Continuous Velocity Piano is based on spectral morphing.
Eliminating the need for many bulky, discrete sample layers, spectral morphing technology produces continuous, spectral variation by processing only a single baseline sample velocity.
Using the baseline as a starting point, the spectral morphing filters then dynamically interpolate frequency characteristics, which can then be continuously morphed during and after musical notes are played. The result is far greater musicality with over ten times the amount of dynamic expression. Another benefit is that instruments are much smaller in memory consumption, yet with greater playability and realism.
The Piano is a KAWAI grand piano, 7'4", residing in Electric LarryLand Studios, Austin, TX. The piano had been recently rebuilt, and is known for it's shimmering, clear tone. It has been used on many recordings made by nine-time Grammy winning engineer, Larry Seyer.
Indeed one of the best, most natural pianos I have tried. Doesn't have that annoying pop sound neither that old battered granny sound. It's perfect. I prefer it over my Sampletekk Black (to be perfectly honest). Problem was I screwed around a bit with the ASIO drivers now it will only start up if I have my external soundcard plugged in, otherwise it will crash booting up.
Hello people rather than say yay I got it working and that's it. I'll tell you how to do it. You must use the install setup and when it ask about where to put the plugins you browse and direct it toward the vst plugins folder on your C drive then you can use it in fl studio. It will put the extra files you need in there. During setup you have to select the driver asio. I hope this info helps.
Windown 7(home,premium). FL Studio 4.1(Producer edition). Channel --> Add one --> more --> select under VST plugins: CVPiano GVI-Modeled --> refresh --> Fast scan --> Go back to Add --> Select CVPiano from the list then it says FL STUDIO ENGINE LAUNCHER STOPPED WORKING. And can only close the program. It does load for second then crashes.
Superb!.. works very well after taking some time to set it up properly. Running it with Reaper with my Novation XIO as a controller on a Win7 based lappy. Sound is very good, and certainly fit for my purposes.
Works great standalone on vista32 once i learnt how to turn those obtrustive sustain pedal release noises off! http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/showthread.php/56068-Found-out-how-to-kill-the-thump-noises-in-Tascam-s-CVPiano
Anybody using this in Windows 7? Tried compatibility mode, etc. and it crashes on every startup, as VST or standalone.
AlicornBob May 23 2012
Have you tried running Windows 7's compatibility check on the program? I haven't tried the program yet myself, but if I encounter any problems, I'll let you know what I figure out.
(lol. Amazon.com ad knows I like ponies. Silly advertisement, I already have "Royal Canterlot Wedding".)
Thank you very much for this free Piano Software!! Been pluging this piano plugin to my Laptop and Portable Keyboard and I frequently use it in our jamming. I can't believe CVPiano has an on-screen velocity control ^_^ It helped alot for my keyboard w/ no touch response. This is brilliant! Long-live CV-Piano!
Defenetly the best free Piano VSTi I've ever used. I'm running FL Studio on a Windows 7 x64 computer with intigrated Realtek HD sound-card (Asio4All Enabled) and it just workes better than I'd ever imagine. BIG THUMBS UP! If you ask me, the producers could charge $500 without ANY problem for this nice pease of work! ;-)
Wow, I've tried installing this in the past on my XP and Vista systems and it's been a total crash-fest. But I just installed it on my Windows 7 (using it in Reaper) and it works like a charm. I have to agree with some of the other posters here, it's definitely the best free piano out there. I'm very happy with it.
- I have an Eeepc 900, Win XP SP3, 900MHz processor, 1G RAM : So far, so good !
- Works fine as a standalone and as a VSTi plugin in Reaper too.
- I downloaded the toolkit here (rather than the latest official microsoft version)
- Then again used the tips here, simple and clear :
- Took me a few hours to get the right latencies, but by far the best free piano vst around (ever, i think).
- My asio4all (v2.10) config :
- Audio input deactivated
- 512 for all samples (buffer and latency)
- Internal buffers : 4
- force WDM to 16 bits (or not)
- Some tweaking yet to be done as indicated in hte youtube video for exeample but...
- Thanks Tascam, vst4free, and all contributors for making it real.
I had no problems installing as stand-alone or as VST in Sonar X1 Studio. I think it sounds very good apart from an annoying low frequency rumble as keys are released, almost like the bars moving in the piano! I cannot get rid of it, which is a shame, as otherwise it's great.
Luke Jan 19 2012
Hello Greg, after installing this VST on my computer today I can only agree with your comments regarding the low frequency noise when releasing the keys.
