Salamander Piano
by bigcat Instruments
4.3 / 5     (18 votes)
Win32 Win64 OSX
Salamander Piano is a sampled Yamaha C5 Grand Piano.

Sampled in 16 velocity layers by Alexander HolmFeel, the Salamander Piano is one of the largest and smoothest stand alone free pianos.

It makes a good rock or pop piano as it can cut through mixes and also sounds realistic enough to solo.
38rxbin Jul 30 2023
Jul 30 2023
How can I get presets to work, does it even have any?
john Jan 26 2023
Jan 26 2023
hi um how do install into cakewalk??
john doe May 29 2023
May 29 2023
Just make a folder for your vst's and add it to the folders that cakewalk scans or add it to the cakewalk vst folder. But I find it hard to find that folder so I just do first option
John Burns Sep 14 2022
(5 / 5)
Sep 14 2022
Excellent. Those 16 velocity layers really pay off. Extremely expressive and the samples are very high quality. Good instrument, in tune, nice tone. Probably the best all round piano VST I've tried.
daniel Mar 11 2022
Mar 11 2022
Big Sur doesn't; recognize that ;/
Niek May 13 2023
May 13 2023
You should load it with DecentSampler in a DAW, I use WaveForm
offthesky Jan 31 2022
(5 / 5)
Jan 31 2022
Surprised at how decent this sounds. I wouldn't use this piano for any fast solos (without a bunch of other instruments going on at once to mask it) but still, it's quite useful for a lot of situations. At low velocities range scaled to 0-24 (with a post gain set +24db and a little eq shelf down on the high end + a little convolution stage reverb) I'm surprised how felty/soft this can end up sounding.
BARCINO Jan 16 2021
(5 / 5)
Jan 16 2021
Es demasiado bueno y lo mejor es gratis este piano con efectos queda demasiado bien
Adren Nov 13 2020
Nov 13 2020
Great sound but I use it with a roland digital piano, and the notes rendered in FL Studio are one octave down compared to the real sound. How can I fix it ?
anonymous Mar 04 2021
Mar 04 2021
right-click c4 on plugin settings
Domas Jan 27 2023
Jan 27 2023
how to do that on cakewalk?
Tasin Mar 08 2023
Mar 08 2023
Same question- how to do that in cakewalk? How do I move the octave up? I can transpose after recording midi but I want to do that before recording I mean for realtime playing. Can anyone help with this?
Silencio Mar 22 2023
Mar 22 2023
In LMMS i can use Strg + Down/Up Arrow to Change the octave. Maybe it works also in other DAW.
jose Oct 04 2020
Oct 04 2020
Hola.. me bajé el archivo pero no logro encontrarlo en la lista de VST en el REAPER. Alguno me ayuda? Muchas gracias
Mario Jul 14 2020
(5 / 5)
Jul 14 2020
Sounds great in reaper with the free TAL reverb 4 on default. I copied dll and another map with mse to my VSTPlugins folder. Don't know what mse does. got to go research.......
peter Jun 19 2020
Jun 19 2020
Lo mejor del instrumemto. Gracias
Dennis May 19 2020
(5 / 5)
May 19 2020
Very awesome, especially for a freebee :)
André Laudson Mar 24 2020
(5 / 5)
Mar 24 2020
Otima Qualidade,vale a pena o download, usei na Daw Cakewalk By BandLab (Daw Gratuita), atendeu minhas expectativas, São Paulo - Brasil
Chris Mar 18 2020
Mar 18 2020
Here's a demo for how Salamander piano sounds with Korg Kronos:
CHRIS Feb 11 2020
Feb 11 2020
Gracias por hacer que la vida sea mas hermoso con la melodia de la Musica.
Mike Aug 13 2019
(5 / 5)
Aug 13 2019
Very warm sounding and pretty at the same time! Worth the download. Thank you.
Thanos Jul 29 2019
(1 / 5)
Jul 29 2019
I had to remove it, and use other options, as it was creating pops and cracks every time I was freezing the channel (Cubase 10, i5, 16Gb).
yeiner makia Jul 22 2019
Jul 22 2019
Es super elegante este pack
TJC KEYS May 13 2019
May 13 2019
me Feb 04 2021
Feb 04 2021
Yes, it is.
JanvdZanden Jan 07 2019
Jan 07 2019
Same problem with VST Cantabile. one octave too low with my Yamaha P80. Is there a nice solution to it?
Tymo Mar 16 2020
Mar 16 2020
You can pitch down octave in settings
Zack Nov 15 2018
Nov 15 2018
Ableton crashes every time I try to load the vst for Mac
kyque Nov 01 2018
(5 / 5)
Nov 01 2018
Lujo de sonido, es sonido de una yamaha Motif, solo q no quisieron poner eso nombre...
Gillen Oct 16 2018
Oct 16 2018
It´s awesome :D
Anonymous Oct 15 2018
(2 / 5)
Oct 15 2018
It sounds amazing, but it won't load after saving and re-opening a project in LMMS.
Lexicog Nov 12 2018
Nov 12 2018
I had the same problem with VSCO2 (made by the same person as this one) just a bit ago! I updated LMMS to the more recent beta version and it fixed the issue entirely. I just went ahead and tested this VST as well, and the project load just fine. good luck!
