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!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
Ad (Piano Sing)
How to Make Your Piano Sing
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
110 registered (Anita Potter, accordeur, anamnesis, 35 invisible), 1477 Guests and 26 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
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 & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* 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
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#2086078 - 05/21/13 01:33 AM Looking for the best samples.
Itsgotta Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 27
Whats everyone's opinion on the best sample library for the computer?

I've heard people talk about imperfect samples and east/west.

I just got my Casio PX-5S and its connected to my Mac and would love to record some MIDI takes witha nice sample library. On another note, is it possible to use Casio's samples as a VST plugin/midi?

Thanks

Top
(ads) Sweetwater / Roland
The Right Mic Makes all the Difference. Piano Mics at Sweetwater

Click Here


#2086118 - 05/21/13 04:39 AM Re: Looking for the best samples. [Re: Itsgotta]
Allan W. Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/03/12
Posts: 376
Loc: Michigan
This video sold me on Ivory American Concert D: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWnbja5UXm8

Top
#2086178 - 05/21/13 09:21 AM Re: Looking for the best samples. [Re: Itsgotta]
gvfarns Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/16/07
Posts: 3484
Loc: Pennsylvania
Around here Ivory II (along with American D) and Galaxy II (along with Vintage D) are much more beloved than EWQL, which is actually disliked by many it seems (I don't own it so I'm just reporting what I hear often from those who do). Imperfect samples is used by a small number of people and I hear reasonably good things about it but it's not as popular and beloved as the previous two.

Top
#2086184 - 05/21/13 09:48 AM Re: Looking for the best samples. [Re: Itsgotta]
toddy Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/30/11
Posts: 1805
Loc: Portugal
It's not quite clear what the original enquirer is looking for because it says 'sample library'. Do you mean a full range of musical instruments and other sounds, or do you mean piano only?

If the latter, then, as gvfarns says, the Ivory II, Pianotech and, above all, Galaxy Vintage D, are the most often quoted and praised here. All these are considered, to varying degress, good quality, up to date (and supported) technology, good value for money.

If you're talking about the former, then I'd recommend trying Kontakt from Native Instruments. You can audition their player and some of their sounds free here: http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/synths-samplers/kontakt-5-player/

Personally, I'm quite fond of EWQL (orchestras, choirs, rock bands etc) but they are a little tricky to install and I haven't managed to download free auditions....you just have to buy it (they still deal in dvds/pre-loaded HDDs) Also you need to buy a 40 dollar security key called i-Lok to make it work at all (as you do with Ivory).

The internet seems littered with people moaning and complaining about their dreadful experiences with EWQL. This is a very small sample from Amazon (no sorting by me!):

“ I shelled out the money for a product that I can't get to work and I can't get my money back. ” G. Monticello | 2 reviewers made a similar statement
“ Thanks for nothing. ” Anthony | 1 reviewer made a similar statement
“ EastWest doesn't even have a support phone number. ” C. Goldstein


.....but I rather like their panache. Anyone who causes so much ire must be worth investigating.
_________________________
Roland HP 302, Yamaha SY85

Reaper / NI Komplete 9 /Kontakt 5// EWQL Sym Choirs/ Sym Orchestra Silver/ MOR2
Mics: SP B1 & MXL V67g/ Alesis MicTube Preamp/ Xenyx302/ Yamaha HS7s .

"Only a fool is fooled" pv88, All Fools' Day 2014.

Top
#2086338 - 05/21/13 03:44 PM Re: Looking for the best samples. [Re: Itsgotta]
anotherscott Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 3405
Originally Posted By: Itsgotta
Whats everyone's opinion on the best sample library for the computer?

There are quite a few out there, and different people have their favorites. What really matters isn't what everyone else's opinions are, but what yours is. Some of the piano libraries have free demos you can download and try. You can also try some of them out "remotely" using this site: http://www.try-sound.com

Top
#2086345 - 05/21/13 03:55 PM Re: Looking for the best samples. [Re: Itsgotta]
Scott Hamlin Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/11/12
Posts: 568
Originally Posted By: Itsgotta
On another note, is it possible to use Casio's samples as a VST plugin/midi?

Thanks


As a VST, no. As MIDI, sure - as long as
your DAW has a MIDI out from the sequencer.
Congrats on your purchase, BTW! If you haven't
already, join the Pxs Facebook group.. lots
of tips and tricks being exchanged there. smile
(link below in my sig)
_________________________
Personal Site: http://DulceLabs.com
Casio PX-5S Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Casio.Px5s/

Top
#2087603 - 05/23/13 07:23 PM Re: Looking for the best samples. [Re: anotherscott]
Itsgotta Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 27
Thank you for all the replies and recommendations. I may try Galaxy II out.

Originally Posted By: anotherscott
Originally Posted By: Itsgotta
Whats everyone's opinion on the best sample library for the computer?

There are quite a few out there, and different people have their favorites. What really matters isn't what everyone else's opinions are, but what yours is. Some of the piano libraries have free demos you can download and try. You can also try some of them out "remotely" using this site: http://www.try-sound.com
I've never heard of this, wow. very interesting.

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!

Trade Regrets:
Barry "Bear" Arnaut

(ad) Yamaha
Yamaha
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad) Piano Music Sale - Dover Publications
Piano Music Sale
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Yamaha CP1 Vs CP4 Regardless of Price and weight :)
by Tylor
15 minutes 10 seconds ago
Which part of the chord rests
by Anita Potter
28 minutes 53 seconds ago
Yamaha P250
by Mind Flayer
37 minutes 24 seconds ago
Baldwin Concertmaster tech needed
by daniokeeper
Today at 08:50 PM
Fair Price for Roland HP-508
by MarkF786
Today at 07:54 PM
Forum Stats
77012 Members
42 Forums
159275 Topics
2339770 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

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