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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby The Elf » Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:10 am

Was the JP-80 audio any good for you? I have loads of other options if you don't get something you like.
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby blinddrew » Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:08 am

CS70 wrote:I had a look at EZKeys but did not find how to tune it in concert pitch
There's a panel on the RH side:
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CS70 wrote: and the part has a lot of rubato, so the quantization of the creation tool is a pain in the rear side, as you can't disable the snap
::: goes off to look up what 'rubato' is :::

::: surprised to find it isn't a set of children's building blocks :::

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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby desmond » Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:11 am

blinddrew wrote:::: goes off to look up what 'rubato' is :::

Rhubarb gelato...
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby blinddrew » Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:15 am

desmond wrote:
blinddrew wrote:::: goes off to look up what 'rubato' is :::

Rhubarb gelato...
:thumbup: sounds legit.
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby CS70 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:50 pm

blinddrew wrote:::: goes off to look up what 'rubato' is :::

Easy! When your timing sucks and you call it artistic expression! :lol:
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby CS70 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:53 pm

The Elf wrote:Was the JP-80 audio any good for you? I have loads of other options if you don't get something you like.

Was going to PM you - I got a "PM received" notification this morning but it pointed to the first msg you sent yesterday! Some shenigans in the PM system, I guess.

But yes, it was good! I'm taking to the piano playing, reworking some bits and adding an additional part of the coda but I will call for your help again soon. Then I may even dare to turn it up in the mix! :lol:

Totally forgot I had booked one of the cars for the roadwhortyness test today, so no piano playing at the moment and I'm just sipping a coffee at a coffeebar waiting for it to be done. Though life!
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:38 pm

desmond wrote:Plenty of free options over at pianobook.co.uk
How did I miss this? It looks great. Maybe it's because I stopped looking for piano samples when I bought Pianoteq. But this is a fabulous resource nonetheless!
Trevor Johnson wrote:Another Pianoteq fan! I have stuck to the basic, stage version, which is all I need, good value at €129.

Pianoteq is the only piano that sounds like a piano to me, its modelling of polyphony beats any sampled piano by a mile, in my opinion.
Agreed, it's the nearest thing to a real piano experience. Another fan here. I love playing on it, even with headphones. Stage is indeed excellent value. I recently upgraded to the Studio version, it's a lot of fun to play around with the actual structure of the piano!
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby Eddy Deegan » Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:49 pm

CS70 wrote:
blinddrew wrote:::: goes off to look up what 'rubato' is :::

Easy! When your timing sucks and you call it artistic expression! :lol:

I call it 'feel'; it's a nice sounding term that covers tons of things and is easier to spell than most of them ;)
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby CS70 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:20 pm

Gee, if this keeps going on I can almost be convinced that someone likes Pianoteq. :lol:

Funny thing, I've mixed lots of piano and keys but never actually made a piano line before now. It's amazing how it reacts to the slightest differences in volume, just like when plucking a guitar string. Fascinating. Too bad I don't have another life to learn to play it properly.
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby CS70 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:23 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:I call it 'feel'; it's a nice sounding term that covers tons of things and is easier to spell than most of them ;)

One of the advantages of being Italian is that most music is notated in my language and I find it very easy to spell :lol:
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby The Elf » Thu Mar 04, 2021 5:07 pm

Pianoteq - the 'Dances With Wolves' of virtual instruments. ;)
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby desmond » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:56 pm

Tomás Mulcahy wrote:
desmond wrote:Plenty of free options over at pianobook.co.uk

How did I miss this? It looks great. Maybe it's because I stopped looking for piano samples when I bought Pianoteq. But this is a fabulous resource nonetheless!

It's great, and perhaps one of the nicest things here is that a lot of the time these are anything but generic pianos - they are full of personality and uniqueness and quirks, which in many ways makes them more interesting, and more personal.

Plenty of other non-piano stuff too, including some real gems. It's really worth exploring... :thumbup:
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby blinddrew » Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:55 pm

Some interesting looking stuff there, do they all require full Kontakt or are some in VST format? I had a quick look and the ones I randomly selected were all for (presumably full) Kontakt.
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby desmond » Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:03 am

There’s some EXS format stuff, but Kontakt really is the standard for libraries for composers, and the majority is in that format.

However, they have a thing of making the most out of limited samples, so it wouldn’t be too hard to map the raw samples with some other sampler if necessary...
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Re: Any good piano library that doesn't cost a house?

Postby blinddrew » Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:18 am

It might not be hard for you... ;)

I tend to find the spitfire labs stuff and the couple of software synths I have cover all the experimental ground I need really. But from time to time it's nice to have extra things to add to the palette.
My remapping that doesn't stack up for my effort vs reward calculations.
Thank you for confirming though, saves me checking another half dozen options :thumbup:
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