This low frequency rumble can be removed completely by the following steps -
Load a piano module into CVP piano, ie. "CV Piano Normal"
Click the Edit option, between 'mixer' and 'FX' towards the top right of the window
Click on the 'General' tab below Volume, Pan and Tune
Directly below this, there are two yellow indicator strips, the top one being 'velocity', and the one beneath having an accessible menu via an arrow pointing downwards.
Click on this arrow and choose each of the effect control 1 and 2 options (12 and 13 in the list) and also the effect depth 1 to 5 options (91 to 95 in the list), making sure that each of these has a value of zero in the indicator strip to the right. This is done by clicking on the small black arrows positioned on either side of the yellow strip and moving the arrows to the left.
This removed the low frequency noise for me so it should work for you as well - I hope it does as the noise does ruin an otherwise good quality piano vst.
Kind regards, Luke
Anonymous Jan 20 2012
which software options are these, mixcraft 5.2, fl studio10 ??
Anonymous Feb 06 2012
Hello. The options mentioned previously are for the stand-alone programme, I haven't got CVP piano installed as a VST instrument so I'm not sure about that. I hope this helps, Luke.
AlicornBob May 23 2012
Speaking of installing this as a VST... How would I go about doing that? For LMMS? I'm just a newbie with these music synthesizer programs so I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing.
I thought this was pretty decent. Haven't tried it with a pedal yet. Good for the money. Anyone managed to update it? I tried running the GVI updates from the Tascam website, and it said there was no GVI installed.
Wonderful free piano. Thank you very much. I cannot complain about something that someone has spent so much time on and then given it away for free but I noticed a few niggles. No 'Help' on where to put the .dll file - [in the VST folder on Cubase] & the video & instructions are a bit brief but .... it's relatively easy to work the thing out. Thank you very much Tascam team.
Took me 3 hours to get it setup with sonar x1 just to play a sound and export the sound as an MP3. No wonder people abandoned the software. HOW? make an new file, load CVpiano vst, test in piano roll view ensure there is sound. Copy and paste midi into the file created you cannot insert CVpiano vst into a file that already have midi on it. When export mp3 ensure notes from all tracks are fully selected and export. There may be other ways to make it work but this is my way.
Once pass the frustration sound is excellent almost comparable with truepiano ($180) but crackling sound at max volume. Since it was a professionally developed free software can't really beat it with other free vst. Now I need to tweak it going to watch youtube.
Tweak it as described in the youtube video (see the comment on this page made on 28 August 2011 for the URL) and it sounds freaking phenomenal, very playable, great bottom end, I have a few hundred dollars worth of piano vstis and this one is just about the best I've heard. Can't belive it's free.
very nice, having some problems yet with setting velocity but
after I tweaked it according to this guy works very well.
Comparing it right now to pianoteq 4th generation.
The program itself works very well, but am I missing something? I think it kind of sounds like a cheap 8 bit casio keyboard, straight out of the shoot. Does anyone have some setup tips? Or are my expectations too high?
The best free Piano VST as of yet. Of course, no match for the commercial True Piano, Alicia's Keys, The Grand etc... But CV Piano beats the other free alternatives, if the goal is a classical piano sound and feel. But PLEASE see some tweak guides - fx. on youtube! The default settings stinks and there's no presets when you install it. I run my CV Piano perfectly on a 64-bit Windows 7, having used it with Sonar, Reaper and Cubase. Works like a time, quite stable.
V nice synth - shame it doesn't work on more then one channel at the same time tho. Mabey I can route the different channels inside the synth to different midi channels and only have one version open.
For all thoes saing "NO SOUND" try selecting a piano on every track inside the synth as it's not allways the first one that is the right one.
I have installed it into Cubase SL and without tweaking anything yet, it sounds excellent, thank you so much, only one thing, how can I cut down how much resource it requires? it seems to be grabbing way more than its fair share of my processor and as a result of this, I'm getting audio drop outs & glitches here & there.....
Tom, what linux/wine are you using? I've tried under Ubuntu 9.10. Had to install wine 1.2 beta to get 'round some gdiplus issues. Installed wineasio ok. When installing cvpiano had to change the instrument path from Z:.... to the pseudo C drive to get it to install cleanly. When I try to run it, the gui comes up ok, but when I try to load an instrument or do anything I get memory/page fault errors.
I could change my linux distribution to match yours, so a complete description of your system would be of interest. Thanks
I had trouble installing at first then followed tips in themeforest.net and deleted the Synchrosoft folder in WinZip then I chose to unzip all the rest individually into the same folder as the main program, and it worked.
I only use Xp SP2 in my setup with no upgrades at all.
It's a very complex gadget. I think it could take me a while to get into it. Glad I found the vst4free site, thanks. :)