VSL - Synchron Piano (out now)


Pianist, Composer & Arranger
I have to say i'm loving this piano.

The release samples are what make it a step ahead of other libraries. I never enjoyed playing soft lyrical melodies as much as i enjoy doing it on this piano and i think that's due largely to those release samples.

After experimenting for couple days, i decided not to touch the velocity sensitivity anymore. Setting it to negative values makes the bass buttery and it loses definition, which is a big NO for me. Leaving it at 0 works best for me.

Here's a little lively short jam i did to test how the bass reacts to the type of music i play: https://instaud.io/2jdx
Wow - this piano has 'bite'! Good to hear it in something other than a classical setting. Nice chops too!


Active Member
Agree with CGR. It delivers the crunchy goodness. Close Mic 1, right?
Yes mostly. It's "Player room mix" preset + a touch of the Close 2 mic (volume slider at -10.9). Too much of the close 2 mic can cause clipping no matter how much i temper down the other mics. It's very "fatty" that close 2 mic.


Update 1.0750 released today.
Thank you for the information.
I checked their change log and it said,

• Added: "Release Extension" algorithm and parameters (EDIT View)
• Added: "Release Sample level" parameter (EDIT View)
• Fixed: Folder selection bug in library installer
• Fixed: Occasional crashes on plug-in insert

Although I have not yet adjusted these parameters, it is apparent that they have given feedback on the Release issue. Great.


Senior Member
If I understand correctly, the VSL Synchron Yamaha CFX has been conceived under a different perspective, compared to the past sampled pianos. Sampled pianos where conceived along a linear direction with the player/listener, who 'observed' the piano. With VSL's new library, the piano sits in the same space as the player/listener, inside the same bubble.

I find it a great concept. The only shame is that, after listening to the variuos demos from VSL and the users, and trying the available samples of separate microphones, I can't like the original instrument so carefully captured. The resulting library has a great presence and dynamic range, on a higher level than any other sample piano I've heard up to now. But in the ongoing quarrel between steinwites and yamahites, I'm decidedly on the opposite front than this unidimensional, unnuanced instrument.

I await with great expectations that Steinway that, judging from the famous piano comparison with Stefan Mendl, is one of the best sounding ever made.