Lets talk software (none recording)

Posted by: 4g63mr

Lets talk software (none recording) - 12/12/12 11:39 AM

Okay my other thread on helping me find a good starter piano was a huge success. I have my choices narrowed down and will be making a buy pretty soon. For info on this see other thread.

Now I want to discuss software and sounds. I was told by several members that it is more important to find good action over the sounds because you can always get better sounds from computer software that will blow just about any built in digital piano sound out of the water.. This makes sense to me, as a digital drummer I have some software I run through a laptop which blows the sound of the stock modules doors off.

Here is my question. I have tried a few google searches and I cant find anything. Could someone give me a few examples to look into.

Secondly I would like to know if there is any type of "fun" software that makes learning a little more fun for a young child. Something that is a game. I could hook the DP into a laptop or ipad and it helps teach the piano but makes it fun.

Well as always thank you in advance for reading and helping me out here.
Posted by: Providence

Re: Lets talk software (none recording) - 12/12/12 12:17 PM

Hi,
I have been using a software called Garritan Authorized Steinway (Basic Edition) which cost around 80 Euros I think at the time. I am very happy with i. It's a stripped down version of the pro version but a good starting point if you want a lovely sounding piano at a reasonable price. I love it's tone, especially in the base register..good luck
Posted by: gvfarns

Re: Lets talk software (none recording) - 12/12/12 12:40 PM

The go-to software piano in this forum is always Galaxy Vintage D. It seems like that is the favorite single piano of a large percentage of the forum. It's pretty easy on the computer as well.

The rest of the Galaxy suite (and the Giant) are pretty good too. Ivory II is the other really popular piano suite, though it's a bit more pricey and requires an ilok. Ivory also has a Fazioli and American Steinway for sale separately as well. I don't care for the Fazioli but the American Steinway has been getting good reviews and is the latest, most technologically advanced piano available (also requires a lot from your system).

Garritan used to be an old staple but they pulled some of their products from the market lately and were acquired. Not sure what their future is, but they used to get very good reviews as well.

There are also a few people around who use Imperfect Samples pianos.

There are also PianoTeq fans in the forum (I'm not one). PianoTeq tends to lose when comparing piano tone, but it has some advantages in terms of playability. It has a great interface and can easily be demo-ed for free. Worth a shot, but very different from other software pianos, so don't judge them by what you get with PianoTeq.
Posted by: 4g63mr

Re: Lets talk software (none recording) - 12/12/12 01:51 PM

Thanks Gvfarns. I like that Galaxy Vintage D has loads of samples. They sound great too. I will def be looking into when I want to add more tones.

Anyone know of any good learning programs?
Posted by: 4g63mr

Re: Lets talk software (none recording) - 12/12/12 03:06 PM

Oh with software like the vintage D. When you use that does the sound come out of the speakers of the piano or do I need to have monitors or something connected to the pc?
Posted by: gvfarns

Re: Lets talk software (none recording) - 12/12/12 03:15 PM

It comes out of whatever speakers are connected to the PC, so it makes sense to get some good speakers an/or a way to plug headphones into your PC.
Posted by: o0Ampy0o

Re: Lets talk software (none recording) - 12/12/12 11:36 PM

Here is a large selection of piano software plug-ins compared:




A review of Galaxy Instrument's The Giant (sold under the Native Instruments brand):




This track was performed by a member here, Laurence Lougheed: Dreamland

Posted by: Acca

Re: Lets talk software (none recording) - 12/12/12 11:37 PM

Congrats on your PX150 decision. I think for your budget you made the right decision. My Privia has served me well for the past 2 years. The keyboard can also be kept for use as a midi controller even if you upgrade next time.

The Vintage D sampled sound is a much more authentic piano sound from a great sounding piano, and you can tune the velocity curve for better touch and dynamic range but it will cost another $150 (+ $20 for midi-to-usb converter, if you haven't got one). Pianoteq is a fully modeled piano sound, and in my opinion still sounds fake. Software sounds are probably more important for classical music or if you really appreciate piano sounds. Maybe stick with the inbuilt sound for now while you are starting to learn.

If you already have a digital audio workstation program (cubase, ableton, etc) you can use the keyboard to layer in other generated or sampled sounds with your drums.

As for lessons, try posting in the Adult Beginner section. I'm sure there are many programs and websites and youtube videos to help with all levels of learning. I found Josh Wright on Youtube to be really helpful, but he is probably more for classical music, intermediate to advanced.
Posted by: 4g63mr

Re: Lets talk software (none recording) - 12/13/12 12:31 AM

Hey guys thanks for the ideas and inputs. I'm def way ahead of myself looking at virtual software but I'm sure I will look up all kinds of stuff while I'm waiting on my package to show up.

Waiting is always the worst part.