Best Piano VST


#1

Hey everyone, I’m mainly over at VideoHive but lately I’ve been reading some of the threads here. I’m quite new to this music production field and I have been wondering:

What realistic piano VST do you guys prefer and why?
What’s a good place for a motion graphics designer like myself to learn the core basics of audio production and understanding EQ, basic mixing, etc?

Of course there’s Google but it’s just so overwhelming and I’m mainly interested in digital production. I currently have the XXL version of FruityLoops and Ivory piano VST. I know how to hook up my keyboard, hit record in FL Studio, and render. That’s it. Thanks for all your help and support guys, hopefully you can all help me out a bit with such talented artists in this community!

(I have 9 years of piano experience and I mainly do improvisation, I know a lot of music theory and such so I’m not that noob when it comes to the instrument)


#2

Ivory’s a pretty solid product.

I’m a big fan of Quantum Leap Pianos:

http://www.soundsonline.com/Pianos/

They sound great, are easy to use and are constantly used in major TV and Hollywood productions.

Best,

Ron


#3

I’ll second Quantum Leap Pianos. Best thing ever.

If you haven’t got the resources / funds, then go for Tonehammer Emotional Piano

http://www.tonehammer.com/?p=3575

Cheers,

GC


#4

Thanks guys, I’ll look into EWQL! I currently have their Symphonic Orchestras Gold and love it, so the pianos probably aren’t that bad either (;


#5

Third vote for QL Pianos. Being a classically trained pianist, I’m really picky about my piano samples. QL Pianos is as close as I’ve heard to the real thing. Perhaps even more importantly, it’s a lot of fun to play right out of the box!


#6

Fourth vote here for EWQL Pianos. They are a pain to install (35 Dual-Layer DVDs) but the sound quality of it is amazing. My only complaint really is I wish they had a larger dynamic range right out of the box.

Another downside is that they sound so good that when it comes time to record a track using that Steinway I often find myself 2-3 hours later still playing Chopin with it and not getting any work done, haha.


#7

That is a 1.3gb 24bit piano for free (download). Honestly, that to me sounds better than the pianos I have in the EWQL pianos gold. I made a little demo of it:

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/400778

If you pickup wusikstation v5 (with pre-order for v6) you get the ability to disk-stream very large .sfz files. Which is a no-brainer for the wealth of large free sfz libraries available…

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=304941

&

http://www.wusik.com/ww/purchase


#8

Can’t go wrong with QL Pianos. I have it and it’s amazing. There’s two versions of it. Also, Tonehammers Emotional Piano is nice too. Either one is amazing :slight_smile:


#9

I’m also interested in upgrading to a better piano VST sometime this year. Sounds like there’s a pretty significant consensus on the Quantum Leap pianos.

Just curious - has anybody tried any of the Ivory II pianos? They’re a tad cheaper than East West and it looks like you can buy individual pianos separately. I’m actually more interested in getting an upright sound, though a nice grand would be… grand.

–Joel


#10

Thanks so much everyone for the wonderful support! I settled with the Boesendorfer 290 from the EWQL Pianos (:


#11

You could also try Coakley’s Perfect Piano: http://www.williamcoakley.com/flash.html

give it a listen


#12

Just a heads up - if you have EWQL Pianos make sure that you go to the East West website and install all the latest library updates. I forgot/neglected to do this, but the EWQL Pianos update (there have been 9 small updates since it came out) made it sound so much better.

All of my complaints about the velocity curve/response/dynamic range have pretty much been solved with that update and its definitely worth getting if you don’t have it installed yet.

-BC


#13
bcrutchfield said

Just a heads up - if you have EWQL Pianos make sure that you go to the East West website and install all the latest library updates. I forgot/neglected to do this, but the EWQL Pianos update (there have been 9 small updates since it came out) made it sound so much better.

All of my complaints about the velocity curve/response/dynamic range have pretty much been solved with that update and its definitely worth getting if you don’t have it installed yet.

-BC

Oh? I’ve been ignoring a lot of EWQL updates, thought they were pointless! About how long did it take for you to finish the update?

And thanks Bandesnaci, I shall definitely check it out!


#14

They are really small files. I think it took me a minute or so to download the EWQL Pianos 1.0.9 patch and just a few minutes for it to finish updating.

I can definitely tell you that it wasn’t a pointless update, it made every one of the pianos a lot more natural sounding and comfortable to “play”! :slight_smile:


#15

I’m surprised they don’t have a DVD for each update :wink:


#16

I use CLAVI


#17

In my Ivory - best pianos from the VST!


#18

I’d say Pianoteq 3. This one’s based on physical modeling and I really haven’t heard any other software sound more realistic than this one, and it is not sample based, its all synthetized. Just amazing!


#19

Oh, I read about this miracle:) Sorry, did not have to use:(


#20

pionissimo)