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NEW POLL: Which grand piano libraries do you currently use? (Upright pianos coming in separate poll)

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by dhowarthmusic, Aug 10, 2018.

NEW POLL: Which of these grand piano libraries do you currently use? (Uprights in separate poll)

  1. 8Dio 1928 The New Steinway Emotive Grand Piano

    3.7%
  2. 8Dio 1969 The New Steinway D Piano

    4.3%
  3. 8Dio 1971 Estonia Grand Piano

    1.8%
  4. 8Dio 1985 Passionate Piano (Yamaha C5)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. 8DIo 1990 Studio Grand Piano (Yamaha C7)

    1.2%
  6. Acoustic Samples A-Pian (Gaveau French Grand)

    0.6%
  7. Acoustic Samples Academic Grand (1963 Steinway D)

    0.6%
  8. Acoustic Samples C7 (Yamaha C7)

    3.7%
  9. Acoustic Samples Kawai Ex Pro

    1.8%
  10. Acoustic Samples Old Black Grand (Pleyel Grand F-71240)

    1.2%
  11. Addictive Keys Studio Grand (Steinway D)

    5.5%
  12. Art Vista Malmsjo (1894 Malmsjo 6ft Grand)

    5.5%
  13. Art Vista Supergrand (Malmsjo/Steinway Hybrid)

    1.8%
  14. Art Vista Virtual Grand 3 (1960 Hamburg Steinway B)

    3.7%
  15. Arturia Piano V (Various Pianos)

    4.3%
  16. Avid Mini Grand by Air

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Bechstein Digital Grand

    2.5%
  18. Chocolate Audio Model 7 Grand (Yamaha C7)

    0.6%
  19. Chocolate Audio Model D Grand (Steinway D)

    1.2%
  20. Chocolate Audio O.D.D. Piano (Yamaha C6)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  21. Cinematic Studio Piano (Yamaha C7)

    9.2%
  22. Cinesamples CinePIano (Steinway D)

    6.7%
  23. Cinesamples Piano in Blue (Old Steinway D)

    15.3%
  24. E-Instruments Session Keys Grand S (Steinway)

    0.6%
  25. E-Instruments Session Keys Grand Y (Yamaha CF III)

    1.8%
  26. Eastwest 25th Anniversary Collection Bosendorfer 290

    1.8%
  27. Eastwest 25th Anniversary Collection Steinway B

    1.8%
  28. EastWest Bechstein

    5.5%
  29. EastWest Bosendorfer

    8.6%
  30. EastWest Steinway D

    6.1%
  31. EastWest Yamaha

    3.1%
  32. Embertone Walker 1955 Steinway D

    18.4%
  33. Fluffy Audio Scoring Piano (Steinway B)

    0.6%
  34. Galaxy German Baby Bluthner Grand

    1.8%
  35. Galaxy Steinway D

    3.1%
  36. Galaxy Vienna Grand (Bosendorfer 290)

    3.1%
  37. Galaxy Vintage D (Steinway D)

    12.3%
  38. Garritan CFX (Yamaha CFX)

    11.7%
  39. Garritan Steinway or GPO5 Steinway

    2.5%
  40. Impact Soundworks Pearl Concert Grand (Yamaha C7)

    6.7%
  41. Imperfect Samples Ebony Concert Grand (Fazioli)

    3.7%
  42. Imperfect Samples Steinway Walnut Grand

    4.9%
  43. Imperfect Samples White Baby Grand (Hohner)

    1.2%
  44. Light and Sound Concert Grand (Steinway C)

    4.9%
  45. NI Alicia’s Keys (Yamaha C3)

    14.7%
  46. NI The Grandeur (German Steinway D)

    30.7%
  47. NI The Maverick (1905 Bechstein)

    21.5%
  48. Orange Tree Samples Evolution Rosewood Grand (Yamaha C7)

    6.7%
  49. Orchestral Tools - Orchestral Grands (Steinway D, Steinway B)

    2.5%
  50. Pianoteq 6 - Bluthner

    6.7%
  51. Pianoteq 6 - Grotrian

    6.1%
  52. Pianoteq 6 - Kawai K

    1.8%
  53. Pianoteq 6 - Steingraeber E-272

    8.6%
  54. Pianoteq 6 - Steinway B

    7.4%
  55. Pianoteq 6 - Steinway D

    9.2%
  56. Pianoteq 6 - Yamaha Y

    2.5%
  57. Production Voices - Concert Grand (Steinway D, Compact, LE, Gold or Full)

    5.5%
  58. Production Voices - Estate Grand (Kawai GS 60)

    2.5%
  59. Production Voices - Production Grand 2 (Yamaha C7 Compact, LE, Gold or Full)

    6.1%
  60. Production Voices - Studio Grand LE (Yamaha C3)

