Hello Composers, Mike here!
What are your favorite Piano VST plugins and sample libraries right now, and why? Do you use them in any specific way? Here are my favorites:
Keyscape by Spectrasonics
- I find the piano presets in this plugin has the most depth of all, especially and incredibly detailed low end. It is also super easy and great at customizing the overall tone, the noises (pedal, keys), the room etc. And you can use it inside Omnisphere to get access to the incredible Steam Engine with all FX etc. I especially love how close and focused you can get the of Keyscape if you want it to. Overall it can be a bit heavy on the low-end range in them mix, so I generally add some EQing to make it fit.
Ravenscroft 275 by VI Labs
- I love this piano for how incredibly well balanced it is. It does not have a piercing top-end or rumbling low-end like many software pianos do. It is the best piano for mixing into the background of all pianos I tried, simply because how great it blends into the mix straight out of the box.
Addictive Keys 2 by XLN Audio
- The interface is beautiful, but the true power comes from the vast sound shaping capabilities you have. With different microphones, EQs, compressors, effects, velocity response…you can really create your own unique tone with this piano plugin. And it’s quite light on CPU and RAM too, very efficiently coded it seems.
Now share your favorite pianos, why, and how you use them! =)
Mikael “Mike” Baggström
Founder of professionalcomposers.com