I'm just wondering if I should be spending money on a 3rd party piano sampler, such as pianoteq or ivory, or if the 2 piano's in the EXS24 are comparable in quality. I realize I'd get more pianos from the other samplers, but is the quality the same?
third party pianos are gonna sound a bit better, but i use the exs's pianos all the time and they work fine for me....especially low content playing, layered under alot of music. but for solo piano stuff i prefer my eastwest's Steinway/or would go with 3rd party piano sounds
If you loaded the entire EXS library that comes with Logic Pro 9, you should have an entire orchestral string, wood winds, etc, as well as about a half a dozen pianos.
Yes, 3d party libraries blow the doors off the Logic factory sounds, even some of the older 1 or 2 gig pianos for the Giga library that were converted to EXS sound much better, and these are about 6 or 7 years old now.
I've been using it as my main piano for several years now. It's very responsive and has fast load time compared to the sampled pianos, plus you get a good variety of piano sounds as well as being able to create your own.
-1 for Pianoteq here as well. Maybe buried in the mix its ok but IMO its rather one dimensional and lifeless compared to most of the quality sample products out there. Ivory is very good bang for buck , worth a try.
I guess the bottom line is that pianoteq may not be for everyone... understood.
I read somewhere that garageband and logic had a strings section with lots of articulations. I can't seem to find it. Are they referring to the orchestral jampack? Or am I just not seeing it. I got cello, violin, and a few ensembles, plus a pizzicato articulation, but nothing with tremolo, spicatto, staccato etc...