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lzap
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Post 14 Apr 2017

Hello,

I just purchased R9 full and I would like to make a list of all available piano libraries in the wild. So far I know about:
  • ID8 Piano
  • Factory patches
  • Reason Pianos Refill
  • Abbey Road Keyboards ReFill
  • Radical Piano RE
  • Soundiron Emotional Piano RE
  • HD Pro Pianos Refill
  • Miroslav Percussion and Keys Refill
  • FORTE Evolution Piano : 1 Redwood
  • Alan Parsons Imperial Grand Piano Refill
  • SonicFlavours Home Piano Premium Refill
  • O-Nekirom's Piano
  • Maustaste Piano Refill
  • Maustaste SilverDance Piano Refill
  • Doc Technical Wilton Piano
  • Sonic Reality Classic Rock Piano
  • Sonic Reality Pianos and Organs
  • Garritan Personal Orchestra
  • Apex Kompozre
Please send links if you dig something else, I will update the post.
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jfrichards
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Post 14 Apr 2017

Miroslav Percussion and Keys, $39
https://esoundz.com/details.php?ProductID=1687
(the $149 Miroslav Gold Bundle includes this with the entire orchestra and regularly goes on sale for at least 50% off)

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NekujaK
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Post 14 Apr 2017

There's also the Alan Parsons Imperial Grand Piano refill available at esoundz:

https://esoundz.com/details.php?ProductID=5248
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riemac
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Post 14 Apr 2017

F9 FORTE Evolution Multisampled Piano for Club and Contemporary Pop is very nice:


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Post 14 Apr 2017

There is the Abbey Road Keyboards ReFill (my favorite).
Discontinued unfortunately, but you might still be able to find it out there new or used.

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NekujaK
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Post 14 Apr 2017

Just for the sake of completeness, here are some older piano refills that crept their way into my library over the years. I wouldn't be surprised if they're no longer available. I've never had occasion to use these in a production, but just from casually banging around with them, I can't recommend any of them for a pure piano sound. However, some might be useful in situations where a less refined or affected piano needs to cut through a loud or busy mix. That said, the Sonic Reality refills are just plain dreadful.

You may not want to add these to the master list, given their questionable quality or lack of availability. It's up to you:
  • O-Nekirom's Piano
    http://www62.tok2.com/home/oratnekirom

    Piano Refill
    by Maustaste

    SilverDance Piano
    by Maustaste

    Wilton Piano
    by Doc Technical

    Classic Rock Piano
    by Sonic Reality

    Pianos and Organs
    by Sonic Reality
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Ottostrom
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Post 14 Apr 2017

I recently bought the Home Piano Premium refill and I think it sounds pretty nice!
http://www.sonicflavours.com/index.php? ... &Itemid=60
It might not be the most versatile piano, but it will be great for the more folky type music I make :)
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Oquasec
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Post 14 Apr 2017

There's well over a thousand piano libraries minimum, available to everyone.
But yep the kontakt libraries had the promotion on lockdown lmfao.
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Post 14 Apr 2017

Ottostrom wrote:I recently bought the Home Piano Premium refill and I think it sounds pretty nice!
http://www.sonicflavours.com/index.php? ... &Itemid=60
It might not be the most versatile piano, but it will be great for the more folky type music I make :)
On that Sonic Flavors refill, I don't even know why they offer it as a refill if you can't hear it before buying it. Might as well go buy a car then test drive it.
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mreese80
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Post 14 Apr 2017

MDTerps2015 wrote:
Ottostrom wrote:I recently bought the Home Piano Premium refill and I think it sounds pretty nice!
http://www.sonicflavours.com/index.php? ... &Itemid=60
It might not be the most versatile piano, but it will be great for the more folky type music I make :)
On that Sonic Flavors refill, I don't even know why they offer it as a refill if you can't hear it before buying it. Might as well go buy a car then test drive it.
Lmao. Right. Would be nice to hear a sample
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Ottostrom
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Post 15 Apr 2017

MDTerps2015 wrote:
Ottostrom wrote:I recently bought the Home Piano Premium refill and I think it sounds pretty nice!
http://www.sonicflavours.com/index.php? ... &Itemid=60
It might not be the most versatile piano, but it will be great for the more folky type music I make :)
On that Sonic Flavors refill, I don't even know why they offer it as a refill if you can't hear it before buying it. Might as well go buy a car then test drive it.
What are you talking about, there are a bunch of really good demo tracks on the page?
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lzap
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Post 15 Apr 2017

Thanks folks, so far I only tested Radical Piano and Soundiron Emotional Piano and I like Radical very much. Fantastic. And ID8 does not sound bad at all!

