The 27 Best & Free [Piano VST] Plugins in 2019

After a lot of research on finding the best and real Piano VSTs, I finally came up with a few ones that will sound at least similar to regular acoustic piano instruments. If you want to skip straight to the best free and paid Piano VSTs, just skip this section.

If you want to learn more about the fact and how to go about selecting the right one, I urge you to continue reading.

How Sounds Are Generated From a Virtual Piano Instruments

There are two ways of actually generating sounds from a Virtual Instruments; Either by Sampling or Synthesizing. Without any further ado, let me explain the two terms so that you would be able to differentiate on how sounds are generated from a Virtual Instruments.

Sampling

This is where a real piano sound of the instruments is recorded or sampled into a waveform and also playing back the waveform the way it was recorded.

A recorded piano sample won’t just sound the way you expected unless you have more variation of the real piano sound recorded.

The piano manufacturer sample the entire note on the keyboard for a different level of Velocity qualities of attack and more advanced effects to get a similar tone of the real piano instrument.

I want you to understand the fact that the acoustic piano is difficult to emulate and no Virtual instrument manufacturer would want to waste time and effort of getting it to sound exactly the way it would sound on a real piano instrument.

It would take extensive time, broad research and lots of money on actually getting it right.!

Well, it will sound right if you pay attention to note velocities. I have seen a lot of producers that make these silly mistakes, think of a real piano, the probability of playing two notes with the same velocity is very low.

The way you avoid computerized sounds is either using a Midi keyboard or adjusting the velocities directly from your DAW piano roll to give a human(realistic) feel to the sound (e.g. melody, chords, etc.).

Note: You don’t have to use the MIDI Keyboard, play around with the velocities to achieve realistic playing.

A computer program can modify itself, but it cannot violate its instructions — it can at best change some parts of itself by *obeying* its guidelines.
Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/computer

 

Synthesis

Check out this article for broader insight on a Subtractive Synthesizer.

This type generates a waveform (Sine, saw, Square wave, etc.) and combine them, and then routing to the filter section for subtraction and addition of frequency and other effects to result in a distinct waveform that represents the sound that you are imitating. E.g. a piano sound, flute, lead, etc.

Which One Should I Choose?

If you are a classically trained pianist, then perhaps you can go for a specific model you are used to. For example, if you love Concert Grand Piano, then you should check out different types of Concert Grand Piano VST, although the model and sounds may differ.

If you are a regular guy that doesn’t want to be stuck with the actual model that was recorded, then a synthesizer would be a great fit for you, but that does not mean you can switch to your choice.

That said, there is no wrong and right way on the Piano VSTs you choose. I hope you clearly understand the difference between sampling based Piano and Synthesis, check out the best free and paid ones below.

Note: This list contains both the free and paid Piano VST, I carefully researched the best ones, and I can’t guarantee the one that would soothe your experience or playing style, in my opinion, they are all great sounding Piano VSTs, go check ’em out!

Free Piano VST

1) Creepy Piano

Creepy Piano vst image

This free multi-sampled piano is designed by electroniksoundlab. Creepy Piano contains 22 highly designed presets. Features of Creepy Piano are as follows:

  • Supports Windows and Mac OSX
  • Include Lp filter for frequency control (low-pass)
  • ASDR for further tweaking
  • Reverb
  • Compatible with 64 and 32 bit
  • Multi-Sampled WAV 24bit
  • 100% Royalty free
  • Updated to V1..1.0

Download Creepy Piano VST

2)MDA Piano

MDA PIANO VST IMAGE

MDA PIANO is a free low CPU intensive VST piano by Smartelectronix It has a simple and effective piano module, which supports super-useful features like Decay, Release, Stereo width for pan positioning, gentle low-pass filter with the control of muffle parameter and more. Highlights of the MDA PIANO are as follows:

  • Option for changing the decay and release time
  • Stereo width control
  • Tuning: Controls for overall tuning amount
  • Velocity sensitivity
  • Muffle – Low-pass filter
  • Polyphony – Supports up to 32 voices.

