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Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand Reviews

4.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • from LA California October 26, 2014Music Background:
    Pro musician, engineer, producer, arranger.

    Very Close

    I own a beautiful Yamaha C7, and there is still nothing that beats a real piano, but this is as close as I've heard. Really natural sounding samples, and an extremely flexible and musical engine (with great EQ, room options, reverb etc.) Also has faster loading smaller sample sets that still sound amazing. I usually use them to get the rough idea, or to track with, and then replace them with the bigger sound set to record to disk. The best sounding and an amazing value in my opinion.

  • from July 10, 2014Music Background:

    Better then Ivory!

    I love the piano! The quality is excellent! One of the best virtual pianos I've had the pleasure of playing. Much better then the other virtual pianos I've used in the past. You can play it for hours and it doesn't get old or tired on your ears.

    Favorite perspective is the Player microphone perspective with the room Mics turned all the way up. Close mics down. Closest thing to sitting in front of the piano and playing!

  • from California March 22, 2015Music Background:
    Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Engineer

    Not bad, but not geared towards pop/rock

    This piano is a good one to have in the arsenal. But for the genre's I mostly produce (pop, rock, country, indie) its not the best option. This has a very classical, jazz, soloist feel to it. It won't cut through the mix well, and it really doesn't have that in your face deepness yamaha's are well known for. The close mic positions have nearly no low end, they tailored this so the low end is all in the room mics. Again, great for classical or jazz when you need the ambience to be the center of attention. but opposite of modern productions. I was really kind of hoping that with 122gigs of sampling they would've made a little more effort for the modern styles. In contrast, I've had much better luck with AcousticSamples' C7, at weighs in at a tiny 4gigs (thanks to lossless compression).

    I feel like this would be really well suited to cinematic duties due to its excellent ambient quality, would be good for when you need a piano to be present but not distracting. So if that's your gig I think you'll like this. And if you're into jazz but are totally sick of all the Steinway American D libraries out there, and want something a little brighter in tone, I think this is the library for you. But for everything else I think you'd be wise to skip this one unfortunately. You wont get a ton of use out of it, its sort of the opposite of "intimate". I think they went overboard with the fact that this was done in Abbey Road. Being its biggest selling point, its also its biggest weakness. I won't really dive into playability because the library is nearly too large to consider for live tracking, certainly when uncompressed. But its fairly easy to dial in your ideal velocity, so its not a big deal to match the dynamics of a different VI.

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