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LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:03:51 PM »
I'm looking for a cheap - or preferably free - VST (or multi-sample pack, or soundfont) that mimmicks a grand piano. Something that sounds as real as possible would be nice.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 08:43:44 PM »
I second that notion. I'd pretty much given up on the idea of a cheap or free one. Should've thought to ask here.
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 10:24:54 PM »
I could get the name from a friend but expect to spend East/West strings kind of money on it. Or I can give you personal pointers on how to make a cheap or old one sound better in a mix.

Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 12:26:32 AM »
I'm actually going over to a friend's house in a couple of weeks to grab a massive load of high quality samples from his baby grand. I'll upload them all and post them here when I do.
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 12:57:54 AM »
'Piano One' is the best I've found. Sound's really nice, and it's pretty good for CPU too.

Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 02:23:53 AM »
'Piano One' is the best I've found. Sound's really nice, and it's pretty good for CPU too.


CPU is decidedly NOT a factor. I'll check it out, thanks!
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 03:24:53 AM »
CPU is decidedly NOT a factor. I'll check it out, thanks!


Oh? In that case I'd recommend CVPiano. It's a freaking hog for me, but it's got a better velocity range, and is more tweakable. The texture is different though, I'd try them both if I were you c:

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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 07:07:18 AM »
The lightest one I have is 4Front piano, though you might need to adjust the sounds through EQs, because it has no controls (sad). :(

For piano, I use the Yamaha preset in Cubase 5, or sometimes, the presets in Reason (ReWired in FL Studio). But for me, the Cubase piano is the best, so I suggest you install Cubase (it's got a wide range of awesome and pro-sounding instruments).

I simply export the piano to an audio file for mixing in FL.

This is probably because all of the piano VST's I've tried in the past are:
1. Disk Space-consuming
2. Not free
3. Heavy on CPU
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 07:31:46 AM »
For piano, I use the Yamaha preset in Cubase 5, or sometimes, the presets in Reason (ReWired in FL Studio). But for me, the Cubase piano is the best, so I suggest you install Cubase (it's got a wide range of awesome and pro-sounding instruments).

I have Cubase 2.0 for the Atari ST, will that work?   (~_^)

For me disk-space and CPU usage aren't an issue. I'm just looking for free/cheap.
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2013, 10:11:49 AM »
For piano, I use the Yamaha preset in Cubase 5, or sometimes, the presets in Reason (ReWired in FL Studio). But for me, the Cubase piano is the best, so I suggest you install Cubase (it's got a wide range of awesome and pro-sounding instruments).

I have Cubase 2.0 for the Atari ST, will that work?   (~_^)

For me disk-space and CPU usage aren't an issue. I'm just looking for free/cheap.

Actually, what I'm suggesting is the built-in Cubase piano presets. Your Cubase 2.0 probably has that too. But for VSTs, so far I only have 4Front piano which is completely free.
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2013, 06:04:35 PM »
http://bedroomproducersblog.com/2010/07/01/free-sample-shootout-3-acoustic-electric-and-toy-pianos/ There's a link here to the University of Iowa's recording of a Steinway Piano in AIFF , and a convenient SFz file that maps them all out. If, by some chance, anyone needs something to handle SFZ files, Beat Black Mamba ( http://www.kvraudio.com/product/beat-black-mamba-by-beat ) is pretty great.
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2013, 08:38:29 AM »
I tend to use CVPiano a lot, it's a really great, high-quality, and free piano VST and personally it gives me more than enough flexibility to get some great sounds.
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2013, 10:28:13 PM »
For piano, I use the Yamaha preset in Cubase 5, or sometimes, the presets in Reason (ReWired in FL Studio). But for me, the Cubase piano is the best, so I suggest you install Cubase (it's got a wide range of awesome and pro-sounding instruments).

I have Cubase 2.0 for the Atari ST, will that work?   (~_^)

For me disk-space and CPU usage aren't an issue. I'm just looking for free/cheap.

Actually, what I'm suggesting is the built-in Cubase piano presets. Your Cubase 2.0 probably has that too. But for VSTs, so far I only have 4Front piano which is completely free.

I was joking. Cubase for the Atari ST certainly did not have that capability.
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Re: LF Recommendations for a good grand piano VST.
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2013, 03:39:38 PM »
Actually, what I'm suggesting is the built-in Cubase piano presets. Your Cubase 2.0 probably has that too. But for VSTs, so far I only have 4Front piano which is completely free.

I was joking. Cubase for the Atari ST certainly did not have that capability.

Oh, sorry. Just go and check out these guys' suggestions then.
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