Originally Posted by PaPi61
Ivory II is not on that list. And it's a substantial improvement over the first incarnation.
Originally Posted by Solidtube
Yes, Ivory 2 is very good.
Alright, good to know! I'll check Ivory out again. Though, I also have listened to the samples that are on the manufacturers' sites (Ivory among others), so I'm not juding only based on the site I mentioned.
Originally Posted by kongwee
I have affordable AcousticSample Kawai Pro and Imperfect Sample White grand.I like them while comparing other party. They are some kind of character piano.
Thanks for the suggestions! I have ran into Imperfect Samples many times but for some reason always skipped them. Now I started to listen to the samples and they're good! Although, my goal is not to create a realistic image of human playing - my goal is to get the most clean sound that can then be mixed with synthesizers and all to create the desired sound with extreme precision and perfection. Still, these pianos are not out of questions, they are quite interesting. Especially that Fazioli... wow! AcousticSample pianos however don't please me that much.
Originally Posted by Ernest Cholakis
You might find this of interest here is the link About the Bluthner piano and Dan Dean and Ernest Cholakis of Pro Audio Vault
This is a comparison of two passages one pianissimo and one forte from Chopin's Scherzo in Bb Minor No. 2 Op 31 (1837) as performed by 7 well know recording artists Alexander Paley, Artur Pizarro, Artur Rubinstein, Mikael Pletnev, Yundi Li, Jennifer Lim and Martin Kasík.
The same passages were also played back on 6 digital piano sampled libraries The Bluthner Digital Model One, Garritan's Steinway, Quantum Leap Pianos, Ivory (Bosendorfer and German D), Pianoteq, and Galaxy (Bosendorfer & Steinway).
These demos were mean to illustrate how close sonically a sampled piano library approaches the sonic qualities of real world acoustic recordings. To accurately hear the differences in each of these recordings one should listen on high quality headphones if you only have speakers then listen to the recording fairly loud so that you can hear the subtle tonal variations.
Numerical Sound/ProAudioVault Audio samples and innovative sounds from Numerical Sound Virtual piano sample library on CD by Pro Audio Vault
That link is the most interesting, thanks a lot. Readed the text (except the last lines!!!) and downloaded the files. You know, about three hours ago I listened to Alicia Keys' The Element of Freedom to hear how Alicia's Keys perform in action. You were involved in the making of that instrument, right? Can you tell did she really use that instrument on the album instead of the real Yamaha? The claim sounds so strange :P of course if you don't want to tell that, I respect it.
Anyway, now I think I'm gonna resile back to the darkness and silence and take a good listen to all these comparisons.