Cubase Pro 11 noob here. I need a decent acoustic grand piano. Prior to buying Cubase Pro I was led to believe that the stock Halion Se pianos were up to snuff, but I haven’t found any that seem to be. For example the “GM001 Acoustic Grand Piano” sounds OK in some octaves, but in others, like the third octave, it sounds very electronic. I can’t tell if that’s because it’s not that good to begin with or I need to tweak some settings. I own a Steinway “A” grand piano so I’m using that for my baseline of what a decent acoustic piano should sound like.
I’m confused about Halion because I know it has sampling capabilities but it’s also a synth. So are its pianos synthed or sampled? I see Halion has a P90. I own a P80 (the P90’s predecessor) and I’ve used a P90 - they’re “OK” but no one will confuse them with a real piano.
What’s the minimum I have to pay in time and money to get a good, sampled, grand acoustic piano for Cubase? (and why would Cubase “Pro” not already come with one?)