I use ivory in my studio.I have a C7 in my living room. IMO nothing beats areal piano but would say that if i cant use a real piano then ivory would be my second choice .Just load ivory on alaptop and bring that to your gigs.
I literally own every piano VI and sample library available. I've done a bunch of solo piano records for labels over the years, and the last several I've done using the NI Akoustik Piano library exclusively. I've tried and own them all, including Ivory, but for me Akoustik Piano conveys the most realism. I crank up the pedal resonance and release to about 75%, kiss it with a little but of the UAD Fairchild and some UAD Plate reverb and it's done. I really think that this is the way to go.
I can attest to the Motif Rack ES. Of course it's got a 1000 other sounds that are incredible, but I must say, the pianos are awesome. Keep in mind this is a DEEP synth and the parameters that can be changed are many. If you do pick up the Motif, you'll need to download Studio Manager from the Yamaha website. It provides an easy to use interface for this beast.
I need this killer piano for recording soulful house music....no live gigs...
Understood. But you did specify a module, and if you're looking at a self-contained unit, I still think you're going to be hard pressed to beat the RP-X sounds. In order to do better you're going to have to go with something like Ivory or some other sample library.
Roland P-330 or MKS-20. Basically the same unit, only thing that differs is the the size of the rack casing, one is 1U the other 2U.
Classic House piano sound IMO. Real hard and gritty.
. i have 2 mks-20s love them.
Motif Rack ES is great. Roland Fantom, Akoustic Piano and IVory are great soft synths. The Kurzweil Micro Piano is an excellent unit. you can get them for $75. on Ebay. Emu and oberheim had similar piano units. The ensonir MR Rack is also great. very inexpensive.