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Free piano VST for education?


konaboy

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HI!

 

I would like to install a piano plugin on my work computer so that I can give a colleague some after-work beginner piano & theory lessons. I was thinking that I could just bring along a midi controller to work and hook it up to my laptop + speakers.

 

Obviously this does not require the latest cutting edge multi-gigabyte sample libraries. Nor do I want to shell out any cash. And probably my student would like to install it on his laptop too.

 

So, any recommendations for a simple and free piano plugin?

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Hi sven, google found that one for me too, but there were many comments from people that were unable to install the program so I got cold feet and hoped for some other suggestions. I'll give it a shot and you let know how it works out.

 

the other google hits were for mda piano, something I tried several years ago and found very unpleasant even then.

 

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Yep, but you never know until you try, right?

 

I mean, you're looking for free here... not sure how many folks here are dealing with free VSTs, especially for piano (the holy grail of virtual instruments).

 

Does it need to be an acoustic piano? If you're teaching theory, you could use an electric piano, or something else, no?

 

Again, beggars can't be choosers here... ;)

 

You can also try a search for piano at www.dontcrack.com. :thu:

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or KVR-VST - are they still up?

 

NM, just looked.

 

http://www.kvraudio.com/allpluginsononepage.php

 

The most comprehensive library of free/shareware VST's on the market.

 

Couple the above with the free Audacity and you have yourself a free piano, in dozens of different flavors, depending on your personal tastes.

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The best free/cheap piano I've tried is "Splendid Grand" soundfont (google to find it). The free one is 72MB. They used to post the 136MB stereo one, which I used in the following recordings:

 

http://learjeff.net/audio/home_jmix.mp3

http://learjeff.net/audio/Angels_pianomix2.mp3

http://learjeff.net/audio/BD_pianomix.mp3

 

These are just quick mixes of tracks I did for fellow amateurs on the internet a few years back.

 

It's from soundcreationsinc.com, and evidently they don't post it any more, but they used to offer the 256 MB versions on CD for $15. You might consider contacting them and asking. It's a praise music studio. I probably still have the 134MB file available; let me know if you want a copy (it was distributed with a permissive license).

 

To use it you'd need software to play soundfonts. A free one is "sfz" (google to find it). However, I believe that doesn't play well with multi-core CPUs, so you might want sfz+ instead, which was available for $50 from Cakewalk (who bought rgcaudio, the creators) at

 

http://www.cakewalk.com/products/SFZ/default.aspx

 

Good luck

 

Jeff

 

PS: Once again we see Sven tout google only to find that there are much better answers than one can find merely googling.

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PS: Once again we see Sven tout google only to find that there are much better answers than one can find merely googling.

 

Funny, your free soundfont was in the list of hits I got from Google... although your actual solution isn't free, because everyone's running multicore CPUs these days... so yeah... thanks for coming out, Jeff. :rolleyes::wave:

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He may find another free soundfont player, or may have one already.

 

Sven, people come here for *advice*, not just a list of google hits. People answering specific questions. Way, way, way better than mere google.

 

At least, I feel my advice is better than merely googling. Yours may not. :rolleyes::wave: Mine is certainly less repetitive.

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