Now these are available individually at a fraction of the cost. If your musical needs included virtual piano instruments as solos or in your mixes, this is an option up there with Ivory and Galaxy. I’ve heard alot of good things about these, so they might definitely be worth the check. I may have to get these myself, cause I thought Ivory sounded good…
I have not, but I have heard that Alicia Keys is focused more on pop productions. As a Yamaha, I’d say it’s going to be a very bright piano with a selling point of personality in a mix. OTOH, the True Keys is like most sampled Steinways in that the focus is the exact replication of the nuances of a true grand, with all the articulations and features, think Ivory. I believe it will definitely sound alot better than AK in a solo piano song-the demos are amazing. IMO, I believe that True Keys and Ivory would both outperform Alicia Keys, and as such, would recommend these depending on your needs.
Ivory, Galaxy, and True Keys are all better pianos than TG3. Even as much as I hate to say it as a TG3 owner. You don’t necessarily have to buy a whole set, Galaxy’s and True Key’s pianos are all available separately and Ivory’s American Concert D is really great too. Maybe if you start off with one model you’ll have enough cash for the iLok.
I definitely agree. I wish there was some kind of collaboration between the elicenser and the iLok, not for the benefit of some company group, but for the good of all musicians working digitally so that we can have a standardized licensing system for all music production softwares. Ideally, we would move away from the dongle concept altogether and do an online licensing procedure, similar to what Toontrack has implemented with EZDrummer.
You are exactly right. Modelled pianos like Pianoteq have come a long way, even to the point of being seemingly realistic in the mix. But still they lack that high end “sparkle” that legit sampled libraries have, so it has to be added with the onboard EQ. Honestly, I’d still keep an eye on Pianoteq’s developments (their expansions are getting impressive) because I truly believe modeling is still the future of virtual pianos.
Aloha Curteye! I’m guessing you have the Ivory Grand Pianos Set? Depending on what genres you are working in, there are other pianos that have more ‘attitude’ like NI’s Giant and Alicia Keys Yamaha C3 Neo piano. If you’re going the traditional approach with an ultrarealistic piano sound, any of the Steinways from Ivory, Galaxy, or True Keys are fantastic, and will definitely show up the Grand 3. (Keep it quiet, this is heresy as we are on the Steinberg forum…yikes!)
Too bad there aren’t trials, but multi GB sample libraries aren’t fun to download. You can go to www.trysound.com and try out some of the Ivory and Galaxy libraries online by booking sessions.
Yes you get what you pay for, this is the only true sounding grand on market. I have had top engineers swearing that VSL grand is real and during track listening saying that is why you have to use the real thing. I never correct them lol Also sounds even better in the Mir http://www.viennamir.com/ rooms. I have used several software grands and this is the only one that kills, if only there was a keyboard that felt great we’d have everything. And Bane you can control everything on the VSL not only bleed/half pedal etc but you can EQ all 88 keys one note at a time if you desire to