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Any better pianos than iGrand and Korg Module?
Old 4th June 2019
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Any better pianos than iGrand and Korg Module?

The mentioned two just seem a bit "mid-rangy" and a tad muddy so I was wondering if there have been any improvements on these two models over the past couple of years?

It's been awhile for me (been using hardware) but looking to get back to a minimalist iPad setup and these pianos (I already own btw) just don't seem as good as they were a few years back.

Anyhoo, love to hear recommendations for alternatives. Thanks.
Old 4th June 2019
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No recommendations, I just bought the Korg Module a year ago and the Pianos leave a lot to be desired, to put it mildly... No comparison to the Arturia ones I have on my Mac. Would love a serious iPad setup, too.
Old 5th June 2019
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wow 150 have looked and not one recommendation - these two MUST be the best available I guess.
Old 5th June 2019
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Ravenscroft is generally the best regarded (I don't have it though)
Old 5th June 2019
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This looks and sounds interesting..................... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7bAMugbjyY
Old 6th June 2019
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Ravenscroft is generally the best regarded (I don't have it though)
Thanks - didn't realise it was on iOS - expensive but the utube's sound nice!
Old 6th June 2019
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This looks and sounds interesting..................... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7bAMugbjyY
Nice share - but it's for desktops not iOS.
Old 29th June 2019
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You may want to look into Ravenscroft 275. I love the sound of this piano but piano sounds can be subjective so you'll have to decide if it's sound meets your needs. The stock piano sounds in Korg Module I find are decent but a little flat (sympathetic string implementation is weak to me). The Ivory piano sounds in Korg Module are better to my ears (sympathetic string implementation is better) but requires Inapp purchase. I've found listening to piano sounds (iOS or VST) in the studio is one thing, in a live venue it's another. Also different sounds are needed for different styles of music. I prefer the Vienna Imperial Grand Bosendorfer vst on the Mac. For me, nothing comes close to the sound of a Bosendorfer especially this one (I own almost all of the Bosendorfer vsts and the Vienna Imperial beats them all). But I've taken that vst out live and it doesn't translate on stage especially when I'm playing with electric guitars and basses (it's perfect for an acoustic jazz setting though). I have the Ravenscroft 275 on my Mac and on my iPad/iPhone. It cuts through well in a Rock/R&B setting but I still have crackling sounds from time to time despite playing on an iPad Pro (never when using the vst version on my laptop though). So I currently use the Ivory pianos in Korg Module when using iOS live until something better comes along. Hope this helps.

Cheers.
Old 30th June 2019
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thanks Markus B.... good insights there!
Old 22nd July 2019
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I very recently purchased Korg Module Pro on a half-price sale for $20 (which I think is still going on for a while).

I definitely do not care for the stock acoustic piano in it. I found the dynamics on it pretty flat and one-dimensional, and the sound of it sounded very mid-range heavy and congested in a manner that the built in EQ could not seem to fix.

I think the Korg's main purpose is to be more of a "rompler in an app" type thing, with lots of different sounds to cover a lot of situations, and in that it succeeds (can also manage set lists, display sheet music pdf, load backing tracks, etc.)

I also own the Ravenscroft app and am much happier with its piano sound, much more realistic to my ears and a wider range of dynamics. One issue I have with Ravenscroft is that the lowest buffer setting it allows is 256 (other apps I have let me go down to 64) so when I play, there is some subtle latency that does bug me.

These are all being triggered by a Roland F130R digital piano, which (in my opinion) has a very realistic feeling keybed action, so for me at least it provides a good evaluation platform for this kind of thing. Ironically, in my opinion even the Ravenscroft piano is not quite as realistic sounding as the Roland's built in piano sound.

With the processing power and storage of the latest ipads, I am a little surprised that more app developers have not tried to make a clearly superior piano app, or that an iOS version of Pianoteq has not come out. From what I can tell it seems lots of performing musicians like to use iOS for sounds these days instead of laptops.

Thanks and I hope this is helpful.
Old 22nd July 2019
  #11
Thanks Dan. fwiw, In went ahead with the Ravenscroft. I agree, it wold be nice for Pianoteq to go iOS, but I cannot see that happening ever!
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