At the end of April, I installed the Vienna Symphony Library’s Fazioli 308. At around 400GB for the full library, they say that “the F308 is not only the jewel in the crown of Fazioli’s acclaimed series of concert grands, but also of Synchron Stage Vienna’s exclusive collection of pianos.”
Like with any VST, it’s taken a bit of fiddling with the various presets and mic settings to find sounds that seem to work. I’ve found one that I like so far and thought I’d share.
Here’s your MIDI file for “Laura” played through the F308. I thought you might find it interesting. (You should boost the volume.) Enjoy!
How do you like the VSL Fazioli compared to other Synchron offerings. I have the Steinway D274; it’s taken some getting used to, but I like it a lot for certain things. I tried the Boesendorfer but couldn’t find settings I liked and returned it.
The 3 VSTs that I use now (and occasionally layer) are the Ravenscroft, VSL D274, and Garritan CFX. The Garritan was the one that I fiddled with the most, and is also the most unique.
As you know, I also have the VSL D-274. I’ve found its sounds to be amazing, and it’s been my go-to piano for some time.The Fazioli 308 is also an incredible instrument. Which is better? Sound is subjective. I’m starting to favor the F308. (And its 4th pedal is intriguing.)
As with any VST, it takes getting used to. I’m still feeling my way around, but I’ve come to like it very much. I don’t know any technical terms, but it seems a bit more warm, gentle, and full-bodied than the D-274, but nonetheless it shines in solos. The sampling is the most extensive of all the Synchron pianos, and it shows in the resonance. It’s the most “real” sounding VST that I’ve heard.
Explore the VSL Forum to find various user presets for the D-274, if you’re interested. At the end of this post, I’ve included an example of the one that I find the most useful. It’s called “Angmyu.” I’ve shared a PDF of its mic positions.
The samples on the VSL website give an idea about the F308’s sound, but you can’t really appreciate its depth until you start playing around with it. The Ravenscroft is a great piano, but for me, when you start working in the C5/C6 range, it sounds a bit tinny. (Again, all subjective.)
At any rate, thought I’d give you a bit of a comparison. I’ve included me mangling the opening bars of “Christmas Time is Here” using the factory stereo preset “Player to Sur” for each instrument so that you can hear the differences. And as I mentioned above, it’s followed by an example of a user preset.
First is the F308, then the D-274. The last clip is of the D-274 user preset. Again, boost the volume to hear it better. Enjoy!
Here’s a clip of “Georgia on My Mind” played on the F308. Most of the examples on VSL’s site are classical pieces. This gives a better idea of how it would work for jazz. I forgot to add it to my last post. Enjoy!
Thanks, Scott! I agree–the Fazioli is warmer than the Steinway. I like the warmth, so maybe I"ll treat myself to an early VSL Christmas present!
I’m about to share a version of Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, recorded with the Garritan CFX. To my ears, it has even more warmth. It also has a lot of (to my ears, unappealing) reverb and a little too much resonance in the default setting.