Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2024840 - 01/31/13 06:38 PM MrRay and family, which VST host
torhu Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 183
If I want to try to software instruments that are VST plugins, what software should I use to if I want something simple, free, user-friendly, and resource-friendly, etc.

I'm not interested in a using a DAW for anything whatsoever, I just want to play software instruments, and they often come in the form of VST plugins.

Maybe the answer is (as it often is in the world of software) "all the free options suck". But I have no idea (yet).
_________________________
Roland RD-700NX // Galaxy Vintage D

Top
(ads) Sweetwater / Roland
Special Financing on Digital Keyboards

Click Here


#2024843 - 01/31/13 06:54 PM Re: MrRay and family, which VST host [Re: torhu]
HisKidd Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/31/11
Posts: 198
Loc: AL/USA
Originally Posted By: torhu
If I want to try to software instruments that are VST plugins, what software should I use to if I want something simple, free, user-friendly, and resource-friendly, etc.

I'm not interested in a using a DAW for anything whatsoever, I just want to play software instruments, and they often come in the form of VST plugins.

Maybe the answer is (as it often is in the world of software) "all the free options suck". But I have no idea (yet).


torhu...
You can get a free trial copy of Pianoteq at the link below. It has it's own operational platform, and requires nothing more than your computer or laptop. You will need to restart it every 20 minutes; and 3 or 4 notes are not playable (black keys only)... but this will allow you to have some fun with midi sounds that are modeled for all 127 velocities. I understand that you want something for free. The quality of sound you may desire will likely be found in one of several major VST brands, such as Ivory; Pianoteq; Galaxy Vintage D; and Native Instruments, Alicia's Keys. It's all a matter of your personal taste!

You may very well enjoy this little experiment with Pianoteq well enough to look at a purchase. You can get the base setup for about $139.00, and it will allow you to play without a lot of advanced tweaks. Of the four mentioned above, Native Instrument's Alicia's Keys, is probably the cheapest way to go. Cost for AK is about $100 (US).
Link:
Pianoteq, Trial Version
Regards! cool
H.K.
_________________________
Keyboards are the best therapy I know of...
______________________________________________
Kawai MP6 stage piano
DCM CX-17 Monitors
Sennheiser HD 205, DJ series, headset

Top
#2024846 - 01/31/13 06:57 PM Re: MrRay and family, which VST host [Re: HisKidd]
torhu Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 183
I wanted to ask about a free VST *host*, I should have made that clearer. I do use Vintage D already.
_________________________
Roland RD-700NX // Galaxy Vintage D

Top
#2024855 - 01/31/13 07:12 PM Re: MrRay and family, which VST host [Re: torhu]
Kawai James Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9367
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
'Cantabile' and 'VST Host' are both lightweight, freeware VST host programmes that should offer the functionality you're looking for.

Cheers,
James
x
_________________________
Employed by Kawai Japan, however the opinions I express are my own.
Nord Electro 3 fan & occasional rare groove player.

"Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990." - EssBrace, 2014

Top
#2024856 - 01/31/13 07:12 PM Re: MrRay and family, which VST host [Re: torhu]
chicolom Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/26/12
Posts: 69
http://www.hermannseib.com/english/savihost.htm

http://www.hermannseib.com/english/vsthost.htm

Not the prettiest interface, but they work.

I know you said no DAW, but it would probably be just about as easy to point a simple DAW at the VSTs and load them that way too.
_________________________
Kawai MP6 | Ravenscroft 275 | True Keys American & Italian | Galaxy Vintage D, II, & Giant | Old Black Grand | Imperfect Fazioli

Top
#2024858 - 01/31/13 07:14 PM Re: MrRay and family, which VST host [Re: torhu]
kiedysktos. Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/02/08
Posts: 425
Loc: Europe, Poland
I use Mulab, it's very nice and allows you to add some effects to VST instrument if you want to (some EQ, filter or reverb).
_________________________
Roland FP-4

Top
#2024861 - 01/31/13 07:34 PM Re: MrRay and family, which VST host [Re: torhu]
MacMacMac Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 3836
Loc: North Carolina
I use MiniHost and asHost. Both are free. Each has features lacking in the other. Take your pick.

Top
#2024863 - 01/31/13 07:36 PM Re: MrRay and family, which VST host [Re: torhu]
HisKidd Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/31/11
Posts: 198
Loc: AL/USA
My apologies, torhu...
I see that others have offered several good alternatives!
Regards!
H.K. cool
_________________________
Keyboards are the best therapy I know of...
______________________________________________
Kawai MP6 stage piano
DCM CX-17 Monitors
Sennheiser HD 205, DJ series, headset

Top
#2025196 - 02/01/13 10:23 AM Re: MrRay and family, which VST host [Re: HisKidd]
torhu Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 183
Thanks, I'll see what I end up with.
_________________________
Roland RD-700NX // Galaxy Vintage D

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
8 Live Ragtime Piano Players on the Cape!
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Yamaha UX vs WX
by goldmund
8 minutes 11 seconds ago
Need help with chords
by Shirz
Today at 07:52 AM
Which are the best forums for piano technicians and DIYers?
by Withindale
Today at 03:17 AM
Prelude
by noobpianist90
Today at 01:55 AM
Red Striped Screws and Fancy Nuts
by chernobieff
Yesterday at 11:57 PM
Who's Online
123 registered (36251, ando, anamnesis, 34 invisible), 1422 Guests and 12 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
76651 Members
42 Forums
158488 Topics
2327510 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission