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Hi, on this forum the most recommended piano VSTs seem to be Galaxy Vintage D and then probably Ivory II (most notably their latest output, the American D).
However, since you bring up this demo video from Lance Herring: He is part of the team at VI Labs who recently released a new piano software suite, "True Keys: Pianos". As you can see he recommends to check out True Keys in the comments of the video, and that comment was actually what made me check out True Keys in the first place. Personally, I like True Keys better than the aforementioned established packages, as in my opinion it is a substantial step forward in terms of sampling quality and microphone perspectives. While there is still room for improvement in some areas, it has quickly become my go-to piano library.
Kawai CA95 VI Labs True Keys: Pianos Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D, Italian Grand, Grand Pianos Galaxy Vintage D, The Giant
...I like True Keys better than the aforementioned established packages, as in my opinion it is a substantial step forward in terms of sampling quality and microphone perspectives. While there is still room for improvement in some areas, it has quickly become my go-to piano library.
Vintage D is the most often recommended because it's one of the best and because it's one of the cheapest and because it is one of the few that doesn't require the additional purchase of an ilok or some similar copy-protection device.
Ivory is probably the biggest name around. Also PianoTeq is a big player in terms of number of people who own it. Actually I suspect it is probably the most popular. Very polarizing, though.
None of these facts really answer the question of which is the BEST. There are several other libraries that are very high quality and to me they are kind of in an equivalence class. Usually libraries that are good but less well-known are more expensive, other times they are just less well vetted by the community.
At the end of the day there really isn't a unique best software piano any more than there is a best acoustic piano. Each represents a different instrument and/or has different features/strengths. Most people who use software pianos go back and forth between several. That non exclusivity is one of the beauties of software pianos.
If you are looking for other names to think about or try, take a look at some of imperfect samples' offerings.
Loc: Manchester, UK
Thanks for your answers guys. Just to clarify, I didn't ask for what was the single best option. I just wanted to know what the big names are at the moment. I haven't looked into this stuff for a few years now.