Recommendation for a jazz piano

Fredeke

Senior Member
Yo

Does anyone have a piano library (or plugin) to recommend for jazz ?
Like a short grand, or a grand upright ?

I'd like to play the piano at my girlfriend's place, and I don't want to move the Nord from the studio. So I'm thinking of bringing a cheaper keyboard there and play the piano sounds from my laptop (the piano sound from the cheap keyboard is just not good enough). All this to say, I would prefer it affordable, since it's not for making money.

Yes, I've tried pianotek, and no, i don't find it realistic or even pleasant - just my taste, no offense.

Thanks
 
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Fredeke

Fredeke

Senior Member
Thank for the suggestions.
The Bluethner certainly sounds jazzy :)

Anyway I won't be too difficult. I'm just looking for an ok piano. There's a discount on the Sonivox right now so I'm leaning toward that one.
 

Lukas

Keyboardist / composer
My favorite piano libraries for a jazzy sound are Best Service Vintage D (very versatile and has a great dynamic) and NOIRE (very sophisticated settings, nice for jazz but also for filmish pieces). I recorded some preset demos a few months ago to show how they can sound in a solo piano setting.

- Best Service Vintage D


- NOIRE


My third choice would be Keyscape.
 

Lukas

Keyboardist / composer
I've got Piano in Blue and wrote a review for a German piano magazine last year. I like the dark and cinematic sound. But it's pretty much unplayable in terms of dynamics. I could not find a velocity curve that made sense. Great for a short cinematic intro with string backings. But nothing for real piano players.

Here are my Piano in Blue demos:



I think it sounds okay when you hear it. But it's not really fun to play.
 
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Fredeke

Fredeke

Senior Member
My favorite piano libraries for a jazzy sound are Best Service Vintage D (very versatile and has a great dynamic) and NOIRE (very sophisticated settings, nice for jazz but also for filmish pieces). I recorded some preset demos a few months ago to show how they can sound in a solo piano setting.

- Best Service Vintage D


- NOIRE


My third choice would be Keyscape.
The Vintage D demo sounds good.
Noire sounds a bit too nasal to me (in the demo at least) - that's what I disliked about Pianotek too.
 

SupremeFist

Senior Member
The Vintage D demo sounds good.
Noire sounds a bit too nasal to me (in the demo at least) - that's what I disliked about Pianotek too.
I agree Noire sounds honky there but it's because the player has turned up the color while turning down the tonal shift knob, thus producing a quite nasal formant shift versus the base sound. Rest assured it definitely doesn't have to sound that way.
 

Jerry Growl

Composing Music in the Plastic Dark Ages
I would suggest Due by Xperimenta. Very responsive Yamaha grand. So far this is for me the only piano that keeps me interested while improvising. The others tend to loose my attention. Like a cat finding out the fake mouse isn't really worth the effort. My musical language is anything but jazz, but I know for sure jazz pianists interact in exactly the same way with their instrument. In fact, it's all about interaction.
 
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Fredeke

Fredeke

Senior Member
I would suggest Due by Xperimenta. Very responsive Yamaha grand. So far this is for me the only piano that keeps me interested while improvising. The others tend to loose my attention. Like a cat finding out the fake mouse isn't really worth the effort. My musical language is anything but jazz, but I know for sure jazz pianists interact in exactly the same way with their instrument. In fact, it's all about interaction.
Sounds good, but less my cup of tea.

Id recommend the Ravenscroft 275 for Jazz piano.
Waw, sounds quite versatile !

Anyway, I already went for the Sonivox 88 II.