Download MDA Piano VST

3) Glue Reeds

GlueReeds PIANO VST IMAGE

A lightweight virtual electronic piano instrument by Mokafix Audio. Glue Reed is based on Pianet mechanism concept-playing feel of a Pianet comes when the steel reeds are activated until they reach their point of release.

Features:

  • Velocity curve control
  • Control of sustain decay
  • Realistic Dynamic Response (RDR)

Download Glue Reeds Piano VST

4) Balthor Grand

Balthor_Grand PIANO VST IMAGE

Balthor peaks at no 17 in KVR Audio Developer Challenge in 2006, though this is long ago seriously, it is free and handy. Try the lightweight piano and feel it yourself.

Download Balthor Grand Piano VST

5) Cv Piano

cvpiano vst

Continuous Velocity (CV) Piano is a free GVI based instrument, it is based on a spectral morphing which continuously produces a spectral variation by processing only a single baseline sample velocity.

This beautiful piano features realistic dynamic expression and uses lower memory consumption, yet with greater playability and realistic sound.

Download CVPiano VST

6) VS Upright1

vs Upright-Piano-VST

Versilstudio(VS) Upright Piano is a light-weight piano sampled from an Upright Piano.

VS Upright1 is a lightweight Piano that is designed primarily with a bright, clear tone and also a soft side in mind.

It may also be utilized as an overall Lightweight Upright Piano, the distinctively designed Piano features.

  • 3 Velocity layers
  • Full decays of up to 30 seconds recorded.

Download VS Upright1 Piano VST

7) DSK Akoustik Keys

DSK-AkoustiK-KeyZ

A free lightweight piano that features Grand piano, Concert piano P, and Concert Piano F. Interesting! It also supports some handy features, which are as follows:

  • Velocity response
  • Amp. envelope and micro-detuner
  • HP/LP Filter
  • 2 Fx (reverb & flanger)

Download DSK Akoustik Keys

8) 4front Piano

4front Piano VST

4front Piano has been one of the best free pianos I have ever laid my hands on, the reason why I love this piano is that it has no setting, yet it reproduces a timbre of an upright home piano.

This instrument utilized a small amount of memory and CPU usage and was found useful by many users and software developers as a plug&play piano module, which does not require any configuration or adjustment.

Download 4front Piano VST

9) City Piano

City Piano

 

City Piano is a Baldwin baby grand piano sampled upon 4 velocity layers.

Download City Piano VST

10) DPiano-A

DPiano-A_2

This is an acoustic piano that as a simple and easy to use interface.

Download DPiano-A VST

11) Skeratt London Piano

Skerratt-London-Piano VST

A free easy to use sampled upright piano

Download Skerratt-London Piano VST

12) Iowa Piano

Iowa Piano

A sampled piano based on the free samples from the University of Iowa. Simple UI and 3 velocity layers.

Download Iowa Piano

13) The Grandeur

The Grandeur VST IMAGE

Grandeur is a Kontakt based piano inspired by a Concert Grand Piano. This pleasing and great Kontakt library Piano brings a beloved Concert grand to life in a clear, brightly and soothing way.

This Piano was made and sampled into Kontakt with variation and velocity in mind giving the user to Control levels of pedals, damper, string, and hammer sounds.

The distinctively designed Piano features supplies over 2,500 individual samples and 18 velocity zones allow each note to come through with stunning realism.

Specification

  • The Grandeur Works with Kontakt Player 5 and higher, and as well as Kontakt Full version 5 and higher.
  • Product Type: Komplete Instrument

Contains

  • 5.26GB (Over 2, 500 individual samples)
  • 13.7GB of uncompressed WAV Audio
  • 18 Velocity zones

Price: $99

Buy The Grandeur Here

14) Una Corda

Una Corda VST

A one string per key contemporary piano by David Klavins in collaboration with composer Nils Frahm. This piano is useful for soundtrack scoring, electronic music, pop or jazz and many more.

