This weekend I added a new acoustic piano to my virtual instrument collection. (It doesn’t take up as much physical space as a real grand piano, but I am running out of hard drive space…)
Based on my reviewing of samples online, the Galaxy Vintage D is one of the most authentic-sounding virtual piano instruments available today. For the past few years I have been using the Native Instruments Akoustik Piano Concert Grand, so I thought a direct A/B comparison would be in order:
You can listen and draw your own conclusions of course, but I hear the Galaxy Vintage D offering a smoother tone, with better sampling at the extreme ends of the dynamic range: both the very soft and very loud passages sound more realistic than on the Native Instruments Concert Grand.
But acoustic piano isn’t only played in a solo environment. In a full mix with multiple other instruments, the realistic subtleties of the Vintage D might be lost.
Both piano instruments offer a variety of settings to tweak to change the tonality. Here I used the default concert grand settings for the Vintage D, and the default Overtones by Olivier settings for the Native Instruments Concert Grand. Note also that this is the older version of the NI Concert Grand, from the Akoustik Piano package; the newer New York Concert Grand is based on this, but has supposedly been modified in some way.