Neo Piano mini
by Sound Magic
3.0 / 5     (21 votes)
Win32 Win64 OSX
Neo Piano mini is a sampled Yamaha C7 concert Grand Piano.

The Yamaha C7 is a true workhorse in the professional piano world, appearing on famous concert stages in international competitions and in prestigious music events throughout the world.

Note : to use this plugin, you must open it and then load the "Piano1.ins" file included in the zip.
Jeffrey Price Jul 09 2022
(5 / 5)
Jul 09 2022
The Neo Piano mini works great. I really like it's big brother Piano One. One of the best sounding pianos out there.
joe Feb 26 2022
(1 / 5)
Feb 26 2022
Agree, the install and how the plugin works once you install it (you have to load an "ins" file) is ridiculous and tbh the sound is IMO merely OK. not worth my time even for free, there are better free pianos out there
Fair Amount Of Wasted Time Feb 23 2022
(0 / 5)
Feb 23 2022
I've wasted around an hour reading and rereading the instructions... downloading, installing, restarting. I'm tech savvy, but can't get Neo Piano to show up in the latest version of Ableton. Since other companies offer much simpler installation, and I can't even get your sounds to play, I must show my frustration with a low rating.
Gordon Nov 11 2021
(1 / 5)
Nov 11 2021
How do I uninstall everything that this load of rubbish has placed on my Macbook Pro? I am using logic pro x and MacOs Sierra 10.12.6
andy Aug 05 2021
Aug 05 2021
A developer that makes such a pig's ear of the installation process, gives me no faith in their programming ability.
Gordon Nov 11 2021
Nov 11 2021
I thoroughly agree. I have wasted hours on this crap.
Stryker Feb 06 2022
Feb 06 2022
What a convoluted installation process! You're never going to see one dollar from me. If i can't even get your demo product to install correctly; I'm sure not going to spend $500 for even more misery. Thiis should be EASY!
SunJuice Mar 31 2023
Mar 31 2023
But I think the installation is very simple, just open the plug-in and load the sampling file. I complete the installation in less than 1 minute. I have seen more complex installations, such as Vinyl Guitar from Echo Sound Works, and all plug-ins from New Nation.
Jok Jun 24 2021
Jun 24 2021
Ive downlaoded the file, 32 and 64 , im still having issues trying to install it. not even the gui shows up , reaper user
BobM Mar 03 2021
Mar 03 2021
Will this import/work with Komplete Kontrol? It seems to recognise the file location and the plugin but doesn't appear as an instrument, or am i completely misunderstanding what this is? It works Ok with Cakewalk but I don't really want to have to open a project in the DAW just to play this Piano.
BobM Mar 05 2021
Mar 05 2021
OK, you can all stop looking now. It definitely works with Komplete Kontrol once I had found the correct drop down menu, navigated to it, loaded it up and installed the ins file. sounds great.
Joaquin Jun 11 2020
Jun 11 2020
Se me descargan dos archivos, piano1.ins y Neo_Piano_mini_x64.dll No consigo abrirlo en youtube ¿Como puedo abrirlo? ¿En que carpeta se abren? ¿Que tengo que hacer? NECESITO AYUDA !!!!
buda Jul 19 2020
Jul 19 2020
en youtube?? esto va en la carpeta de VST!
Dave Oct 05 2019
Oct 05 2019
OK. Loaded it in Logic X Pro. The plug-in shows up. Tells me to load the .ins file I select the .ins file and click "open". Nothing happens. Running Mojave. Any help appreciated. I'd love to try this thing.
Harsh Jul 09 2020
Jul 09 2020
Where you have downloaded the vst go there and find the .ins file and drag and drop it on the vst in your DAW.
jay Sept 01 2019
(3 / 5)
Sept 01 2019
Takes a little figuring out to properly load the INS file but once sorted the sound and realism are great, easily the best free VST piano I've found. Thanks.
Kevin Jun 30 2019
Jun 30 2019
I'm extremely glad I read the instruction manual before using this. You see, I'm a composer, but I'm looking for more free VSTs that I can use. However, if you read the manual it clearly states: "No part of this publication may be copied, reproduced or recorded, for any purpose, without prior written permission by Sound Magic Co. Ltd." And for good reason. I did some digging and it turns out this software is the free trial for a $299 software called "Neo Piano". So even though this software is technically free, I can't use it for my work because that would technically be recording and copying the sound this software produces.
John Aug 04 2019
Aug 04 2019
I think they are talking about not copying, reproducing or recording the user manual, not the software itself. Mar 03 2019
(4 / 5)
Mar 03 2019
I've been using this piano for all of my piano practice - out of all of the piano patches and VST sounds at my disposal, this one sounds the most like a real solo piano to me. It makes my practice sessions a pleasure!
