If I get Ivory, is it going to blow away the piano sample libraries I have in GS? I cut an instrumental piano record a few years back using EastWest SteinwayB (sounded great after it got mixed and mastered by professionals), and I have a pretty decent Yamaha. But these samples have their quirks.. So will it be worth my while to go with a dedicated piano plug-in?
I was thinking of putting it on by GS platform (Music XPC) instead of using it directly as a plug-in on my Mac G5 for Logic or ProTools. Any advice?
I went through the same quandry; is it worth the bucks to see if Ivory is better than GS pianos (I was using Old Lady). The answer is easy: yes. There is no comparison. Ivory is the first virtual piano that is actually gratifying to play in the midrange. The better virtual pianos all sound good in the bass and treble, but the midrange always sounded artificial and harsh. Ivory got it right. I say, spend the money, it's worth it.
B3 is right about the midrange - it sounds brittle on all but the best pianos. But there are now others in the same league as Ivory. Different but in the same league. Art Vista's Virtual Grand, Post Bosendorfer Grandioso are the two I've tried, but there are probably others.