Firstly, my apologies for starting yet another piano thread, but I have been saving my pennies, and want to make sure I purchase a sample set I will be happy with. (have been burnt several times before!)
I have been using East West’s Bosendorfer and Steinway B for quite a while now, and although I am reasonably happy with them, I expect the newer piano samples would be a big improvement. (I play jazz piano)
It appears either Kip’s Bosendorfer Imperial or Michael’s Grandioso are the way to go. I will not ask which one is “better” as I am fully aware it is a matter of personal taste.
However, before I purchase, I would like to get opinions from anyone who has either library, and possibly how they compare to East West Bos and Steinway.
Thanks for your input, but I was more interested in those who have Kip\'s Bosendorfer or Michael\'s Grandioso, and could make comments on each. Also hopefully to be able to compare them to the older East west Bos and steinway B, and whether there has been a marked improvement...
I can’t keep repeating myself enough: the Bosendorfer Imperial and Grandioso Steinway D are two different grand pianos. There is IMO no question of which one is better. They are both very well recorded and edited samples of acoustic grands and they offer a very realistic sampled grand. They both do. Now these two grand piano differ in many aspects. Some musicians perform on Steinway grands only, other prefer the Bosendorfer. With these two you have –say- 90% of the top-pianists choices of pianos.
Now I can imagine you want a piano that fits best with your specific needs and I cannot judge that from my position.
The best starting point would be to listen to the demo files we provide of both libraries.
Post Musical Instruments decided to make an audio cd that shows some of the GRANDIOSO Steinway D recorded music in CD-quality for your evaluation. If you send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org we’ll send you the free audio CD.
Thanks for that Michael, but if you read my original post, I said, quote.......
\"I will not ask which one is better as I am fully aware it is a matter of personal taste.\"
What i really wanted to know was if those who have purchased these libraries are happy with them, and secondly, if there has been much of an improvement since the days of the East West libraries.
I have almost decided to buy both now, despite the fact that it will accelerate my forthcoming divorce :-))
One key difference between the EW pianos and Michiel\'s/Kip\'s is the addition of release-triggered samples. I have Kip\'s Bosy, and the release samples on that instument add a polish to the final sound not found with the EW pianos. I hope to get Michiel\'s Steinway soon as that has release samples and additional \'ambient\' layers, I believe.
My recommendation is that you buy them both as they\'re both so different - and compared to the price of a physical digital piano, quite affordable.
Have taken your advice Stephen, and have just ordered BOTH Michiel\'s Grandioso and Kip\'s Bosendorfer. (My bank manager says thankyou :-))
Anyone whose passions are contemporary jazz and Indian curries must know what they are talking about :-)