Una Corda features an easy to use interface which gives user full control of the instrument parameters, select from three different sound banks that make a gentle tone with reduced attack noise, creating a crispy and smooth top-notch sound.

Specification

  • Una Corda Works with Kontakt Player 5 and higher, and as well as Kontakt Full version 5 and higher.
  • Product Type: Komplete Instrument

Contains

  • 10GB
  • 100 Snapshots, 3 NKIs

Price: $149.00

Buy Una Corda Here

15) Soundiron Emotional Piano

Soundiron-emotional Piano

This is a legendary grand piano based on Walnut-Bodied Kawai Grand Piano for its crispy. Rich and resonant tone. It can be used by upcoming and professional music producers for scoring, symphonic orchestration, and song-writing.

What I love about Soundiron Emotional Piano is the powerful user interface that gives you complete control over your sound, and a module for you to shape your sound.

Also, a robust Snapshot presets is included for common use cases and also provides almost and endless creative processes.

Specification

  • The Grandeur Works with Kontakt Player 5.5.2 and higher, and as well as Kontakt Full version 5 and higher.
  • Product Type: Komplete Instrument

Contains

  • 2.56GB (100 Snapshots)
  • 3 nki Kontakt instrument presets
  • 24 bit / 44.1kHz lossless NCW format samples

Price: $149.00

Buy Soundiron Emotional Piano Here

16) Ravenscroft 275 VI Labs

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Ravenscroft is a unique concert grand piano, that supplies over 17,000 samples and 4 discrete microphones, controlled from an easy to use UI.

It features a complete pedal control that is responsive and also gives almost accurate control of pedal and also allows you to sweeten the tonal colours with Una Corda or soft pedals.

Price: $199.00

Buy Ravenscroft 275 VI Labs Here

17) Spectrasonic Omnisphere

Spectrasonic omnisphere

An award-winning VST plugin is the first software synthesizer that would ever offer a feature from a hardware synthesizer.

Do you worry about using a hardware synth or hardware synth features? Worry no more, as Omnisphere transforms over 30 well-known Hardware synth into an extensive hands-on controller.

Omnisphere distinctively supplies over 14,000 sounds and also includes over 1,000 new patches to its ever-growing “Hardware Library,” this new presets is created by Eric Persing and Spectrasonics Sound Development team.

Also, omnisphere allows you to use your audio file as a sound source.

Features

  • Over 500 DSP Wavetables
  • Four Layers per patch!
  • New State Variable Filters
  • 8 LFOs, 12 ENVs, 34 Filter Types per part
  • Powerful New Granular Synthesis
  • Full FX Modulation
  • Doubled Mod Matrix
  • Standalone Application!
  • New Live Mode interface for touch screens
  • Enhanced Orb with Attractor mode

Price: $499.00

Buy Spectrasonic Omnisphere Here

18) Synthology Ivory II

SynthogyIvorII

Combines the world-class piano samples into a custom and easy to use interface. What I love about Synthology is that it has a collection of the word best grand piano, and also features an exceedingly distinctive and expanded sound library with double the velocity layer, making the creative process a lot easier.

Much effort has been taking in the making of Ivory II which includes expanded velocity levels (up to 18 per piano), additional soft pedal samples, and more release samples.

Price: $299.00

Buy Synthology Ivory II Here

19) TruePiano

truepiano VST

Truepiano is an easy to use Virtual instrument that is designed with an intuitive control that matches your playing style.

I find it hard to explain to friends why I love TruePiano. It has this crispy colour that blows my mind, you will only understand what I meant if you test this great VST Piano.

The complete version currently contains five piano module with advanced settings, that would make your music process faster.

