OK, finally had some time to download and play.
Overall, nicely recorded and tonally balanced pianos; all a bit “covered” for my taste, but hey, I’m a rock/blues guy; we want our pianos to cut
Playability-wise, I’m a bit underwhelmed - the response to playing dynamics feels very constrained, no real response to the lower and higher end of the velocity range. Feels like going between mp and mf - “digging in” gives me no real feedback, and at the “lighter” end, it just starts out at mezzopiano with the lightest touches.
This may actually be quite helpful for recorded / sequenced MIDI parts, because the limited dynamic response will definitely even out any “bumpy” playing dynamics. But for my playing, it feels too limited to really enjoy.
Overall, the pianos sound pretty similar, with the exception of the Fazioli, which feels brutally “hard”. I like this kind of brilliance in the higher velocities (punches through in a mix), but at lower velocities, it just sounds brutal. So again, a nice option for pre-recorded parts, but not really enjoyable to play.
And I’ve found that I am really missing the build-up of resonances when playing big chords, arpeggios or runs (think “trainwreck” ending…) - without resonances, the sound stays really clinical.
So there is still value in investing in higher-end sample libraries or physically modeled pianos like Pianoteq…
But for a free offering, these pianos are definitely well-recorded, without any obvious flaws or sonic issues. I just don’t “feel” them - and they won’t do your technique any favors with their very limited dynamic response.