    1.8%
  61. Propellerhead Reason Pianos (Steinway D, Steinway K, Yamaha C7)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  62. Sampletekk - 7CG - Yamaha C7 Grand Piano

    3.1%
  63. Sampletekk - Black Grand - (Steinway D)

    9.2%
  64. Sampletekk - Blue Grand - Malmsjo Grand

    2.5%
  65. Sampletekk - Cin-A , Cin-B or Cin-C Shaped Grand PIano

    1.8%
  66. Sampletekk - TVBO Studio Grand Piano - (Yamaha C7)

    1.8%
  67. Sampletekk - White Grand - 1910 Malmsjo Grand

    4.3%
  68. Soniccouture - The Hammersmith (Steinway D)

    9.2%
  69. Sonivox Eighty Eight (Steinway D)

    5.5%
  70. Soundiron Emotional Piano (Kawai)

    7.4%
  71. Soundmagic Blue Grand (Steinway D)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  72. Soundmagic Fazioli Rose

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  73. Soundmagic Imperial Grand (Bosendorfer 290)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  74. Soundmagic Ruby Grand (Yamaha C7)

    0.6%
  75. Soundmagic Thor (Horowitz Steinway)

    0.6%
  76. Spectrasonics Keyscape - Yamaha C7

    6.1%
  77. Spitfire Hans Zimmer Piano

    3.7%
  78. Spitfire Orchestral Grand Piano

    3.1%
  79. Steinberg The Grand 3 (Bosendorfer , Model D, Yamaha C7)

    2.5%
  80. Strezov Sampling - Lipp Piano

    0.6%
  81. Synthogy Ivory II - American D

    11.0%
  82. Synthogy Ivory II - Bosendorfer

    3.7%
  83. Synthogy Ivory II - German D

    4.3%
  84. Synthogy Ivory II - Italian D

    4.3%
  85. Synthogy Ivory II - Yamaha C7

    2.5%
  86. Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands - Bosendorfer 225

    1.2%
  87. Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands - Steinway B

    1.8%
  88. Toontrack EZKEYS Grand Piano (Steinway D)

    6.1%
  89. Toontrack EZKEYS Studio Grand (Steinway B)

    5.5%
  90. UVI Piano Collection (Steinway D, Fazioli, Erard, Seller, Yamaha C7)

    2.5%
  91. Vi Labs American Grand (Steinway)

    6.7%
  92. Vi Labs German Grand (Bechstein)

    6.7%
  93. Vi Labs Italian Grand (Fazioli)

    6.1%
  94. Vi Labs Ravenscroft 275

    14.7%
  95. Vienna Imperial (Bosendorfer)

    6.1%
  96. Vienna Synchron CFX (Yamaha CFX)

    11.7%
  97. Waves Rhapsody Grand (Fazioli)

    4.9%
  98. Wavesfactory Mercury Piano (Fazioli)

    4.3%
  99. Soundiron Montclarion Hall Grand Piano (1926 Steinway Parlor Grand)

    3.7%
  100. Wholesounds 1954 Baldwin Parlour Grand

    1.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. dhowarthmusic

    dhowarthmusic Senior Member

    After last years string library poll I though it would be interesting to see which are the most popular piano libraries being used out there at the moment. I tried to list all the virtual grand pianos that I could find but I may have missed some. I will have a separate poll coming for uprights and sound design pianos.
     
  2. Motr3b

    Motr3b Active Member

    35
    18
    Jun 14, 2018
    NI the maverick, so far so good, but i'm planning to get Bechstein Digital Grand soon.
     
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  3. shawnsingh

    shawnsingh Active Member

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    52
    Jun 2, 2018
    Have only used EWQL pianos. Actually that was my very first VST ever. Here's a EWQL Bosendorfer track I made 6 years ago -
     
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  4. CGR

    CGR Pianist/Composer/Arranger

    499
    515
    Jan 14, 2016
    Australia
    Impressive music & playing Shawn! The EWQL Bosie sounds great.
    I saw this track was from 2013 - are you still writing, playing & producing music?
     
  5. Dewdman42

    Dewdman42 Senior Member

    590
    183
    Oct 28, 2016
  6. JPComposer

    JPComposer Tondichter

    77
    80
    Feb 9, 2017
    I would wait for the outcome of this vote before you buy the Bechstein. I was not impressed with it. It is very clinical. To me the tone isn't good and the mic positions too limited. They make great pianos but I think their sampling leaves something to be desired. There are some great musicians on here that rate it highly though. So, again, it comes down to personal taste.

    For me the Imperfect Samples pianos feel very 'alive', but they are definitely imperfect. I'm surprised to see the NI pianos doing so well here. I'll have to dig out my old Komplete and try them.
     
