Whats your go to Piano Library?

Great to see another deeply sampled Piano instrument for Kontakt released, especially as its from SonicCouture – check out The Hammersmith here



Engineered by Peter Henderson

While the painstaking recording of such a complex instrument would be a massive undertaking, just imagine managing all that data and slowly and carefully forming it into a beautiful subtle playable instrument. My head hurts in the exact same way it does when thinking about conforming ProTools sessions for large scale studio films that never lock picture… Those who can achieve deserve respect!

Soniccouture in studio

So what is your go-to Piano?

Over the years I’ve accumulated a few, but these are the instruments that I constantly dive back into:

Korg SV1 88 (here)
primarily as a controller although with work some beautiful sounds can be coaxed from it

Soundiron Emotional Piano for Kontakt (here)
It may have the lamest name ever, but it is a beautiful, playable instrument

Cinesamples Piano in Blue for Kontakt (here)
a beautiful Steinway Model D Concert Grand & as the name eludes was used in Miles Davis Kind of Blue album recording

Boscomac AirPiano for Reaktor (here)
“Only 2 Mb for an infinite pleasure…. with Air Piano, be sure that Brian Eno’s hair will never grow again.”
This shouldn’t really be even feasible, but it is a delight to play… instantly zone out!

And now?
SonicCouture The Hammersmith (here)


How about you?

5 Responses to Whats your go to Piano Library?

  1. Jason Richardson says:

    Thanks! You’ve preempted a question I’d been wondering who to ask.

  2. Craig says:

    Hey thanks for the recommendation and roundup Tim! I generally use the stock Kontakt pianos which I find usable, but I haven’t looked at other options of a nice grand in years so you’ve inspired me to check out the Hammersmith and some others. Ironically I recently spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect bad-sounding piano, and can recommend Soundiron’s ‘Drinking Piano’ for this purpose 🙂
    Personally I find that the midi controller, and the way its specific velocity behaviour works with the VI, is just as important as the actual samples – so I’m intrigued by the Hammersmith’s ‘velocity learn mode’. Hey wow 52GB is mighty big sample set for a single instrument!

  3. Max says:

    Hi Tim, thanks for this roundup! One of my favorite pianos is not a library but a VST based on physical modelling: Pianoteq. It’s not the best-sounding piano in all situations but it’s impressive from a conceptual point of view and it has interesting tweaking possibilities. I often choose it when I simply play for fun.

  4. Nor Eddine Bahha says:

    I use ImpactSounds PEARL YAMAHA C7 the best one with M-AUDIO OXYGEN 88 keys

  5. terry p says:

    I use a Casio Privia 350 & either modartt pianoteq 5, hammersmith or galaxy vintage d – they are all good. I agree with Max – the top end of the modartt isn’t great but it is a very expressive instrument and for me the modelling instrument feels so much more alive than the sampled ones.

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