Still looking for the right rock piano sound. I\'m not searching for a sound that will do the Chuck Berry lick or a bright pop\\dance sound. I still want something with a very clear midrange and liquid (sorry) treble without much verb.
Part of what I don\'t hear in the midrange may stem from the mics: Small diaphrams, Bruce Richardson says in another post, and adds that no one brings pop and rock engineers in to engineer piano samples. All I want (sorry again) is the sound of Joni Mitchell\'s piano on Blue--clearly articulated bass notes, a clear but not brittle or verbed middle and liquid, not crisp, and\\or verbed highs. I love the mp3\'s of the piano libraries that I hear, but I want a different sound. The wonderful multisample demos I hear are very even in tone across the keyboard, but they seem, to my often inaccurate ears, to bring out the less than desirable qualities of Yamaha grands--the general brightness becomes a thinness when you want to play a fairly simple song with very little verb: I try to imagine how \"Yesterday\" or \"I Wish I had River\" would sound on these pianos, and I can\'t imagine it being good. The main problem, for me, is that the treble notes have little body.
I think I have the best pianos for this music--the Vintaudio uprights, the Plugsound keyboards vsti, and the VRsounds Vienna piano (the singer\'s perspective does it for me). All of these are very, very good. I\'ll be playing them for a very, very long time and I find them inspiring and subtle. At the same time, I still want something somehow simpler and more basic that I could sit down to write music with. I don\'t want sheen, but instead less brittleness and verb in the octaves above middle C--maybe a good Hamburg Steinway that isn\'t too dark, or an upright Steinway. All three of the piano sets I mentioned come close, but somehow I miss something.
Maybe I should be asking questions instead of saying all of this--what piano set would everyone use to play a simple \"Let It Be\" or \"I Wish I Had a River,\" or \"Blue\"?