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Realistic sounding piano synth.

Discussion in 'Piano' started by LJ25, May 21, 2009.

  1. LJ25

    LJ25 Active Member

    May 15, 2009
    As the subjects says....has anyone got some good suggestions as to what works well as a realistic sounding piano synth.

    I dont have the funds or space to buy the real thing and really really want one.

  2. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Not "the best" piano synth, but I use a Yamaha Motif rackmount - works great for recording and live gigs and lots of other great patches. Find a controller that you like the feel of.

    I haven't heard it personally, but people are raving (Keyboard Mag for 1) about the new Roland V.

    Piano sounds are very subjective - you should definitely play whatever you intend to purchase and hear side by side comparison if possible.

    I'd also recommend

  3. LJ25

    LJ25 Active Member

    May 15, 2009
    Cheers fella!

    On a bit of a tangent, just spoke to one of my mates who's at Scarbourough uni doing a production degree and he says a load of them there use VST instruments as well. He didnt know much about it though. Don't suppose you know which VST's he was talking about? I tried searching the web & a few mags but cant seemt o find much on them.
  4. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    Feb 13, 2009
    Here's a ton of them. I can't comment on quality, never use them myself.

  5. LJ25

    LJ25 Active Member

    May 15, 2009

    Result. Thanks!
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    A lot of raves about Ivory. Steinberg's "The Grand" sounds pretty good as well. Ok. Not free or cheap but cheaper than the real thing.
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
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    Emulator X3 Platinum 88 isn't bad. I wonder how it compares to Ivory?

  8. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Moderator Resource Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    The Native Instruments Akoustik Piano software is pretty sweet and supports VST, RTAS, DXi, ASIO, etc .

    Some of the online samples are a little long-hair for a hick like me, but they do give you a chance to hear how the different pianos 'breath' between notes.


    There's a Komplete Classics bundle that includes the acoustic pianos, B4 organ, prophet synth, & electric pianos/clav. that can be had pretty cheap. [ like $149 if you don't need the latest/greatest version ]

    The organ alone is worth the price - if you like that sorta thing. - Scary good. Almost too good, no hum, no hiss.
  9. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    I use Native instruments Akoustik Piano for many of my tunes...I'm sure there are even better sampled piano's out there....no doubt Ivory is one of those....but if you want 4 different piano's from classic grand's to upright the Native instruments stuff is very clean, very good sounding and has many settings available within the sample patches like reverb settings and microphone placements that let you customize and tweak any feature of the piano itself which is very cool. It can be used as a standalone instrument or as a VSTi or RTAS....

  10. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    Freebies I use

    Jazz Baby
    DSK Acoustic Piano
    Provo Piana

    I don't recall where I got them

    I generally feed the midi info to both Jazz baby and the DSK model. Pan them a bit and add a little plate reverb and its pretty decent
  11. LJ25

    LJ25 Active Member

    May 15, 2009
    Thats great thanks everyone! Loads that I can be cracking on with.

    Will give you an update on which I like the most and why in due course. Unfortunately im stuck at work for the next 10 days....on a public holiday here too! Pfft. haha :?

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