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#2321921 - 08/30/14 03:18 PM SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library
ChoPraTs Online   content
Junior Member

Registered: 08/28/14
Posts: 6
Loc: Spain
Hello all,

I've just arrived to this forum some days ago looking for reviews or comments about virtual piano libraries. I'm going to buy my first piano library when I get my new digital piano in some weeks/months and now I'm spending some time to search and read many experiencies of users using all of them to help me to take the best decision.

But after many hours of read and read a lot of reviews and comments of many of yours, I have great possible candidates on my mind but no final decision.

So, I've considered that can be a good idea to make a SURVEY here, asking for the colaboration of all of you. I think this can not just help me to decide, it also become a good post where many future users can find a great comparative.

I know some of you have used many and many virtual different piano libraries, so I have many respect to your experience and comments and it would be great if all of you collaborate.

Let's start.



[b][u]RULES:[/u][/b]

You only have to vote for your 3 favorite virtual piano libraries like this:

[b]3 Points[/b] - Your favorite piano library.
[b]2 Points[/b] - The best alternative you know.
[b]1 Point[/b] - Another good library you like but that it's not your favorite.

Optionaly you can expose your opinion or arguments why you consider which is better for you considering playability, sound and any other feature. To give more information to all users, this will be better than only give points or votes.

Of course, you can give your vote and points to any library you know and use, but here's a possible candidate list of library's I know:



[b][u]CANDIDATE LIST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER[/u][/b][i] (Ampliable with your suggestions)[/i]:

- Alicia's Keys - Native Instruments
- East West Quantum Leap Pianos Gold (Pack of 3)
- Galaxy Pianos II (Pack of 3)
- Galaxy Vintage D
- Garritan Authorized Steinway
- Imperfect Samples Ebony Concert Grand (Faziolly)
- Imperfect Samples Steinway Concert Grand
- Pianoteq 5
- Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D
- Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand
- Synthogy Ivory II Pianos (Pack of 3)
- VI Labs True Keys American Grand
- VI Labs True Keys German Grand
- VI Labs True Keys Italian Grand
- VI Labs Ravenscroft 275
- Vienna Imperial



[b][u]RESULTS:[/u][/b]


[b]- THE MOST FAVORITE PIANO LIBRARY (by times selected as favorite):[/b]

If editable*, this message will be edited including a list of winners and it will be actualized when getting new results. If not editable, results list will be posted in new messages periodicaly.


[b]- THE MOST FAVORITE PIANO LIBRARY (by points):[/b]

If editable*, this message will be edited including a list of winners and it will be actualized when getting new results. If not editable, results list will be posted in new messages periodicaly.



Regards to all and thank you very much for your collaboration.


* Note: I'm new here, so I don't know how works this forum and If I will be able to edit this first message later. I hope so.
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#2321942 - 08/30/14 04:56 PM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
PtJaa Online   content
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Registered: 03/14/12
Posts: 183
Loc: Czech Republic
This is gonna be fun :-)

My votes:
3 Points - Galaxy Vienna Grand (Galaxy Pianos II)
2 Points - Galaxy Vintage D
1 point - not assigned
(I should note that I don't have any Synthogy piano though.)

Both Galaxy pianos I nominated have very realistic behavior, very close to real grands. I prefer Vienna Grand for its pure, "singing" tone and fantastic responsivity, IMHO a little better than Vintage D.
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#2321960 - 08/30/14 06:03 PM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
MacMacMac Offline
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Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 3805
Loc: North Carolina
Ivory 1 Italian/Fazioli
Kawai EX Pro
Galaxy Vintage D
Galaxy Vienna Grand

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#2321964 - 08/30/14 06:12 PM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
bsmall Online   content
Junior Member

Registered: 08/04/14
Posts: 5
My votes are for:
3 points - Ravenscroft 275 Vi Labs
2 points - Galaxy Vintage D
1 point - NI Alicia's Keys (though the New York Concert Grand is my favorite library by Native Instruments)

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#2321998 - 08/30/14 08:09 PM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
Digitalguy Offline
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Registered: 02/04/14
Posts: 425
Loc: Switzerland
Ivory II American 3 points
Ivory II Italian 2 points
Galaxy Vintage D 1 point