Price: $129.00

Buy TruePiano Here

20) Cinesamples Piano in Blue

CINESAMPLES Piano in blue

Piano in Blue was inspired by Steinway Model D Concert Grand which used to live in the Columbia Records 30th Street Studios. This particular piano has played a critical and significant role in two albums, which are:

  • Glenn Gould “Goldberg Variations,” one of the best collection of all time and
  • Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” which forever altered the music.

Piano In Blue features:

  • 1949 Steinway D via Neve 8078 Console
  • 8 Velocity Layers Sampled Chromatically
  • Over 9300 samples
  • 3 Microphone Positions
  • Close/Vintage – 2x Neumann M49 near the lid
  • Mid – 2x B&K 4007 at the tail of the piano
  • Far – 2x Sennheiser MKH20′s in the hall
  • 2 Processing Paths (Tape; Direct in)

Price: $99.00

Buy Cinesamples Here

21) Pianoteq

Pianoteq PIANO VST

An award-winning Piano VST that can be used in both standalone modes and as an instrument plug-in in VST/AAX and also AU hosts.

What makes Pianoteq one of the best Piano Vst is that the instrument sounds realistic and can simulate the playability of an advanced behaviour of real acoustic instruments. Pianoteq was able to maintain the size of the product which other virtual instruments find challenging.

If you have been daunting to find a better realistic piano sounds, then I will suggest you opt-in for Pianoteq, you won’t be disappointed.

Features of Pianoteq

  • Physically modelled VST piano
  • Real-time sound generation
  • Full dynamics – no velocity switching
  • Play and sound just like the real piano
  • Unique tuning, voicing and design adjustments
  • Mic position, up to 5 mics
  • Multi-channel, up to 5 channels
  • Piano factory – easily create your piano
  • Many effects + a convolution reverb
  • Advanced preset and parameter manager
  • Unlimited perspectives
  • 64-bit versions available
  • Fast loading – less than 50 MB in size. Crazy!

Learn More and Buy Pianoteq Here

22) Addictive Keys

Addictive Keys

The world most inspiring and one-of-a-kind Piano Virtual instrument which can be used for songwriting, producing, and music production in a whole. Addictive Keys ships with tons of unique and inspiring presets.

If you find it challenging to design new sounds, then use presets, so you don’t lose the vibes if otherwise, the powerful sound design engine gives you a high capability and control over each instrument.

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X/macOS 10.7 or later (32/64 bit)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • Internet connection (during installation only)

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • Internet connection (during installation only)

Formats

  • VST, AU, AAX (32/64 bit)
  • Standalone Application
  • Supports VST, AU and AAX

Learn More and Buy Addictive Keys Here

23) The Giant

The Giant PIANO VST

A Kontakt Piano Library that was sampled from the Klavins Piano Model 370i. A sample-based Upright Piano that delivers an unseen and unheard library of great Piano samples.

Meet your favourite Piano buddy, and let it capture your style of playing, it also has detailed control options, and a dark, ‘alter-ego’ that is ideal for cinematic use. The most exciting thing about this Library is that you can easily modify the sounds to fit your production with over 40 meticulously tweaked presets that aids as a starter.

These unique sounds can be easily enhanced with detailed control options and a dedicated FX convolution engine with over 100 unique piano effect.

Specification

  • The Grandeur Works with Kontakt Player 5 and higher, and as well as Kontakt Full version 5 and higher.

Contains

  • 100 special piano effect impulse responses.
  • 40 meticulously-tweaked presets

Price: $99.00

Buy The Giant Here

24) Cinematic Studio Piano

Cinematic Studio Piano

A warm and realistic sound; sampled from Yamaha C7 Grand Piano. Cinematic Piano is recorded with care and features high-quality reverb and different microphone positions. An intuitive interface and realism sound that would match your playing style.

Price: $69.00

Buy Cinematic Studio Piano Here

25) Alicia’s Keys

Native Instrument - Alicia's Keys

The legendary superstar “Alicia Keys” in collaboration with Sample expert “Thomas Skarbye” (which is better known by scarbee) has both created an award-winning Virtual Piano that comes from Alicia’s Keys very own Yamaha­™ C3 Neo Grand Piano.

