Best 15 Free Piano Vst Plugins that actually sound Great!

Here is a list of the best free piano VST plugins which not only sound great, but which are also both suitable for beginners and experienced producers.

Let’s get right into it…

4front piano (Win/Mac)

This plugin sounds terrific!

If used properly, it will certainly be a great addition to your VST library.

One con though, it doesn’t have any settings.

On the other hand, since it’s so simple, it won’t overload your PC at all!

When I first heard it, I was actually blown away, it really is that good…

So, check it out, since it’s free!

You can download this plugin from the official 4Front Piano website.

Spitfire Audio Soft Piano (Win/Mac)

Spitfire Audio has launched LABS which is a free instrument-sample library in VST and AU formats.

All of the plugins sound terrific and it comes as no surprise that their Soft Piano Plugin also does.

All of the samples were recorded at Air Edel Studios using ar array of microphones and they achieved the “soft” sound by placing a thin strip of felt between the hammers and the strings.

It’s free, it sounds fantastic and it’s extremely easy to use…

You can check it out on LABS’s official website.

DSK AkoustiK KeyZ (Windows)

DSK created a lot of free VST plugins ranging from brass, to orchestral, synth, piano, acoustic and classical guitar, and more.

With Akoustik KeyZ you get three piano types;

  • Grand Piano
  • Concert Piano P
  • Concert Piano F

All of these pianos sound incredibly realistic, plus the plugin has some good controls which should allow you to get the desired sound easily.

Features

  • 3 Piano Types
  • Velocity response
  • Amp. Envelope and micro-detuner
  • HP/LP Filter
  • 2 FX (Flanger and Reverb)

You can check it out on DSK’s official website.

SampleScience Room Piano (Win/Mac)

The Room Piano plugin is based on a Kawai Upright acoustic piano recording.

It is a light piano plugin for musicians who want to add a lo-fi touch to their tracks.

The instrument comes with a series of on-board lo-fi and modulation effects to help you shape your own rustic piano sound.

It’s compatible both with Windows and Mac and works both in 32-bit and 64-bit formats.

Of course, it can be loaded on-to any DAW…

Lastly, it sounds great… very retro!

Features

  • 1 lightweight piano sound (less than 20 MB)
  • Amplitude ADSR
  • Vinyl and tape effects
  • Multi-LFO
  • Highpass/Lowpass filter
  • Room reverb

Check it out on SampleScience.ca.

Keyzone Classic (Win/Mac)

Keyzone Classic features a multitude of different pianos which all sound amazing.

If you’re looking for a sampled piano which also offers a lot of  …

Then this plugin might be the one for you.

It also works both on Windows and Mac.

Features

  • Piano from Keyzone 1
  • Yamaha Grand Piano
  • Steinway Grand Piano
  • Basic Electric Piano
  • Rhodes Piano

Check it out on the Bitsonic Website.

Salamander Piano (Win/Mac/Linux)

The Salamander Piano plugin was sampled on the Yamaha C5 grand piano.

It sounds absolutely Phenomenal…

It’s considered to be one of the largest and smoothest standalone free piano plugins out there, and it’s sampled in 16 velocity layers.

Check out Salamander Piano here.

Skerratt London Piano (Win/Mac)

The Skerrat London Piano is a sampled upright piano.

It sounds a lot like the piano music from the old cartoons, which is just great… if you like that kind of sound.

The cursory parameters include envelope settings; Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release as well as volume and panning.

It’s a fairly good sounding and easy to use piano plugin, so make sure to give it a try.

Check it out on the Big Cat Website.

Iowa Piano (Win/Mac)

The Iowa Piano is a sampled Steinway grand piano with 3 velocity layers.

 The cursory parameters include envelope settings; Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release as well as volume and panning.

It sounds absolutely amazing and warm; however, it has a larger file size than some other plugins on this list… Still nothing too worrying.

Check it out one the Big Cat Website.

4Front R-Piano (Win/Mac)

The 4Front R-Piano is a vintage module which reproduces the classic sound similar to RSP73 pianos.