These are also the virtual pianos I play most, although since Pianoteq 5 has come out I play the demo maybe even more often than Vintage D... and I am thinking about buying it (or waiting for the 6th...)
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#2322108 - Yesterday at 02:21 AM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
jefinho Offline
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Registered: 10/08/08
Posts: 33
Loc: The Netherlands
3) Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D
2) Galaxy Vintage D
1) Synthogy Ivory II German D

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#2322133 - Yesterday at 06:11 AM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
ChoPraTs Online   content
Junior Member

Registered: 08/28/14
Posts: 6
Loc: Spain
Thanks all for your participation.

I've tried to edit the first post but I think it's not possible here. So, I will publish results periodically in new messages.

If anyone in the future want to change his response because had adquired a new library that he/she prefers, there's no problem. Just specify the change and I will update results.

PtJaa, I see in your signature that you have also Pianoteq 5 and True Keys Pianos. Is that right? Why not give 1 point to one of this?

MacMacMac, We are giving 3 points to the favorite library, 2 points to the alternative and 1 point to another good library you like. You have mentioned 4 pianos, not 3. Please, how should I distribute the points?
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#2322175 - Yesterday at 09:18 AM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
PtJaa Online   content
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Registered: 03/14/12
Posts: 183
Loc: Czech Republic
ChoPraTs,
- I'm surprised that you can't edit your first post. It certainly should be possible.

Originally Posted By: ChoPraTs
PtJaa, I see in your signature that you have also Pianoteq 5 and True Keys Pianos. Is that right? Why not give 1 point to one of this?

I considered giving points to Pianoteq, which is a nice selection of pianos for good price, or Galaxy Giant, which is a very nice but somewhat non-standard piano. But compared to Galaxy pianos I nominated I thought I'd better leave the third place unassigned. As for TK pianos, personally I'm not very happy with them, mostly with their playability (dynamics, behavior ...).


Edited by PtJaa (Yesterday at 03:52 PM)
Edit Reason: corrected grammar and clarified meaning of the last sentence
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#2322187 - Yesterday at 09:42 AM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
rnaple Offline

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Registered: 12/23/10
Posts: 2070
Loc: Rocky Mountains
I play nothing but virtual piano. I can't participate in the survey. I can't afford a bunch of these to try. I use one. Have another trial version. I want to at least try more. I simply can't afford it. My participation would result in known false input.
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#2322191 - Yesterday at 10:07 AM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
funkycornwall Offline
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Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 86
Loc: Cornwall. UK
I don't think the Garritan authorised Steinway is currently available. Garritan now has the new CFX Abbey Road Grand piano which is their flagship piano product. This would be top of my list if you had included it. From your list though my choices are:

Ivory II American Concert D 3 points
Galaxy Pianos Vintage D 2 points
Ivory II Pianos (Pack of 3) 1 point

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#2322211 - Yesterday at 11:43 AM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: PtJaa]
ChoPraTs Online   content
Junior Member

Registered: 08/28/14
Posts: 6
Loc: Spain
[quote=PtJaa]ChoPraTs,
- I'm surprised that you can't edit your first post. It certainly should be possible.
[/quote]

I don't know PtJaa, but everytime I try to edit one message I receive this:

"This post can no longer be edited because the maximum edit time has expired."


rnaple, then perhaps this post is interesting for you too, if someday want to buy one virtual piano. I can't vote either, because I only have tried Galaxy Pianos and can't compare with others. But it's very interesting to see what other users think.
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#2322214 - Yesterday at 11:49 AM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
ChoPraTs Online   content
Junior Member

Registered: 08/28/14
Posts: 6
Loc: Spain
funkycornwall. The list is just orientative. As I said in rules, you can vote for any other library you know.

