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  • Joe A
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    Most Steinway D virtual instruments will capture the basic quality of that particular piano, but they'll all sound, and importantly, play a little differently. I like Modartt's pianos because their dynamic response feels more smooth and even to me than some sampled pianos, thanks to the modeling technology, but many high-end sampled pianos are equally good -- a lot of it is up to personal preference. Since there are no samples involved, you can install a demo of the Modartt software that includes all the available pianos and try it out and compare before taking the plunge.. And yes, the Modartt plug-in [AU version] can be used in GarageBand.
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  • Student492426
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    Thanks once again Joe.
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  • Student492426
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    Hi again Joe. I hate to bother you again, but do you know any other websites that offer steinway piano sounds? Also, which out of all is the best steinway piano sound, for recording piano? Do you think that the the modartt is the best? Thanks again, man.
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  • Student492426
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    I found other steinway sounds from different companies. Such as: https://www.productionvoices.com/product/concert-grand-le/ https://www.kvraudio.com/product/authorized_steinway_virtual_concert_grand_piano_by_garritan https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Synchron_Pianos_Bundle/Concert_D
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  • Joe A
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    Yes, probably every sample library offers some kind of Steinway piano -- quick searches for 'steinway piano virtual instrument' and 'steinway piano sample library' turned up several dozen. I'd expect all would have audio demos on their websites..
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  • Student492426
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    Hi Joe. I came across a message board on the internet where the best steinway sound was debated and pretty much they all said that the modartt is the best. I will probably go for that. Also Joe, when you talk about the piano D having a bigger low end, what do you mean exactly? Do you mean more keys on the lower end? It wouldn’t surpass 88 keys, right? When you say bigger low end, do you mean a more pronounced and stronger sounding lower end, of the bass clef, in particular, the lower end of it? Thanks so much man, for all the help. Your the only one here who helps me.
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  • Joe A
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    Hi - That's exactly what I meant, slightly richer, fuller-sounding low notes in the bass range, typical of a 9' grand as opposed to a smaller 6' grand. As far as I know, the only piano that actually has a range that extends below the usual 88 keys is the Boesendorfer Imperial Grand, which goes down to the C below the normal lowest [A] note on a piano [97 notes].
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  • Student492426
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    Thanks so much!
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  • Student492426
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    I downloaded the free trial, but I was only able to use it with the program itself, without figuring out how to upload it on garageband. When you download and buy the version, is there a way to connect it with garageband, or does it function separately? Thanks again.
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  • Joe A
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    Re: Steinway piano sound
    To use a 3rd-party instrument in GarageBand here's what you do.. - Install the instrument -- the install should include several plug-in formats, including the AudioUnit [AU] format which GB uses - Create a new Software Instrument track in GB - Open the Smart Controls panel at the bottom [View menu > Show Smart Controls, or shortcut: B] - Down in the Smart Controls panel open the Plug-ins tab - In the pulldown menu go to AU Instruments, find the Instrument manufacturer, and select the Instrument - You should now be able to play the Instrument [if it's a demo version you may have to respond to an authorization prompt, but you should be able to tell it to run as a demo]
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