It all began as a playful initiative to answer the question “can I switch my piano sound by re-using the same midi?”. Now it however have become rather more than that 😀
If you want to contribute or did you find some issues, read at the bottom of the page for further instructions.
This is not by any measure a scientific comparison, rather than a guide how different the sounds actually are. Or in some cases – how similar they are. The comparison was made by running the same MIDI file through all these gadgets and plugins, dry when possible, and normalised output – hence you can feel the different velocity in the various pianos.
Each track is credited to the contributor. Big thanks to all helpful people! We’ve done this pro-bono on our spare time, please remember that when you’ve found issues that would be nice to amend in the playlist 🙂
Here is the comparison between a load of pianos; virtual as well as hardware keyboards/pianos/synths.
- Download one of the below MIDI files
- Import it to your DAW/Sequencer
- Set the tempo to 160bpm
- Deactivate any effects but keep the natural ambience
- Make no other adjustments
- If hardware instrument, connect using MIDI and record the audio without any clipping
- Export the result to 44.1kHz 16bit (CD quality), make sure not to cut off any leading or trailing sound
- If you made several files, put them into a folder and zip
- Contact us for email and stuff, use the Contact form in the menu About Us/Contact above
- We’ll get back to you when possible, most likely within a few days
For some keyboards and plugins the Nord Style MIDI does not work well, if you notice issues – then try using the Roland Style MIDI, but only then – otherwise you’ll may miss out some nice pedaling features on your equipment/plugin.