Richard Jan 29 2019
Jan 29 2019
Sounds great but sustain and sostenuto seem erratic. Using 64 bit vst and 64 bit reaper. Cc64 and cc66 turn on ok but will not always turn off! Any help much appreciated.
tripsichord Dec 24 2019
Dec 24 2019
I can't get Reaper 6 to recognise Neo Piano, I've loaded into ever folder R6 uses for VSTi dll files...any ideas on how to fix this?
Redeen Jan 19 2018
(3 / 5)
Jan 19 2018
Overall, this is a serviceable piano. The decay is noticeably short on most of the pianos in the main menu, and adding reverb or tweaking other parameters didn't seem to help much. Happily this is not bad on the default patch. It's hard to distinguish some of the pianos. The home page for this plugin clearly states the samples are longer on the paid version, and the demo recordings of Neo Piano and their other commercial offerings sound good. Owing to the 16 Bit samples, some of the concert grand character is lost. There were some dropped or glitched notes on my older system and it wasn't recognizing the sustain pedal - hence the average rating. Try it - YMMV.
Pat McD Nov 30 2017
Nov 30 2017
When I down load and run the installer for the Mac AU on my iMac, it says that it has installed, fine, but I can't find it on my Mac.. Where is it? Logic Pro can't find it, either.
J Nov 29 2017
(3 / 5)
Nov 29 2017
Regarding the .ins file and the key required problem with Win 10 and Ableton 9, what was happening is the search would fail at the Neo_Piano "open file" window because the .ins file was not seen there and wouldn't drill down farther. It was actually one level down in the Neo_Piano folder along with the .dll file. What I did to fix this is move the .ins file in file explorer up a level or two straight to downloads where it would be seen (if downloads is where you had the initial zip file). Then it works fine with no key required.
Thymo3 Aug 22 2017
Aug 22 2017
I downloaded this last summer and made a beat with it. I opened that beat up on FL Studio 12 to look back at the notes I arranged and the piano isn't playing. I tried to load the vst in the channel rack and it says "Something went wrong with loading the vst plugin Neo_Piano_mini. Please make sure it's installed and registered properly." I don't know what to do. It was working before and now it's not...
kame Sept 23 2017
Sept 23 2017
I have the same symptoms.
Help Me Jul 06 2017
Jul 06 2017
I got the file and opened the zip and the package but it wont show up in GarageBand. Plz help
Prod.Dynamite Jan 27 2021
Jan 27 2021
Дело в том что плагины такого типа в GarageBand не загружаються. Я раньше работал там теперь в LMMS советую тоже сменить приложение
Vaca Seca Mar 08 2017
Mar 08 2017
Hi there! I'm very sad, was so excited to finally get a decent piano sound available in Ableton Live, but the neo piano won't install on my iMac... Is it because it doesn't work with El Capitan?? Please... Help me....
papwalker Jan 30 2017
(5 / 5)
Jan 30 2017
Read instructions. Load ins file in the vst piano menu. Works great with the limitations that this free version has.
Abbi R0de Sept 15 2016
(5 / 5)
Sept 15 2016
Had no trouble at all using this on Ableton. Fine Yamaha Concert Grand, very customisable, sounds ace. Thanks a lot Sound Magic
john Aug 12 2016
(3 / 5)
Aug 12 2016
The piano makes sounds on its own (my using a mouse to click individual keys), yet when I press the midi keyboard keys, it shows the piano keys of the neo mini gui moving, yet it is mute. I have loaded the the .ins, and all that. Any ideas?
Matteo Sept 01 2016
Sept 01 2016
Yes, it does the same to me. Using the 32bit version on reaper... Any clue?
Anonymous Sep 23 2020
Sep 23 2020
Maybe you have not assigned your midi keyboard to a channel
ast Apr 26 2016
Apr 26 2016
It's may not work on Windows 10?
Mionsz Apr 27 2016
Apr 27 2016
It's working on win 10.
Anonymous Apr 17 2016
(1 / 5)
Apr 17 2016
It don't work in Cubase Artist 7
Anon Feb 26 2016
Feb 26 2016
One user says to "open the plugin file in your DAW, then load the .ins file from the plugin." There's no way to do this in Reaper. What DAWs are others using and describe the "loading .ins file from the plugin" process in detail please, someone? This sounds like a great plugin, thanks, but a lot are having trouble loading it.
Piano Lover Feb 29 2016
Feb 29 2016
When you load the VST in Reaper, and have Neo Piano GUI appear, click on the word "piano" at the top of the Neo Piano GUI (second word from left). Then click in the "Piano File" field (just to right of the words "Piano File") and this should open a file explorer window (for me, Windows Explorer window) that will allow you to choose the file "piano.ins" from wherever you have installed it - your VST folder. I could not get the 64-BIt version to work (I have 64-Bit REaper and 64-Bit Win7), but the 32-bit version worked perfectly. this piano sounds great and has a lot of features that let you tweak the sound. Hope that helped :)
Marcos Jul 04 2016
Jul 04 2016
Thanks for the info.
