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    What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    Hi

    I produce music mainly in the Country and Gospel fields, kind of the Nashville sound I suppose you'd say. I need a great really bright sounding piano. Anyone who listens to this kind of music will know that you need a seriously bright sounding piano. Mostly they sit in the mix pretty much as dry as you can get it FX-wise too. By bright sounding I really do mean bright sounding. No mellowness whatsoever. For this music in terms of the piano, mellow means dull.

    A few years ago I bought the Bardstown Bosendorfer and later the PMI Bosendorfer believing them to be the brightest quality sampled grands out there. I am increasingly frustrated at how far short my recordings sound in the piano department from the sound I want. The Bardstown is the brighter of the two but still nowhere near the level I need. Plus I can hear the room it was recorded in, which makes it sound wrong in my mixes also.

    Help please. I'm sure "what's the best sampled grand" question is one that has been aired many times, but usually I read about how great and mellow such and such a piano is. That's not word sound I want to hear.

    Thanks in advance.
    Zoffmeister

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    Re: What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    Hi Zoffmeister,

    The ones that come to my mind right now are:

    1) Sampletekk White Grand, and
    2) Akoustik Piano (Bosendorfer and Bechstein)

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    Re: What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    Ilio Double Platinum Piano

    http://www.ilio.com/ilio/dppiano/index.html

    Older library. If it's not bright enough you may want to consider replacing tweeters or getting your hearing checked <g>. From what I recall this one is almost painful.

    I've noticed a lot of the libraries have "bright" piano's based on the highest velocity samples coupled with eq. You may have to dig through the various patches to find one you like or edit them for the same results.

    Ernie

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    Re: What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    add a high shelf to the sample to get brightness out of it, be careful in choosing your room sound too. Stienways are bright pianos.
    All I can Say is...HA!...HA!...HAAAAAAA!!!!!

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    Re: What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    I can't think of a brighter piano out there than the Gigapiano II!!!

    giga...

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    Re: What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    Another vote for The White Grand.

    Or the White Sister (my favorite).

    Mark

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    Re: What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by gigagagga
    I can't think of a brighter piano out there than the Gigapiano II!!!
    Yeah, I second that. Also check out Rain Piano.

    - G

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    Re: What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark LaPierre
    Another vote for The White Grand.

    Or the White Sister (my favorite).

    Mark
    Mark: How would you compare/contrast the Grand/Sister?
    JP

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    Re: What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    I had the same issue for playing live. The problem on some of these sample libraries is the low velocities are just too round to cut through, or they are going for a concert grand, distant mic'ed sound. I found that using the top four velocity layers or so of sampletekk's TBO or TSO yeilds a really musical piano that cuts extremely well, even without eq. That's all I play live now.

    Top bright pianos:
    Sampletekk TSO or TBO
    Sampletekk White Grand/White Sister
    Art Vista Virtual Grand (Gospel or Billy Preston Settings)
    Eric Matlock
    ericmatlock.com

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    Re: What's the Brightest sounding Grand Piano out there?

    I always felt that the Yamaha grand in Ivory was pretty heavy on high frequencies.

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