This is a unique soulful sound that has become one of the best Kontakt Library instrument in the world. Alicia Keys was sampled from her playing, recorded and supervised by her trusted engineer, “Ann Mincieli”, in her very own music studio.

Specification

  • Alicia’s Keys Library works with Kontakt Player 5 and higher, and as well as Kontakt Full version 5 and higher.
  • Product Type: Komplete Instrument

Contains

  • 6.9GB (Over 3, 000 individual samples)
  • 17GB of uncompressed WAV Audio
  • 12 Velocity Layer

Price: $99.00

Buy here: Native Instrument [Alicia’s Keys Kontakt Library]

26) Keyscape

Spectrasonic Keyscape

A remarkable Virtual instrument that combines the worlds leading Keyboard from “holy grail” piano to top-notch keyboards you didn’t even know existed. This is a dream come true for a musician, writers, and music producers who are ready to take it to the next level

Keyscape was deeply multi-sampled by the renowned Spectrasonics Sound Development Team, it distinctively supplies over 1,200 new patches to its ever-growing “Sound Library.”

Technical Specification

  • Integrates with Omnisphere 2
  • 36 Instrument Models and Hybrid “Duo” Patches
  • Gigantic Library of sounds
  • Mechanical Noise, Pedal Noise and Release Noise behaviour modelling
  • Patches feature authentic circuit modelled amplifiers and effects
  • Available as Download (77 GB) or Boxed USB Drives Edition
  • Optional “Lite” installation (30 GB) for stage use.

System Requirements

  • 2.4 GHz Intel dual core processor or higher (i7 recommended)
  • 8GB RAM minimum
  • Solid State Drive recommended
  • 80 GB of free hard drive space (30 GB for lite install)

Mac Users:

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher
  • AU, VST 2.4 or AAX-capable host software
  • 64-bit host

Windows Users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
  • VST 2.4 or AAX-capable host software
  • 64-bit host

Learn More and Buy Keyscape Here

27) Eighty Eight Ensemble

EightyEight_Ensemble

It as not been easy for Virtual Instrument developer to achieve a perfect realistic Virtual Piano Instrument. Eighty Eight Ensemble is an almost perfect recreation of the Steinway 9-foot CD 327 Grand Piano.

This meticulously sampled Virtual Instrument provides an opportunity for a pianist, music maker, producers and songwriters to integrate their playing style to Eighty Eight Ensemble.

What I like about this product is the MIDI Learn Mode. – easily integrate Eight Eight Ensemble MIDI mapping system with your favourite MIDI hardware controller.

Features

  • Deeply and expertly sampled
  • 16 velocity levels per note; over 1500 samples
  • 52 Solo Piano presets
  • 35 Combination patches with layered pad sounds
  • 16 Key Split Combis with bass/and or solo instruments
  • Pedal and Release element controls
  • Adjustable Limiter
  • 4-band EQ
  • Variable Reverb
  • 7 Velocity curves
  • MIDI Learn controller mapping
  • Integrated Patch Browser stores by attribute
  • 32- and 64-bit VST and AU support; RTAS and AAX Support

System Requirements

Windows

  • 2GB, 4GB or more Recommended
  • 25 Gigabytes free hard drive space (Download and Installation only)
  • A VST, RTAS (Pro Tools 10) or AAX (Pro Tools 11) compatible host application
  • Internet Access (For Download and Authorization only)

MAC

  • OS X Version 10.8.5-10.10
  • Core 2 Duo Processor or later; Core i5 or i7 Recommended
  • 2GB, 4GB RAM or more Recommended
  • 25 Gigabytes free hard drive space (Download and Installation)
  • A VST, AU, RTAS (Pro Tools 10) or AAX (Pro Tools 11) compatible host application
  • Internet Access (For Download and Authorization only)

Price: $69.99

Buy Eighty Eight Ensemble Here

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