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Hi all...I am programming a piece for my Dad and it has piano as the main instument. I don't usually do much with "real" piano sounds...mostly electronic or none, so I don't have a good one to use.

 

I'm looking for the best "free" piano soundfont. I really just want it to not sound FAKE...it doesn't have to be perfect.

 

I've tried the Sonic Implants piano...not bad for background, but not as the main instrument.

 

I also got one called NS piano, which is pretty good, but still not quite there, though it is my number one contender at the moment.

 

I was going to use one I found as a free download, but it was missing the middle octave in the free version, which is the place most of this part is and also the place where most piano samples seem to be at their worst.

 

I tried to use the piano on the sw1000xg, but this is definitely a weak point on the card (to me, though the electronic ones are pretty good, esp DX types). Not in the running at all.

 

Please help me.

BTW, the song is a "crooner" sort of thing, which is not my style to begin with (I prefer 70's power pop and some alternative)...sort of Frank Sinatra-like...his friend wrote it.

 

Thanks in advance.

Blades

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Blades, I don't think there are many great free piano soundfonts out there, esp. if you've tried and weren't thrilled with the sonic implants one. I generally like their stuff though I haven't tried the piano. The piano in Fluid is not horrible. You can use Vienna to mine it out that giant GM bank.

 

Also, hold on a minute, I'm digging up a link to a free piano that I thought was pretty decent...yeah, here it is:

 

http://come.to/bovbjerg

 

Check it out. The tone is pretty decent. The problem with the soundfont pianos is just that they're not very dynamic.

 

John

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You can try Pianissimum, it's here:

 

http://space.tin.it/musica/almarzai/sfe.html

 

and all over the net actually. Haven't tried the other piano at the site.

Pianissimum is very woody, I think it has the most character of the piano soundfonts I've heard, and a far site better than a typical ROMpler piano IMO. It's been tweaked by various people, I'd send you my tweak but I can't find it, it's been a while since I used it. Some funkiness in loop-points, release times, etc., but all in all it has an old-fashioned character- I used it with crooning vox, it worked well.

 

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Originally posted by Magpel:

Blades, I don't think there are many great free piano soundfonts out there, esp. if you've tried and weren't thrilled with the sonic implants one. I generally like their stuff though I haven't tried the piano. The piano in Fluid is not horrible. You can use Vienna to mine it out that giant GM bank.

 

Also, hold on a minute, I'm digging up a link to a free piano that I thought was pretty decent...yeah, here it is:

 

http://come.to/bovbjerg

 

Check it out. The tone is pretty decent. The problem with the soundfont pianos is just that they're not very dynamic.

 

John

 

Also check out hammersound.net and download the steinbow piano.. in my opinion thats the best soundfont, I preferred that to my Korg SG Rack.

 

peace

Neil

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Try Pianobook (.co.uk) - lots of interesting Piano Soundfonts created by enthusiasts. They also have ratings/reviews so you can more quickly find what's you're looking for.

https://www.pianobook.co.uk/instrument/pianos/

 

Also Soundfonts 4U

https://sites.google.com/site/soundfonts4u/

 

https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/yamaha-c2-mvp/ is very good

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