Maybe a better title might be "here are 3 good ones that I like." There are so many new ones and good ones out there, that I doubt anyone could ever really say which is "best."
I heard good things about the Alicia Keys one and the price is fairly cheap for what you get. On the synthtopia site, someone had posted a really long you tube review of it, and it sounded really good. Also, the sampling was done by Scarbee, who has a well deserved excellent reputation for high quality sampling.
There's so many new ones coming out, who can keep track?
I've been listening to torleys demos too for a couple days and I really like it. And yes it seems like a great deal for under $100. I've only listened with cheap PC speakers so I am not sure of drop off sounds. I am glad to see the inclusion of more piano behaviors. So far three of my favorite of all the pianos I have are, The white grand by sampletekk and Kawai Ex pro by Acoustic samples and QL Pianos. But I would definitly be adding this to my collection in the near future. And also the Garritan steinway is another one I would like to get my hands on as well. One of the problems I am facing right now is my DAW is quite outdated and my latency settings are getting unacceptably annoying.
Torley actually acknowledges the clicks, right at the end of the review - I hadn't noticed that during the first listen. He does not put the blame on the video grabbing - just seems to think it is a taxing instrument.
There's an interesting new you tube video with Herbie being brow beat by some marketing person into saying that he likes the new Alicia keys piano. I saw it over at the synthtopia site, I don't think I have permission to post links here.
Anyway, he doesn't say that he dislikes it, and he seems to be impressed.
For the Alicia's Keys, is there a way to lower "release samples" volume? I find them so loud.
And i feel as if they (the release) are always in late. Were they programmed with a keyboard which has velocity release?
If in the video, Alicia's Keys is played with a keyboard that doesn't manage velocity release (whereas it's programmed to be played with such a keyboard), that would explain why release sounds too exagerated.