The sound generation is not entirely based upon samples, thus there are 127 continuous layers provided with a vintage Rhodes smooth overdrive.

Unlike many other software modules and samplers, this module will never overload CPU. It will never stick notes, and never interrupt the sound during live performances.

It doesn’t sound at all like a real piano, which is good since until now all of the ones I listed were sampled versions or real pianos.

It has a very distinct and unique sound to it which some may love while some others may not…

Anyway, I think that it’s totally worth checking out.

Find out more on about the 4Front R-Piano here.

4Front E-Piano (Win/Mac)

The E-Piano is similar to DX-7 type e-pianos and it’s a small single sound instrument without any settings whatsoever.

Since it’s such a small plugin, it ends up not being at all taxing on the CPU, plus it’s also very easy to use… since it’s just plug n’ play.

One the one hand, not having setting is kind of bad…

On the other, it’s actually great for anyone who just needs this specific sound and be done with it.

It’s also great for beginners.

Find out more about the 4Front E-Piano Here.

DSK Music The Grand (Win/Mac)

This is a pretty cool grand piano by DSK Music which just sound great.

You get the typical envelope parameters; Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release, plus Reverb and Level.

It is, at its core, a very basic sampled grand piano plugin, which is why it’s only about 50mb.

Make sure to give it a try and see how you like it!

Features

  • 4 velocity layers, 4-6 samples / note
  • ADSR envelope control
  • Reverb FX included
  • Available for Windows and Mac (32 and 64 bits)

Check it out at the DSK Music Website.

General (Windows)

General is a very simple sampled acoustic piano plugin.

Sadly, it’s Windows only…

However, the news is that it’s extremely light weight and it sounds great!

It’s fantastic for anyone who doesn’t really know how to edit and adjust the sound of a more complex plugin for the simple fact that it doesn’t provide any settings whatsoever.

If you’re looking for a simple and pure sounding piano plugin, this one’s it!

Check it out on the VST4Free website.

MDA Piano (Win/Mac)

Despite being extremely light, MDA Piano actually packs some punch.

The interface is easy to move around and understand since it only provides a couple sliders to work with.

Depending or your taste you’ll either love this plugin or you absolutely won’t, but since it’s free you have nothing to lose.

What I can say though, is that it’s very light and simple to use which is an ideal starting point for beginners.

In my opinion, it does sound very realistic and the controls actually add some value to it.

Features

  • Up to 32 note polyphonic
  • Decay, Release and Stereo Width controls
  • Stretch and random tuning

You can check it out on the kvraudio website.

DPiano-A (Windows)

This is a simple piano plugin which features a lot of controls; from tuning, to sound, velocity and master.

There’s nothing else to be said about this plugin other than that it’s actually great…

Plus, it works both in 32-bit and 64-bit formats… sadly, it’s Windows only.

Check it out at the VST4Free website.

RDG Audio Free Piano

The Free Piano plugin comes with staccato and auto sustain instrument presets.

It also features three layers of sounds; Piano+Strings+Pad with gain controllers.

The Piano has been recorded with 4 Mic positions and provides the usual controls like Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release as well as a low pass filter, tuning, reverb, amp and level meter.

This is one of the more complete and fully features piano plugins on this list and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Features

  • 100 % Free Sample based multi platform VST, VST3, Mac and AU Plugins.
  • 3 Layers of Samples with Individual Gain Controllers.
  • Piano+ String+Pad.
  • Staccato and Auto Sustain Instruments presets.
  • Velocity sensitive with Round Robin Sampling.
  • Recorded with 4 mic pos.
  • Low Pass Filter, Reverb and Tuning.
  • Very fast loading and easy to use.
  • ADSR Envelopes.
  • Amp Section with Level meter.

Check it out on the kvraudio website.

Conclusion

All of the plugins on this list are awesome.

I would personally recommend Free Piano by RDG Audio, which is the last one on this list, if you need one that provides loads of features.

For the simpler ones I’d recommend 4Front Piano.

Still, any of them sound terrific and should make a great addition to your plugin list.

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