Sorry for the confusing title, but let me explain what I'm looking for.
I use Nuendo to compose my music in, and a lot of my music is of the orchestral variety (either sampled or live).
Usually I'll start to sketch out some ideas by playing a piano patch on my trusty old XV-5080. I use the XV Grand for this and have made a few variations on the patch (there are mellower versions of the samples in the internal soundbank).
This sounds okay, but the velocity switching is quite obvious and eventhough it is a pretty good sampleset, it is not the most expressive of pianosounds, obviously because the had to reduce it to fit it in with the rest of the internal sounds.
Though I have a few samplelibraries, I need to keep the piano sound outside of nuendo, for various reasons:
A) since my sessions are very heavy (3-4 full instances of Kontakt2, 1 or 2 Altiverbs and various EQ's and compressors) my latency needs to be set quite high, which means responsiveness isn't great.
B) Memory; with those Kontakt instances, there's no memory left
C) I need access to the piano sound regardless of what Nuendo is doing, as inspiration might strike at any moment; I just want it there all the time.
I have a second computer but that is filled to the rim with Gigastudio stuff.
So, to come to the actual question, I'm considering the following:
a) Getting the Roland SRX-11 board. Afaik, this is based on the RD-900 sampleset and the demos sound good. Downside is that it's still only a 64mb set and has 4 velocity layers, which I don't know whether that's enough. Also, for what it is I find it quite expensive!!!
b) Getting a 128mb Sampleset that I can load into my XV. As it is pretty much permanently on anyway, this is a viable option.
So, what would you guys suggest? Also, what 128mb piano libraries are there and what can you recommend? I know of things like Pianoteq, but for how I want to use things, that's not an option right now.
Thanks for your time!