]
      #1020957 - 26/11/12 09:33 PM
Quote PianoPerson:

So far I've found Ivory II to be oddly disappointing. For some reason the sound just doesn't cohere. I also find it a bit thin-sounding compared to Pianoteq 4. And Pianoteq is definitely far more gratifying to play.



Last time I compared these two I preferred Ivory by far, but listening again to the latest Pianoteq demos they do sound pretty good. I still think Ivory is high quality though. It's a pretty subjective judgement in ways.


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Re: Piano Virtual instrument suggestions? new [Re: RemoHead]
      #1021032 - 27/11/12 11:49 AM
Pianoteq for me!

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Dave B



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Re: Piano Virtual instrument suggestions? new [Re: RemoHead]
      #1021052 - 27/11/12 12:58 PM
Modartt are about to get my hard earned cash for Pianoteq 4. I was interested in the original version, but it was a bit 'hyperpiano' and artificial. But that was many moons ago and v4 seems to really be a contender for my purposes. The geek in me loves the fact that it's modelled and is light on resources.

I was very interested in Addictive Keys as I am quite a happy user of their Drums software. I'll have to see how I get on with Pianoteq..

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PianoPerson



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Re: Piano Virtual instrument suggestions? new [Re: Dave B]
      #1021054 - 27/11/12 01:03 PM
Good for you! In my experience Pianoteq sounds best in 'Stereophonic' mode -- so with the microphone modelling switched off. I find that the mic modelling can sound a little weird or synthetic; it's hard to describe. See also Robin Bigwood's useful review in SoS.


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