Julian Doe’s Reviews
Awesome piano with interesting GUI
As for the other "seasonal" recording of this Schimmel, the sound remains inspiring and perfectly recorded. This version is slightly more rounded and works well with solo playing. A wide range of controls allows full customization of the sound of the piano. The tape sound is really good. High quality and great dynamic range in a package that uses slightly more than 4GB of memory.
Nicely recorded piano
A warm piano, recorded very well, with a nice ambiance. It has a useful release trigger volume control on the GUI. A lightly bump in the midrange makes this piano suitable for solo work and layering.
An instrument with true personality
A nice sampled instrument with character. More suited for solo works with other instruments. It bonds well with the LAB Amplified Cello Quartet The recording is not excellent but suits the purpose and delivers what promises. Overall well-balanced sound and nice dynamic range
A bright electric piano
This is a well-recorded bright electric piano. The major difference I've found with the typical Rhodes piano sound is that this one manages to remain bright without the "bells" sound. The lows are not weak but they remain focused on the mid-range. More suited as an accompaniment than solo works. Highly recommended.
Standard upright sound
The piano is a good choice for a standard upright with less fidelity, and a warmer sound with a natural ambiance. It's well recorded, and it can suits you well if you're looking for this typology of sound.
A piano with personality
This piano is very different from the standard pianos with a very unique sound and three microphones preset that allow you to fully customize the sound. Evry mic combination is capable to underline different characteristics of the piano. The overall sound is magnifically recorded, capturing every single detail, ambience and tuning. It's superbly balanced, with a gentle mid-range slope that makes the piano sits nicely in the mix.
This piano has a very characteristic and untuned piano. I've found it difficult to play due maybe to a different sample start between samples. The instrument has a lot of small issues but on the other side, there's to consider that it can be part of the charm so, "fixing" those imperfections could be a disservice to the character of the piano. Maybe a more detailed recording and adding a non-felted one would have enhanced the lack of tuning, providing the user the ability to blend the two signals and customize the sound.
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.
Perfect piano for layering.
I remember to have watched a video or read an interview in which the composer was explaining that his piano sound was the combination of two pianos, one very warm and the other brighter. If you're looking to use this approach, this piano works very well for that purpose. Another way this piano can be useful is to create organic low-end support to a high-end pad or string machines like a Solina or a Mellotron. Otherwise, the sound of the piano is too dull for my taste, and honestly, I prefer to use felted piano to have that kind of sounds.
Great for epic low chords
The piano is very well recorded but, my favorite part of it is the low-end. The high end sounds good but, for my taste, it's a little bit generic. The lows, instead, work perfectly with big lush reverbs and delays, long sustained chords, or octaves. Personally, I like to correct the sound, after the reverb, with a transient designer and then apply some tube or tape saturation.
Truly inspirational piano
This is one of the first pianos that I've downloaded from the piano book and since then it's been an unmovable part of my template. A lot of character, great dynamics, well-defined low end, and warm highs. All recorded with the right amount of ambient that makes the piano works perfectly with every kind of reverb. Less than 14 Mb of memory usage makes this piano perfect for very old laptops like mine.
Rich low end and mellow high
This is a very good upright piano, with a lot of character and a very nice room reverb. The sound of the low end is well-defined, and the mid-highs have a kind of "roll-off" sound that makes them mellow without sound muddy. I've found it very good for sketching or layering with other instruments.