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    AvatarBob Smith
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    Hello,

    I’m looking for the piano with the best playability. As much as I love the ambience of many of the VST’s and they are good for film scoring. I can’t really find one which allows for playing a piece like ‘scott joplins entertainer’ or another similar self-contained piano piece as the velocity might be bad on a particular note, or there is just too much imperfections.

    Whilst I like and respect the experimental nature of the VSTS, I would love to know if there is a sampling library which has retained all the nice characteristic of some piano with it’s own story, but allows for quick playing and response. I’ve downloaded a few but which are the best ones for this?

    #1452563
    Marco IannelloMarco Iannello
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    You may want to try Keyscape, it comes with quite a few (tweakable) options

    #1452611
    durabledurable
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    Hi Bob, I’m not really a piano player – but I just went through a listening to a lot of the pianos that I had downloaded and wanted to share ones I think you might want to try out: Broadwood, Church Steinway, English Classic, MVP prototype, Schwechten Grand (darker piano, I really like it’s flavor), S.K.Y. Felt, Spring Piano , Winter Felt, Ye Olde Piano. All of these are straight-forward pianos and have interesting sounds to me.

    If you try some of these I’d love to hear which ones (or others) you feel have the best playability. I’m not a good player, so I’m not a good judge of the playability aspect – so if you’re inclined I’d be interested to hear which ones you feel have best playability.

    thanks,

    #1452621
    durabledurable
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    …I wanted to add The Emporer and King piano as one to try also. Very nice character about it.

    #1452691
    AvatarSynthiemental
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    First things first: you don’t necessarily need another VST for that, what you are looking for is a library that works in a VST like Decent Sampler or Sforzando / Sfizz (or if you have: Kontakt, Falcon or any other commercial sample engine).

    There are plenty of good libraries here on Pianobook and on the web, just try a few and keep the ones you like most. If you want to play intricate solos, you most likely are looking for many velocity layers and round-robins, so that it sounds as realistic as it can get.

    Piano in 162 (huge, almost 5 gb, SFZ):
    https://ivyaudio.com/Piano-in-162

    Salamander Grand Piano by Alexander Holm (SFZ):
    https://sfzinstruments.github.io/pianos/salamander

    Maestro Grand by Mats Helgesson (SFZ):
    https://sfzinstruments.github.io/pianos/maestro_concert_grand_piano

    From the Pianobook library these are some of the ones I liked and kept:

      Baldwin Piano
      Bechstein 1911 Upright
      Bluthner Leipzig
      Broadwood
      Church Steinway
      English Classic
      Headroom Piano
      Grand Studio A
      Rattvik Upright
      Sol’s Piano
      Steinway Grand
      Yamaha U1

    Another option would be physical modelling based piano VSTs, Pianoteq for example

    #1453322
    AvatarChris Neville
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    I would definitely look into Pianoteq, and their modeled pianos. Very playable/tweakable, and more ‘immediate’ than most sampled pianos, if that makes any sense to anyone but me. Also has almost no RAM requirement and I find the CPU load very light too. They don’t always sit in a mix as well as I’d like, but for solo playing, I almost always reach for them first – and because they are modeled, you can make adjustments in a way you cannot with samples.

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