Buyers Guide: Six of the Best – Real Instrument Emulations

In our latest Six of the Best roundup we look at a range of software applications emulating real instruments. Who needs to learn the real thing these days?

Best Grand Piano – Garritan CFX Concert Grand

Price £199
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Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand – to give it its full name – is a recreation of Yamaha’s nine-foot, hand-built grand piano. It requires 122GB of free hard drive space, but there’s also a compact version that only requires 24.5GB.

Reviewer Keith Gemmell said: “Tonally, the hand-built CFX piano is superb, rich and powerful, but also capable of great elegance, all of which has been beautifully captured by the Abbey Road engineers. It is one of the finest virtual pianos available – simply beautiful.” He concluded: “A fine virtual grand piano with a beautifully rich tone, a no-nonsense GUI and essential controls. It is up there with the best.”

Full Review – Garritan CFX Concert Grand

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