Comparing 3 different piano plugins (stock, free, and paid)

The piano is an instrument that’s commonly used across various genres and styles of music.

It’s only natural that we want a piano plugin that’s both high quality and within our designated budget (and/or available disk space). In the video tutorial above, we compare three different piano plugins – the stock piano that comes right within a DAW, a free third-party piano, and a paid third-party piano. We demo each instrument so you can hear them in action while also discussing their pros, limitations, and how you can get the best sound out of whatever option you choose for yourself.

The stock piano heard at 1:00 is Logic Pro X’s Steinway Grand Piano. The free third-party piano heard at 3:18 is the Soft Piano in Spitfire’s LABS collection, which can be downloaded it here. Lastly, the paid third-party piano heard at 5:51 is XLN Audio’s Addictive Keys – the instrument typically costs ~$79.95, but a free trial is available prior to purchase here.

What instrument or effects plugins do you want to see us compare across different price points next? Let us know in the comments below.

June 13, 2020

Max Rewak Max Rewak is a record producer, audio engineer, and music writer, based in New York and currently working in Sounds content at Splice.