I am starting a project which involves arrangements for THREE pianos. It will be mixed both in stereo and in 5.1 surround. I use a Windows environment.
The choice of sampled pianos out there is driving me crazy! All of the demos sound pretty good, though I have to admit that the Sythogy Ivory samples really seemed to stand out, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.
So, I ask you cranky old experts:
1. Which sampled piano(s) should I be considering for purchase? Price is no object ... well, it is, of course, but none of the pianos I've seen are so horribly expensive that I can't consider them.
2. How would YOU mix THREE pianos in a stereo/5.1 product? A piano in each front speaker, with ambience in the back?
3. Does anyone know when Ivory for Windows is REALLY shipping?
Thanks in advance for any help!