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Offline noelcp

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Best Steinway VST?
« on: February 13, 2021, 07:06:37 PM »
I'm using Garritan Abbey Road CFX and was hoping to find a comparable Steinway, in particular one that does not employ PACE licensing software to install.

Thanks in advance

Offline d.nash

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Re: Best Steinway VST?
«Reply #1 on: March 07, 2021, 11:15:19 PM »
the most EXPRESSIVE vst i've come across, and best sounding, is Modartt's Pianoteq.  they have several steinway models that do well, especially live when i can't bring my ACTUAL steinway.

it's a modeled instrument, not sample based, so everything is done on the fly mathematically, and there are a TONNE of options to modify the sound and the feel/response. 

i've used a lot of piano libraries, but this has been my goto for work or studio over the past several years.  it's not cheap, but it's awesome.

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Offline j_tour

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Re: Best Steinway VST?
«Reply #2 on: March 08, 2021, 02:28:58 AM »
Well, the one I've heard here that knocked my socks off is one of the Garritan,  I believe it's a sampled instrument, and I'm not sure if a Steinway of some sort was used,  Probably at least one iteration.

But, that's just as a listener:  it's been twenty years or so since I've had a full DAW set up to reproduce sounds triggered from a MIDI controller in real time.

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Offline kosulin

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Re: Best Steinway VST?
«Reply #3 on: Today at 01:26:44 AM »
These are 3 best sampled Steinway D VST IMO:
- VSL (requires e-licenser, but fabulous Hamburg sound);
- Embertone Walker (very fat New York sound, but hard on computer resources);
- Synthogy American Concert Grand (requires iLok).