So... do you want to change your votes and include CFX Abbey Road Grand?
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#2322264 - Yesterday at 02:43 PM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
Possum SP280Krome Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/23/10
Posts: 621
I am a little biased here- I paid $29.99 for both of my sets through closeout deals but right now am not into paying $200-$300 for software at the moment given thatget something enjoyable for less

3 points- Addictive Keys Steinway D (many editing a micrphone options)

2-points Addictive Keys Yamaha U3 (something different than a bright C3)

1 point- I really like the NY Grand in the Native Instruments Piano Collection (honorable mention to the Steinway in that collection as well)

Honorable mention: Rhodes in Addictive Keys:

Something I don't own: Ivory D is impressive and since Billy Joel uses it I will give it serious consideration.
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#2322276 - Yesterday at 03:11 PM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
sandalholme Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 767
Loc: Dorset, UK
I have only owned/used True Keys Italian, German and American, plus Pianoteq 5

My preferences;

1. Pianoteq 5 Bluthner
2. TK Italian
3. TK German

PT wins through "playability": the nearest to playing an acoustic grand even though, as yet, the recorded sound isn't as beautiful as the TK Italian. I can play freely from pp to ff as I would on a grand. With TK, and I suspect other sampled pianos (having played others to a degree) there is the extra effort of controlling touch to achieve the same small changes in dynamics that a grand gives you (almost) effortlessly. PT also provides much more scope for tweaking the sounds to suit your taste/DP configuration.

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#2322375 - Yesterday at 07:38 PM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: funkycornwall]
funkycornwall Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 86
Loc: Cornwall. UK
OK revised list:
Garritan CFX Abbey Road 3 points
Ivory II American Concert D 2 points
Galaxy Pianos Vintage D 1 point

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#2322394 - Yesterday at 08:51 PM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: funkycornwall]
fastlanephil Offline
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Registered: 03/11/14
Posts: 29
Loc: United States
1.For classical solo music the Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Imperial.

This piano is 500GB uncompressed with 100 velocity levels but VSL managed, with their own lossless compression, to get it under 50GB. No other piano comes close to the traditional beauty of this $600 library.

2. Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand. Yamaha CFX Concert Grand.

Itís another large piano at 128GB for the full installation. It sounds amazing, very clean and expressive. A very versatile piano that can be used for many different applications.

3. The Production Grand.

The name says it all.

This sampled Yamaha C7 piano comes in three main variations depending on your needs. The three all have 8 microphone perspectives with the top also having a solo microphone option also but they have different sample rate options.

Itís also a large piano weighing in at from 26 to 207 GB using Kontakt compression.

All three of these piano developers recommend a SSD drive.

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#2322538 - Today at 07:08 AM Re: SURVEY - Your Favorite Virtual Piano Library [Re: ChoPraTs]
ChoPraTs Online   content
Junior Member

Registered: 08/28/14
Posts: 6
Loc: Spain
Thank you!

We're waiting for more answers but let's go with the first results until now.


RESULTS UNTIL 1th SEPTEMBER 2014

Total Users Voted: 9
Total Libraries Voted: 17


THE MOST FAVORITE PIANO LIBRARY (by times selected as Favorite):

- Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D - 2 VOTES
- Addictive Keys Steinway D - 1 VOTE
- Galaxy Pianos II - 1 VOTE
- Garritan CFX Abbey Road - 1 VOTE
- Pianoteq 5 - 1 VOTE
- Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand - 1 VOTE
- VI Labs Ravenscroft 275 - 1 VOTE
- Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Imperial - 1 VOTE


THE MOST FAVORITE PIANO LIBRARY (by Points):

- Galaxy Vintage D - 9 Points
- Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D - 8 Points
- Garritan CFX Abbey Road - 5 Points
- Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand - 5 Points
- Addictive Keys Steinway D - 3 Points
- Galaxy Pianos II (Pack of 3) - 3 Points
- Pianoteq 5 - 3 Points
- VI Labs Ravenscroft 275 - 3 Points
- VSL Vienna Imperial - 3 Points
- Addictive Keys Yamaha U3 - 2 Points
- Kawai EX Pro - 2 Points
- VI Labs True Keys Italian Grand - 2 Points
- Native Instruments Aliciaís Keys - 1 Point
- Native Instruments New York Grand - 1 Point
- Synthogy Ivory II (Pack of 3) - 1 Point
- The Production Grand - 1 Point
- VI Labs True Keys German Grand - 1 Point


I hope that more users want to vote. Come on!
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