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*Price & Size : 199 USD, 10 GB *Sampled Piano : Unkown(A Concert Grand Piano) *Sampler : Kontakt *Rate : Aver. 7.0 (Volume 6 / Sound 7 / Body 8 / Response 7 / Dynamic 7)
Hello piano lovers. This is Keunyoung Song again with another brand new piano VST from Cinesamples. Are you a big fan of "Piano in blue"? Then, you don't want to miss this new piano VST from Cinesamples.
They say this VST was sampled in the same studio where "Piano in Blue" was recorded which is MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. Also, they used the same technologies and microphones from "Piano in Blue".
In Cinesamples' website, there is no mention about the sampled piano's model name, but they only mention they sampled a concert grand piano. But when I heard it the first time, I guess it seems like it is a Steinway Model D. I would be so much grateful if you could tell me which piano was sampled actually for this VST when you have a chance to read this review.
Well, let's talk about the sound. One word. Warm. There is no other word that can express this VST perfectly. I've played lots of warm character's piano VST so far, I guess this one is on top when we only talk about the warmness. That means it may perfectly fit for cinematic and game scores. Especially low registers sound awesome personally.
Actual size on my SSD is only 10 GB(After compressed for Kontakt samples of course). It is not a huge library compared to other new massive libraries such as VSTs from Production Voices, Embertone and VSL. But it doesn't sound light at all. Very rich and full. But the sound sustains rather short that you may not like it if you prefer long sustain. Personally, I like the long sustain but sometimes I need short sustainable sound as well like the sample song I embedded.
About the dynamics, it is not super sensitive but it is not dull either. Especially throughout the whole registers, the dynamic is leveled equally so that most of the classical scores could be played seamlessly I guess.
UI is very simple and intuitive that you don't need to read the manual about the features.
In the sample video, I played one of my favorite Disney Song, "When she loved me" from Toy Stroy 2. First I played the song with Garritan CFX Full, but its long sustain and rich ambient didn't go well with the song. So I changed the VST later to CinePiano and I pretty much enjoyed it.
About the setting for the sample song, after loading the 1st patch, I switched on all microphones except close mic and maneuvered the velocity curve a bit upward. Check below for more details. About the plug-ins, I used Waves H-Reverb and L1 Ultramaximizer.
Are you are a fan of "Piano in Blue" and looking for a warm piano sample that may fit for cinematic scores? Why don't you try this one? It is really light to use and also the loading time is quite quick.
Thanks for your review, and for your demo which was played with a sensitive touch. A really heartfelt piece of music. I was a late adopter of the CinePiano and it’s a wonderfully warm and resonant sampled piano. You can really hear the Sony Scoring Stage space in the samples, which gives it a lot of natural depth that you can’t really achieve by applying a reverb plugin to a close mic sampled piano. Despite it being a fairly light-weight sampled piano in terms of sample size/velocity layers, it is in my opinion one of the most playable and realistic sounding sampled pianos for less complicated playing/compositions.
FYI, Piano in Blue was sampled in the old Clinton Recording Studios in midtown Manhattan, not the Sony Scoring Stage, but yes, the same mic techniques were used, which was a wise decision in my opinion. Also, both pianos are New York Steinway D 274cm concert grands. Piano in Blue being a 1949 make, and CinePiano being a more modern manufactured Steinway (ie. 10-20 years old AFAIK)
Thanks, Craig for the information. I thought CinePiano was recorded in the same room with Piano in Blue. And also thank you so much for the model name of this library. I thought it sounded like Steinway D, but I was not sure.
Have you tried PV Concert Grand? I think this one has the most realistic New York Steinway D sound among tens of thousands of Steinway samples in the market. Now this VST is one of my main piano VST
I have the PV Concert Grand Compact which is very impressive, but have not bought the full version yet. It's a very clear sounding piano, and very well defined. The Steinway D piano was used as a concert tour piano before being sampled by Jason at Production Voices, so it's been well played in. Glad to hear you're enjoying it. Sounds tempting for me to consider the full version