I sampled the Steinway Grand at Mediatech Institute in Dallas, TX using a blend of Coles 4038’s, U47 clones and KM 84’s recorded through an SSL console.
I taught a music production class at Mediatech for close to 5 years. I spent most of my free moments at this piano. I focused on trying to make the sound as tight and warm as possible. The microphones were placed close to the soundboard and more attention was paid to the quieter velocity samples.
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My go-to Grand Piano
This instrument encapsulates everything I love about a warm Grand Piano sound. When I play this Steinway Grand, I feel I'm a better pianist than I really am. Great work Jon!
A little weak in dynamics?
I am a piano composer, so I am a huge fan of piano. This instrument is I think a little weak in dynamics, and is little appealing in character compared to his other libraries. However, I think it is suitable for people who is looking for a soft dynamic layered piano.
It's a shame this is a Steinway
I don't want to be mean, but there are way too many noise issues with the samples of this instrument. For example, the middle C at a mid-velocity has a very harsh noise-rattle, which renders it unplayable in most cases. Sadly this issue happens in many other keys as well. As for the GUI, well, there's nothing there, and the photo of a Steinway doesn't go well with bad graphics... Sorry! It's nice to see that other people are enjoying it though. That's the true purpose, right?
A little quiet for me...
I love the sound, it’s really lovely, a comforting tone has been captured here, however, I’m using the decent sampler version and it’s noticeably quieter by default than other instruments, I find I have to up the volume by +6db before I can here the delicate velocity layers. Apart from that, amazing, thanks John.
I find myself constantly returning to this piano. The sound is so inviting, it feels like sitting down with an old friend. Almost every time I load it up I get an idea for a new piece. That's exactly what I want in a in sample. Bravo
My go-to grand piano
This is a five-star piano! I really like the character of this piano, the great sound recording, and the overall well-balanced sound. Since it was released this piano has been part of my template. It's also light on CPU and it's very recommended if you're composing on an old laptop like mine.
Still one of my favourite piano libraries. It sounds awesome and has inspired me to compose many tracks. I wish there were controls on the UI, but just for the sound alone it's definitely worth a download. Brilliant job!
If you need a beautifully recorded steinway....
Jon gave a real gift to us with this one. It sounds clean but not too clean. Just the right amount of charachter and playability. This is a fun library to write some traditional piano parts with.