Best sounding piano library (...to aprox 5Gb)

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  1. Evorax

    Evorax Platinum Record

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    Personally i prefer NI's The Grandeur and it's only 4.90GB
     
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  2. DanteUruzu

    DanteUruzu Kapellmeister

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    I really like Pianoteq 4/5 as well as 4Front's TruePianos. Very good stuff. Pianoteq is the more expensive of the two. Both have a small size.
     
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    What might be the best-sounding no-cost grand piano is the Ivy Audio Piano in 162: Kontakt download is 5.7 GB; SFZ d/l is 4.6 GB.
    If you like it, you can donate to the developer. He also has good libraries of an acoustic drum kit, a female vocalist, and a trombone.

    My favorite commercial grand piano library under 5GB is the NI New York Concert Grand, though The Giant is good, both conventionally and experiementally.
     
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    With piano degree I understand how piano works, for these size galaxy pianos are real the best
     
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    emotional piano is my fave. i put some reverb on it and its magic at setting the mood.
     
  6. DieM

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    In no particular order:
    Acoustic Samples Academic Grand (Converted to 16 bit=600MB) * Check on Audioz well worth checking out!
    Galaxy Vintage D (Converted to 16 bit=2.13GB)
    Orange Tree Evolution Rosewood Grand (Converted to 16 bit=3.4GB)
    And of course Pianoteq 5.3 (No Conversion needed=Almost 0 GB)
     
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  8. Revenant

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    No such thing as a universally best sounding library, but you certainly wouldn't go wrong with Galaxy Vintage D.
     
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    in terms of Size XLN Addictive Keys, has also some other pianos. the sound is quite good for that size.
    Alicia keys i am still using.
     
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  10. Millenium

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    The "Ravenscroft 275" from VILabs is the best piano library on the market ;only 5,72 GB (FLAC format).



    My 2 favorites piano :
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  11. Andrew

    Andrew AudioSEX Maestro Staff Member

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    I'm very satisfied with Pianoteq so far. Very versatile, easy to use, great sounding, light on resources and modular.
    Only disadvantage - it's quite expensive :(
     
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  12. ShadowOfTheZ

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    Pianoteq is certainly not light on CPU. It's actually pretty bad.

    RAM you can buy more.
    CPU you can't.

    Apart from that it's a really nice library to work a piano part, but I don't find it superior to samples for rendering.
     
  13. Andrew

    Andrew AudioSEX Maestro Staff Member

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    You can buy/upgrade CPU, why not?

    Actually RAM is the issue :bleh:. 8GB per module is current maximum (but 16GB DDR4 is the future soon), that means 16GB max for most laptops and 32GB for desktops. Those with socket 2011 can however map 64GB and more, as well as workstation laptops can take 32GB.
    But for that you need capable CPU to begin with. Dual-core CPUs in most cases cannot map more than 16GB, quad-core 32GB. Only server CPUs (Xeon) map a lot more, usually up to 192GB

    Never had CPU issues myself, however I have to admit, it's pretty bad in multithreading, 95% of the time it's using just single core.
     
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  14. ShadowOfTheZ

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    ok... I guess it depends on your project, it's both scarce resources. But if you're running low on CPU or start experiencing CPU overloads in your project, Pianoteq is a no-go whereas say, The Grandeur, runs perfectly well.
     
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    The thing which I find great with Pianoteq is the ability to tweak the sound until you find what's best for your project.

    For samples, you need different libraries. Just one can't do the job.

    Currently I am working on a piece similar to 'let it go' from Disney, obviously with extreme dynamics, and I have not been able to use Pianoteq proficiently (apart from CPU issues).
     
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    Andrew AudioSEX Maestro Staff Member

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    That's quite strange approach.. :dunno:
    When experiencing CPU issues in a project, it's time to start freezing and unloading, not cutting on your arsenal of piano libraries. :wow:
    What if in that current instant, Pianoteq is the best choice and you won't use it because of the CPU?

    For example when you need sound to travel 500 metres per second :lmao:
     
  17. yasarzu

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    Native-Instruments The Grandeur Piano its 4.88 Gb :wink:
     
  18. ShadowOfTheZ

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    maybe not the best modus operandi agreed. It's probably because I am not a big fan of Pianoteq sound.

    Have you tried for long enough (on a project) the Hammersmith ? I think it's now the new king of Steinway libraries (much better than older generation libraries like Ivory or Galaxy).
     
  19. Jason Artkys

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    Impact Soundworks PEARL Concert Grand is the best for me but .... 35 gbs :D ... Emotionnal piano is good too :)
     
  20. swash

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    decide one and insert valhalla shimmer on it .. tweak and fly :)
     
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