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CFX Concert Grand Reviews and Awards

EM Feb 15 Cover 116Electronic Musician’s 2015 Editors’ Choice Award

“Garritan’s CFX is so close to playing the real thing, it’s our number-one choice for recording.”

Electronic Musician, February 2015


askaudiomag-vol2-issue2-116Recording Review

“The magic and sparkle of that Yamaha piano in Abbey Road Studio One is there to be teased out of the keys… it’s a really special experience for those of us who don’t get to record there ourselves.”

Mike Metlay, Recording, January 2015


SOS Dec 2014 Cover 116Sound On Sound Review

“Virtual pianos have been really good for a few years now, but with CFX Concert Grand Garritan have raised the bar. It’s probably the best sampled piano there’s ever been. Beautiful to behold, rewarding to play, and with an effortless ability to sound great on most musical styles, what’s not to like?”

Robin Bigwood, Sound On Sound, December 2014


EM Dec 2014 Cover 116Electronic Musician Review

“…with so much control over mic placement, stunningly natural reverb, and the authentic reproduction of details that convince me I’m playing a real piano, Garritan CFX is my new go-to studio piano.”

Geary Yelton, Electronic Musician, December 2014


DownBeat Cover September 2014DownBeat Review

“…the variety and versatility of sounds that Garritan was able to derive from sampling this instrument in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio One is simply amazing. But this instrument really excels where most others fail: hearing it solo, unaccompanied by other instruments. With the dynamic subtleties and shades of overtones, as well as the recreation of extraneous noises and ambient environment, one can hardly expect to hear a more realistic recreation of a fine acoustic piano.”

Vijay Tellis-Nayak, Downbeat Magazine, September 2014


Computer Music September 2014Computer Music Magazine Review and 9/10 Score

“CFX Concert Grand captures the legendary eponymous piano in the legendary eponymous studio (the enormous Studio One) via three mic arrays: Classic, retaining the natural sound of the instrument; Contemporary, brightening it up somewhat; and Player, making it sound like your actually sitting at the instrument.”

“…it sounds absolutely beautiful, with exquisite tonal detail, powerful lows, glassy highs and a level of expressiveness that has to be felt to be believed.”

Computer Music Magazine and 9/10 score, September 2014


Time + SpaceTime + Space Blog Review

“The best point of all is that you very quickly forget you are playing a virtual piano as it feels so much like you are playing the genuine article.”

“I think this is the best-sounding virtual piano I have so far tested which just cries out to be played and enjoyed.”

Tony Cliff, Time+Space Blog, August 2014


MusicTech-Magazine-August-2014 116Music Tech Review and 9/10 “Choice” Award

“…one of the finest virtual pianos available — simply beautiful.”

“Tonally, the hand-built CFX piano is superb, rich and powerful, but also capable of great elegance, all of which has been faithfully captured by the Abbey Road engineers. We also like the no-nonsense GUI, with simple well laid-out controls, and the optional system-friendly compact version, which is perfectly adequate for background piano tracks.”

Keith Gemmell, MusicTech Magazine, August 2014


askaudiomag-vol2-issue2-116Ask Audio Review

“The presets are breathtaking and this is one of the most stunning virtual pianos I have ever heard. The use of many velocity layers really pays dividends and results in an instrument that is incredibly expressive, nuanced and capable of being alternately fragile or thundering and cinematic.”

Hollin Jones, Ask Audio, June 2014


Garritan’s CFX is the best combination of the piano spirit of the past and the sound of the future!” – Leo Genovese, instrumentalist and composer, keyboardist with Esperanza Spalding

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