PerLichtman Posted August 15, 2011 Report Share Posted August 15, 2011 @ Jared Hudson, I really like how that piano sounds. I'll try to get a piano that sounds as lovely as that Jared's had a good ear for sample libraries since before "multi-mic" libraries became the norm, so it's no surprise he steered you right. I'll add a few more notes just in case anyone else is exploring the same area in their piano work. Anyway, there's really only 3 libraries that are geared toward that sort of sound: Malmsjö Acoustic Grand (Art Vista), Bluthner Digital Model One (Pro Audio Vault) and Emotional Piano (SoundIron). Here are the links to each. The Bluthner Digital Model One link also has a lot of comparisons with other libraries (like Ivory and Quantum Leap Pianos, both of which sound very different). http://www.artvista.net/Malmsjo_Acoustic_Grand.html http://www.proaudiovault.com/index.htm http://www.soundiron.com/instruments/pianos/emotional-piano/ All three of these libraries are small in size, give you samples from one microphone set (as opposed to mult-mic libraries like Quantum Leap Pianos) and can be very warm in tone. Each of them has specific features that set them apart. Note, my observations are based on at least two years of experience with the libraries in question, except for Emotional Piano (where it is based on the demos and product pages). Malmsjö Acoustic Grand samples a piano by a Swedish manufacturer that has (to the best of my knowledge) not been covered by any other library. It is warm, gentle and very easy to play, in part because of its more limited dynamic range. If you want it to sound anything but warm and smooth, you'll need to put a lot of effort into the mixing work. The library does not come with a player, so you need to have GigaStudio, Kontakt or EXS 24. Bluthner Digital Model One has full, warm and smooth tone by default, but has an entirely different approach to dynamics and has been sampled more extensively. This means you could use it for everything from the general warm timbres on to concertos brighter pop if you wanted to, without having to use external EQ. It is more expensive than the Malmsjö Acoustic Grand, but also more recent, more flexible and more comprehensive. It also features several impulse responses by Ernest Cholakis, whose convolution libraries normally sell for hundreds of dollars. Emotional Piano is the only library out of the three that features repetition samples. I haven't had a chance to hear for myself how big a difference that makes in the sound in this specific case. The library seems to have more in common with Malmsjö Acoustic Grand than Bluthner Digital Model One, but has been updated more recently than either of the other two. I used Malmsjö Acoustic Grand the most for my work with Joanna St. Claire, Bluthner Digital Model One the most for my own and am curious about Emotional Piano. Current U.S. street prices (at the time of writing) Malmsjö Acoustic Grand $99 Emotional Piano $149 Bluthner Digital Model One $278-299 MAG: Foolproof - hard to screw up the sound. BDMO: Flexible - great sound with great control. Emotional Piano: Repetition samples - remains to be seen how big a difference these make. So there you have it: my unsolicited guide to the three pianos best suited to getting that warm sound without extra mixing tools. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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