  7. keepitsimple

    keepitsimple Senior Member

    85
    79
    May 8, 2017
    I've owned 56 pianos from the poll and the VSL CFX is the only piano i use now.
     
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  8. Parsifal666

    Parsifal666 I don't even own a DAW, I'm just a troll.

    2,740
    1,984
    Sep 7, 2015
    E. YeeHaw, Indiana
    I do like that one, plus the Gentleman from NI (I'd like to call attention to the Cinematic preset in Giant, though the piano isn't so great imo). GPO Steinway has its uses as well imo.

    After I bought Garritan CFX all the other piano libraries were just good for layering...and we all know how often we layer our good piano vsts with the not-anywhere-near-as-good, right? lol! ;)

    Anyhoo, if you love piano and you don't have CFX, it is a total steal for the price (I would have paid 500 US, easy, for it). Don't even hesitate, the inspiration level skyrocked for me upon purchase (and I don't even like piano that much).
     
  9. R. Soul

    R. Soul Senior Member

    1,028
    470
    Jan 7, 2006
    London, UK
    56 eh.... You're sure keeping it simple :roflmao:
     
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  10. keepitsimple

    keepitsimple Senior Member

    85
    79
    May 8, 2017
    It was all for the quest to keep it simple and find the one and stick with it :)
     
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  11. OleJoergensen

    OleJoergensen Senior Member

    550
    152
    Jul 16, 2015
    Denmark
    Lovely playing, composition and sound!
    I use also East West Bösendorfer and Steinway and like the sound but after I bought Embertone Steinway Im not sure I will use other then Embertone.
    Anyway, your sound of the Bösendorfer is really rich. Did you use compression, E.Q.?
    Is it possible to buy the score for your composition somewhere?
     
  12. Nao Gam

    Nao Gam Dirty little gearslut

    129
    73
    Apr 1, 2018
    Can we add Soundiron's montclarion?
     
  13. Knomes

    Knomes Active Member

    29
    14
    Jun 8, 2017
    I think you have to consider that they come inside the Komplete Package so that a lot of people own them even if they would not have bought them
     
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  14. SchnookyPants

    SchnookyPants I never metaphor I didn't like

    327
    262
    Apr 26, 2016
    42.709, -83.020
    That's, like $15,000+ just for the piano movers!
     
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  15. keepitsimple

    keepitsimple Senior Member

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    79
    May 8, 2017
    Not that much but for sure up there in the early thousands $. You have to remember that some of them i bought as bundles (Pianoteq Standard, VI Labs Truekeys etc...). Not to mention sales etc... For examples i got the Ravenscroft last year during Black Friday 50% and got VI Labs True keys during the vstbuzz deal that happened not too long ago.
     
  16. miket

    miket Senior Member

    507
    478
    May 17, 2016
    SC Hammersmith for heavy lifting, and some Spitfire Labs/freebie pianos for a more moody sound. I'll probably get their Felt Piano at some point. I'd love a Schimmel full grand in VI form.
     
  17. shawnsingh

    shawnsingh Active Member

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    Jun 2, 2018
    I'm likely to buy VSL Synchron some time soon, too. Guy Bacos's demos had a tone I really liked, very hard to verbalize what I liked about it, some kind of "live presence" in the string harmonics (or maybe early reflections?) that I think would be very hard to achieve just by mixing alone.

    Hey, thanks to both of you for listening! I still do make music, but it's a side gig and life is getting increasingly busy. I do have in mind a piano album coming soon after my current music project (you can search online for "clicker heroes 2 soundtrack", which is my current project, still adding more tracks for several months more). Also full disclosure I have to say my performance skills are not that good - I have to splice many takes and do a ton of MIDI corrections every time. I might have been good enough 15 years ago, but not these days...

    I did use EQ to deepen the bass and also used convolution reverb on this Bosendorfer. If you're interested I can dig out the project file and give you all the gritty details. And that's a great idea about transcribing it - unfortunately I haven't done that yet. Putting it on the TODO list...:grin:
     
  18. Polkasound

    Polkasound Senior Member

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    1,022
    Apr 20, 2016
    Milwaukee, WI
    In addition to a few pianos above, I also use...

    NI Berlin Grand
    NI New York Concert Grand
    NI Vienna Grand

    Oh, and the Polkasound 1917 Grand Chick. :)
     
  19. SchnookyPants

    SchnookyPants I never metaphor I didn't like

    327
    262
    Apr 26, 2016
    42.709, -83.020
    Wouldn't she be at least a great, great Grand Chick by now?
     
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  20. OP
    OP
    dhowarthmusic

    dhowarthmusic Senior Member

    I just added this piano to the poll. If you have it you can update your vote now. I had not heard of this piano. Thanks!
     
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