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Old 03-28-2008, 05:21 AM   #342
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Originally Posted by midiholic View Post
Anyone know of any good FREE Piano VST Instruments?
There's a million synths, just looking for a good sounding Piano

Just 2 suggestions:
- on the "light" side, you can try Prova

- on the (very) heavy side, try the SynthFont VSTi ( with the Maestro Concert Grand sample bank (available here:

From the site: "So, the Maestro Concert Grand v2 is a big giga bank using 792 stereo samples of a concert piano, a Yamaha CF3, recorded with two Neumann KM84 microphones, disposed in X/Y, with 5 velocity layers, and weighs 932 MB ! The piano alone, without release samples, weighs 887 Mb and 440 samples. The release samples are 352 and weigh 45 MB. You can play with or without them."

You need SynthFont to play these samples (.gig format). It takes a few hours to download the library...

Using SynthFont (the VSTi version) in Reaper is not straightforward, because Reaper crashes when you close the VST window (if you have made any modifications to it - at least, this is what happens to me - and I don't know if the crash is a Reaper or a SynthFont problem). So, follow these steps:
- create a track
- save your project (remember, Reaper will crash...)
- open the effects window, choose synthfont
- select the sound bank
- close the effect window -> Reaper crashes...
- reopen your project, reopen the effects window, re-select SynthFont
- You're done ! If you open Synthfont, you'll see that the bank is still here. If you don't do any other modification, you can close the window, and Reaper won't crash this time.

Warning: SyntFont doesn't use disk streaming, which means that the entire sample set is loaded in memory. On an empty project, with just SynthFont and the sound bank, Reaper takes about 1Gb RAM. It is the price to pay for a really good free piano... This also means that Reaper will take some time to start.

Enjoy !

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