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I should soon be receiving my Piano de Voyage and in the spirit of keeping it small and light for travel, was thinking the my iPhone would be a good choice to host the VST. I've done a little web searching and a lot of folks have praised Ravenscroft 275 as the best available. However, most of these reviews are about two years old. Does this still stand as the best? It seems to be the only dedicated piano VST that I can find on the app store, but others have talked about getting an iOS VST host then upload a VST to the device.

Would love opinions, and samples if you have them!


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Originally Posted by Chrispy
It seems to be the only dedicated piano VST that I can find on the app store

There are plenty of other piano apps (technically, they are not VSTs), some dedicated to pianos (like Crudebyte Colossus), some multi-sound (like Korg Module, which has numerous sounds but has a version of the Ivory grand piano as an available option). You might find this interesting:

https://forum.audiob.us/discussion/26407/the-piano-poll-part-2-with-new-samples/p1

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others have talked about getting an iOS VST host then upload a VST to the device.

I don't know what this refers to... there is no VST host available for iOS.

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Originally Posted by Chrispy
I should soon be receiving my Piano de Voyage and in the spirit of keeping it small and light for travel, was thinking the my iPhone would be a good choice to host the VST. I've done a little web searching and a lot of folks have praised Ravenscroft 275 as the best available. However, most of these reviews are about two years old. Does this still stand as the best? It seems to be the only dedicated piano VST that I can find on the app store, but others have talked about getting an iOS VST host then upload a VST to the device.

Would love opinions, and samples if you have them!


Congratulations on the purchase of the Piano de Voyage! I am using Ravenscroft 275 on both an iPad and on my iPhone. The iPad can play a little louder than the iPad version if you’re going to play without headphones. Actually, you need a little breakout box for the iPhone since there is no separate headphone jack like on the iPad. I’m happy with Ravenscroft but haven’t looked for other options.

As for pedals, don’t get the Yamaha FC3A, as it supports incremental pedaling and does not work with the Piano de Voyage. I returned it and ordered that FC4A, which should work but I have not received it yet.

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I don't know what this refers to... there is no VST host available for iOS.


OK, I'm new at this, so I may be mixing up my terms. I was looking at apps that could host SF2 (SoundFont I guess?) which I thought was a format for VST's. bismark bs-16i is an example of an app that can load SF2 files. And there are a variety of SF2 pianos.

Thanks for the link, that's super useful!


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Congratulations on the purchase of the Piano de Voyage! I am using Ravenscroft 275 on both an iPad and on my iPhone. The iPad can play a little louder than the iPad version if you’re going to play without headphones. Actually, you need a little breakout box for the iPhone since there is no separate headphone jack like on the iPad. I’m happy with Ravenscroft but haven’t looked for other options.

As for pedals, don’t get the Yamaha FC3A, as it supports incremental pedaling and does not work with the Piano de Voyage. I returned it and ordered that FC4A, which should work but I have not received it yet.


Great info, thanks! I was indeed just thinking about a breakout box so I could have headphones and usb connection at once smile And that's really useful to know about the pedal, I hadn't thought about that. I have a Roland Go:Piano and replaced the pedal it came with with a DP-10 because the pedal it comes with a is a little sewing machine footswitch smile I think it's a DP-2, but it's compact and momentary, so that might be perfect for the setup. I'll have to try it when I get the Voyage.


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Originally Posted by Chrispy
I was looking at apps that could host SF2 (SoundFont I guess?) which I thought was a format for VST's. bismark bs-16i is an example of an app that can load SF2 files. And there are a variety of SF2 pianos.

Ah, yes. there are apps that can load soundfonts.

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You’re welcome.

By the way, the whole kit fits nicely in an Osprey 40L Farpoint backpack, which is approved for carryon use:

Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014EBM3KA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_bDJiEb0E09QE3

Thanks to Tyrone for suggesting this backpack.

I think I posted some pictures of it. It’s not a cheap bag but it should last a long time. It has a lot of compartments and has a hip belt.

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Originally Posted by Chrispy

OK, I'm new at this, so I may be mixing up my terms. I was looking at apps that could host SF2 (SoundFont I guess?) which I thought was a format for VST's. bismark bs-16i is an example of an app that can load SF2 files. And there are a variety of SF2 pianos.


The only app I've found that can work with large soundfonts (SFZ) is Auria Pro, which has a built-in player Lyra that can stream samples from storage. I use it as my main piano on iOS as I have created some very large (5GB) soundfonts adapted from my favourite VSTs that sound much more to my liking than the bright Ravenscroft (which I also have and still like).

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Originally Posted by Smaug

The only app I've found that can work with large soundfonts (SFZ) is Auria Pro, which has a built-in player Lyra that can stream samples from storage. I use it as my main piano on iOS as I have created some very large (5GB) soundfonts adapted from my favourite VSTs that sound much more to my liking than the bright Ravenscroft (which I also have and still like).


Thanks, I will definitely check that out!


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Instruments: Yamaha N1X, Kawai ES110, Roland GO:PIANO, Piano de Voyage

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