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Post 15 Apr 2017

Good find on the F9 Forte stuff on sale this weekend too!
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Post 15 Apr 2017

lzap wrote:Thanks folks, so far I only tested Radical Piano and Soundiron Emotional Piano and I like Radical very much. Fantastic. And ID8 does not sound bad at all!
incredibly I find myself choosing an Id8 for the brightness over a patch or Reason Pianos

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Post 15 Apr 2017

Ottostrom wrote:
MDTerps2015 wrote:
Ottostrom wrote:I recently bought the Home Piano Premium refill and I think it sounds pretty nice!
http://www.sonicflavours.com/index.php? ... &Itemid=60
It might not be the most versatile piano, but it will be great for the more folky type music I make :)
On that Sonic Flavors refill, I don't even know why they offer it as a refill if you can't hear it before buying it. Might as well go buy a car then test drive it.
What are you talking about, there are a bunch of really good demo tracks on the page?
When I went to the page, I got a bunch of blocks with no play button to hear what the refill sounds like. Maybe its flash player or something but I can't play a sound. If you look right beneath my post, Reese said the same thing. I don't know if he/ she went to the page and looked like I did, but I couldn't play a sound from that page. Looked on their refills page and clicked on the link again and got the same page. Give me a link and I will go listen. Im looking for a really good pure piano refill without all of the other pianos like toy, detroit, and other variations. I will take them but I want a pure piano that I can tweak. Thx for the input.
LMAO, I actually went back again and low and behold it was the flash player. I clicked in a box and the flash player thingy popped up and asked to use flash and I did and guess what...... I got the play buttons. Now I can listen. Thx again.
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Ottostrom
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Post 16 Apr 2017

MDTerps2015 wrote: When I went to the page, I got a bunch of blocks with no play button to hear what the refill sounds like. Maybe its flash player or something but I can't play a sound. If you look right beneath my post, Reese said the same thing. I don't know if he/ she went to the page and looked like I did, but I couldn't play a sound from that page. Looked on their refills page and clicked on the link again and got the same page. Give me a link and I will go listen. Im looking for a really good pure piano refill without all of the other pianos like toy, detroit, and other variations. I will take them but I want a pure piano that I can tweak. Thx for the input.
LMAO, I actually went back again and low and behold it was the flash player. I clicked in a box and the flash player thingy popped up and asked to use flash and I did and guess what...... I got the play buttons. Now I can listen. Thx again.
Glad the issue got resolved! Hate it when flash player needs to update every other day and decides to disable itself if you don't have the newest version... Anyways, if you are looking for a pure and tweak-able piano then I don't think this refill is what you are looking for.
For a pure piano sound I would suggest the Propellerhead Piano refill :) But if easy tweaking is more important then Radical Piano is the winner!
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Oquasec
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Post 16 Apr 2017

So many piano libraries so little producing.
The more stashed away the better keep em comin
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lzap
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Post 16 Apr 2017

I agree, I am sticking with ID8 for now which sounds decent.

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Oquasec
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Post 16 Apr 2017

I use radical pianos and i8/refills/soundfonts.
But right now I'm in I dream of wires mode.
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avasopht
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Post 16 Apr 2017

Garritan Personal Orchestra.

And the ID8 Piano is pretty good. I usually EQ it to my taste.
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PurpleMonkeyDishes
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Post 16 Apr 2017

I Cant believe this has not been added to the list yet, it is my "Go to" ... For real off the wall piano you can not look past 'Apex KompozRe' Which uses its own piano 'IvoRe'

Amazing Refill

http://www.softphonics.com/apex-kompozre/4593521672



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IdoAudio
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Post 17 Apr 2017

[quote="PurpleMonkeyDishes"]I Cant believe this has not been added to the list yet, it is my "Go to" ... For real off the wall piano you can not look past 'Apex KompozRe' Which uses its own piano 'IvoRe'

Amazing Refill


Totally agree.... +1 for Apex Kompozre

kitekrazy
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Post 19 Apr 2017

avasopht wrote:Garritan Personal Orchestra.

And the ID8 Piano is pretty good. I usually EQ it to my taste.
Can't get this refill anymore. When I first bought Reason this was on my list.

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pedrocaetanos
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Post 05 May 2017

NekujaK wrote:There's also the Alan Parsons Imperial Grand Piano refill available at esoundz:

https://esoundz.com/details.php?ProductID=5248
Some time ago I bought this one, wanting an Imperial Bosendorfer, and trusting the stamp of Alan Parsons.

I've always been a huge admirer of Alan Parsons, both as producer (Dark Side of the Moon), and as musician (Alan Parsons Project), but unfortunately this refill was a let down to me. I was very surprised.

I find the Reason Pianos refill to have a "richer" sound, but worst of all, I have problems with the sustain pedal when using the Imperial.

When I press the pedal for "too long", after a while several notes seem to get stuck in infinite sustain. Something I haven't experienced with other NN-XT piano patches.

Someone around with this refill that can comment on this issue?
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Post 05 May 2017

Besides Alan Parson Imperial Bosendorfer, I also have Reason Pianos and Abbey Road Keyboards.

For whoever is wanting real sounding pianos, Reason Pianos is highly recommendable.
A Steinway, an Yamaha, and a vertical, all perfectly tuned, with lots of mic variations, and producer presets.

Abbey Road Keyboards offers two vertical pianos with not so perfect tuning, giving a more raw sound, specially the "Mrs. Mills piano" which is very honky-tonky. Recording is also (of course) top notch, lots of mic variations, etc.
Indeed this one is very hard to find for sale these days (I had a second copy which I sold through here).

Although I have the Miroslav collection, never payed much attention to the pianos, being very happy with the ones from PH.
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