Smooth jazz/chill out piano.

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by Rey, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. Rey

    Rey Active Member

    Apr 1, 2017
    hi im looking to make some chill out or smooth jazz like track with piano emphasis in the songs.anyone know or use a certain piano vst that’s suitable for this genre? Or how to tweak so it sounds like a smooth jazz piano-as lead or background rhythm?
    Because I notice pianos in those songs sounds slightly different than classical pianos I might be wrong?

    Any help appreciated thanks!
  2. artomatic

    artomatic I Compose With My Ears

    Aug 27, 2016
    Try this one
    Used it recently on a chill project. Very versatile and full of tone options.
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  3. Sid Francis

    Sid Francis Senior Member

    Feb 4, 2011
    near Cologne/ Germany
    I also found the sound to be outstanding. A pity it is not in Ultimate yet...and I just bought Ultimate .-)
  4. richard kurek

    richard kurek Active Member

    Jul 28, 2017
    for an up front sound , production voices concert grand or cinepiano, can be very expressive, i just picked up Noir can work in jazz , i find the first 2 i mentioned has better attack , cine piano has extra velocities no other library has, both Production Concert grand (many many ways to taylor sound) Cinepiano also has good presets and both can be sweet, for my taste a piano in jazz need to be up front , if needed to push back it would be my option and not at the mercy of so called close mics
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  5. CGR

    CGR Pianist/Composer/Arranger

    Jan 14, 2016
    When I think of 'Smooth Jazz' piano, artists like David Benoit and Scott Wilkie come to mind. Scott uses a Yamaha C7 grand in his studio IIRC, and I think uses a Roland RD series DP on stage (maybe controlling Synthogy's Ivory 2.5 American D?). I'd suggest:

    – Acoustic Samples Yamaha C7. Check out this review:

    – Synthogy's Ivory 2.5 American D

    – Production Voices Production Grand 2 (Yamaha C7)
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  6. While I'm not really a pianist I do a lot of smooth jazz that lands on the radio and pianists who I hire often ask me what I'm using on my demo tracks.
    Thes days I use or tweak Keyscape. I don't love it for scoring (a few patches are ok) but it really fills the SJ vibe well and the electric piano's are great too. I also think the rhodes from Gospel Musicians is really good and would be great for "Chill".
  7. Lukas

    Lukas Keyboardist / composer

    Nov 27, 2018
    I'm just reviewing NI NOIRE right now and I really like it for mellow and cinematic pieces. Here's a short demo I recorded with the NOIRE felt piano patch:

    But my go to piano for jazz / solo piano is Best Service Vintage D. In my opinion it's more flexible and I can cover different styles (dark, brilliant, soft, punchy...... pop, jazz, rock, ambient, classic) with it. And I love its dynamics.

    Keyscape of course has great dynamics too and it quite flexible. But I think it's only worth the price if you can make use of the whole bundle (rhodes, wurli, clavinet, MKS-20, celesta, toy piano, chimeaton and the other vintage keyboards).
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  8. richard kurek

    richard kurek Active Member

    Jul 28, 2017
    enjoying Noir also , tweaked, i added my eq to boost freq 850 and 8000 pleased with results, library is up there with my favorites
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  9. lsabina

    lsabina New Member

    Nov 17, 2017
    I’d go with a smaller grand, such as the Bosendorfer in Ivory’s Studio Grands.
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  10. CGR

    CGR Pianist/Composer/Arranger

    Jan 14, 2016
    I don't own it but from the demos I've heard on the Synthogy website it sounds like a good choice. Pity you can't buy it separately from their Steinway B Grand.
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  11. keepitsimple

    keepitsimple Active Member

    May 8, 2017
    Baffles me why they don't sell those pianos individually, brings more sales for them for starters!
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  12. CGR

    CGR Pianist/Composer/Arranger

    Jan 14, 2016
    Just had another thought about a suitable sampled piano for Smooth Jazz: Fluffy Audio's Scoring Piano. It has 3 mic perspectives, and a very well thought out range of controls. It defaults to a fairly mellow tone, but there's a lot of dynamics available in the sampling & scripting, so it can really open up and sound bright & clear with the inbuilt velocity & dynamic mapping controls. Here's a little sample of me playing it (Close + Mid mics):


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    Last edited: May 1, 2019
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  13. GtrString

    GtrString Active Member

    Dec 10, 2016
    I think the LA Custom in Spectrasonics Keyscape has a great sound for Smooth jazz..
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