Piano Lover Jul 16 2016
Jul 16 2016
@Marcos - you are very welcome. I hope you have been able to enjoy the VST. Take some time to click on each "panel" on the VST's GUI, there are lots of features that are not "obvious" at first - like reverb, microphone position, etc.. and play around with the settings to see what sounds good to you.
ER Sept 24 2018
Sept 24 2018
Thanks !!!
wow genuis Oct 12 2018
Oct 12 2018
I solve this problem thanks to you!!!!! Thank you so much -From South Korea
Piano Lover Jan 20 2020
Jan 20 2020
@wow genius - you are very welcome, I am so happy to hear that this helped you to get the VST working. Lots of love to you and all in south korea :)
Piano Lover Feb 25 2016
Feb 25 2016
I copied the DLL and the INS file to my usual VST folder, then chose "scan for new plugins" in Reaper. But this VSt does not show up. I have tried renaming the sub folder (Neo Piano, NeoPiano, Neo_Piano) but nothing works. Any idea why? Reaper never fails to recognize a VST DLL so not sure what is wrong here. Thanks in advance. BTW.. using Win7 Home 64Bit and 64Bit Reaper
Piano Lover Feb 26 2016
Feb 26 2016
I figured out that for whatever reason, the 64-bit version does not work in Reaper. However, the 32-bit version works perfectly. Go figure! :) great sounding piano with lots of options in settings.
Sas Jul 17 2016
Jul 17 2016
Anyone know how to make 64 bit work on Reaper? Don't want to download again huge file.. :( Thank you so much if you can help
Bick N. Jan 24 2016
Jan 24 2016
What is the key code? I loaded the folder that piano.ins was in and now it asks for a key code. Where do I find it?
Anonymous Jan 24 2016
Jan 24 2016
When piano.ins is loaded, the code box shows "Not required". Works well then...
John Presland Jan 03 2016
Jan 03 2016
I'm taking my first steps with virtual instruments. Can anyone tell me how to load the "Piano1.ins" file. I don;t know what programme to use and neither Microsoft nor Wikipedia have helped me find out.
Anonymous Jan 03 2016
Jan 03 2016
Read the FAQ (link at the top of the page).
C.O. NoiZe Jan 19 2016
Jan 19 2016
I can't find the faq link that you're talking about Anonymous, I have the same problem as John Presland...
Anonymous Jan 19 2016
Jan 19 2016
Anon Feb 26 2016
Feb 26 2016
The FAQ is generic and doesn't help in this case. The Piano1.ins file is an unknown file type to Windows 8, or Windows thinks .ins is an Internet Settings file used to set up dialup connections or LANs. Does anyone have actual information about this VST's installation?
Piano Lover Aug 27 2016
Aug 27 2016
Which DAW are you trying to use it in? Search for an FAQ or tutorial to find out where you should place a VST plugin, for your DAW. Once you have done that, and placed the VST in that plugin folder, open your DAW and search for the plugin. You may have to ask your DAW to refresh or rescan the plugin directory to recognize this VST. Once you find the plugin and open it in a track in your DAW, and have the Neo Piano GUI appear, click on the word "piano" at the top of the Neo Piano GUI (second word from left). Then click in the "Piano File" field (just to right of the words "Piano File") and this should open a file explorer window (for me, Windows Explorer window) that will allow you to choose the file "piano.ins" from wherever you have installed it - your VST folder. I could not get the 64-BIt version to work (I have 64-Bit REaper and 64-Bit Win7), but the 32-bit version worked perfectly in 64-Bit Reaper.
RSt Nov 28 2015
(5 / 5)
Nov 28 2015
First free Piano VST which sounds decent.
sintheticsanity Nov 12 2015
Nov 12 2015
How do you make the sustain work ?
snik Nov 06 2015
Nov 06 2015
How to make it work on osx and ableton live? I see midi input but there is no sound.
what Oct 16 2015
Oct 16 2015
How do i install this? there's an .ins file. What do I do with it because it doesnt seem to be working in ableton live.
Anonymous Oct 16 2015
Oct 16 2015
Open the plugin (.dll file) in your DAW, then load the .ins file from the plugin.
Nicholas Macnutt Oct 10 2015
Oct 10 2015
The reverb on this piano was fantastic! There is a learning curve of about 15 minutes as you play with the knobs but that is what makes this vst plugin so special. It's easy to configure!
Zac Oct 08 2015
Oct 08 2015
Cannot get it working with SAVIHost, specifically selecting MIDI channel doesn't work. After selecting, it reverts back to it not being selected and does not play it.
dee Sept 16 2017
Sept 16 2017
Cant get it working in Savihost either. No sound?
DerF_49 Oct 05 2015
(5 / 5)
Oct 05 2015
Very good job, very good sounds, this VSTi is sublime ! I like it !! Bravo !
C7 Studios Oct 04 2015
(5 / 5)
Oct 04 2015
BEST FREE Piano Vst Ever.