Hullie Oct 07 2018
(5 / 5)
Oct 07 2018
Great piano! Really surprised!
Anonymous Jul 25 2018
(5 / 5)
Jul 25 2018
Really like it!
Karlos Nov 20 2017
(5 / 5)
Nov 20 2017
I really like the sound of it. It is sucha good sounding piano that I am placing it up there with other pianos that people paid for. Really nice sounding instrument. Everytime I touch the keys it is very stylish sound. It literally can't be beat by other pianos. This is the jazziest of the pianos. Easily the best You can get. Just touch the keys and magic happens. Of course I am not a pro player of the piano, but I keep it fresh by not falling into piano ruts that people who play instruments exclusively do (and I know whereof I speak cause I have played the guitar for far too long).
Humberto Apr 11 2017
Apr 11 2017
Hi, I have the same problem with logic, I had already moved the file to components and put them in the vst folder. Is that correct? When I put them in the component folder, Logic crashes. Thanks
bigcat Apr 17 2017
Apr 17 2017
I'm not a Mac guy, but Sam seemed to say in the post below that the AU download would be used in the Components directory while the VST would go in the VST directory. You wouldn't want to use both just one or the other. If I understand Logic you would want the AU zip file and install in Components and want to delete the VST or anything related to the piano from your VST folder.
Humid Peony Mar 27 2017
Mar 27 2017
It is a great freebie, but I faced an issue while using this one: when I am playing melodies in a high octaves (like C5 or higher)it suddenly starts to produce annoying white noises and CPU usage rises to 400% and even higher. Maybe someone can help me to solve this issue or at least also faced it? I am using Windows 10 64bit and Ableton Live 9 64 bit.
bigcat Apr 17 2017
Apr 17 2017
I'm sorry you are having this problem with the VST. This is the only VST I've done using disk streaming and I'm wondering if that is the problem. I use Win 10-64 and have a lite version of Live 8. I tested on that and early on the disk stream pulled 4MB for a short period, then settled down to 2 MB and eventually less than 0.5 MB as I assume Win cached to memory. Memory for the daw + the piano was 318 MB and the CPU load on an middling I7 never went over 25% load on the Live meters or 8% on the task manager. I used a fairly intense midi file and pitch shifted it up to the C3 - C8 range and had no white noise. I'm not trying to minimize the problem, just reporting my test findings.
Toxy Jan 09 2017
(5 / 5)
Jan 09 2017
This free VST absolutely stands out. I love it. One glitch with Windows 7 though: it plays one octave lower than it should, so I have to raise the melody eight notes to get the correct pitch. Anyone else with this problem?
koki Feb 03 2017
Feb 03 2017
Yeah definitelly my friend :) most of people don't hear this, but we are so accurate .. It is our personal problem, I guess :) Usually I am performing pitch with most of plugins. Even with paid expensive plugins in Kontakt. I am using two separate VST's .. one in high .. one in lows. Every differently pitched :) keep it UP
BuraX Jan 11 2018
Jan 11 2018
I have the same problem on my Macbook in Reaper. It means the lowest keys on my 88key piano dont play at all. I have to transpose +12 semitones on the controller to fix this
Edwin Jan 01 2017
Jan 01 2017
I can't find the plugin in Logic X when I drag it to the VST file. Can someone help me?
bigcat Jan 15 2017
Jan 15 2017
Sam Gossner gave this advice on my blog and i think it is a really good quick guide for getting Maize VSTis to work in Logic. Once you have the .component (audio unit) downloaded, move or copy it into: Mac HD -> Libraries -> Audio -> Plug-Ins -> Components. The "Mac HD" exact name may differ based on operating system version and machine. It is the drive your operating system is on. Once you put the .component file in that place (you should see other .component files there too), close Logic and open it back up again. I seem to recall an old version of Logic didn't support Audio Units, but I think that was a long time ago. If it doesn't work, you can always do the same thing, but download the Mac vst and put it in Plug-Ins -> VST instead, I believe.
remo Dec 07 2016
Dec 07 2016
When i start it in fl studio it says i dnt have any instruments what do i eed to do to fix it. Can someone help me?
Anonymous Dec 08 2016
Dec 08 2016
You need to copy ALL files and folders from the zip to your FL plugin folder. Looks like you copied only the dll file...
Saucy Goat Dec 02 2016
Dec 02 2016
I agree with msea - the bottom end is far muddier than the clear top end. And the bottom end is out of tune, the lower end notes are often flat. I tested this VST and several other piano VSTs with the same MIDI file, and only this one was flat in the lower notes. Which is a shame, because other than that and the muddy lower end, it is a nice sounding piano.
msea Dec 04 2016
Dec 04 2016
Hmm. I didn't notice the tuning issue and have been told by music teachers that I have perfect pitch. Maybe cos I just have a 5 octave controller. Or maybe I didn't test it thoroughly enuf. Will check for that.
msea Nov 30 2016
(5 / 5)
Nov 30 2016
Just tested it out quickly. Found it a little bit muddy but that was fixed with ReaEQ. Any EQ could clean it up a bit, I guess. IMO better to have it too thick than too thin because it's easier to trim than fatten up. Also added TAL REVERB 4 at default settings. Nice. Other options could be chorus, delay etc. All in all, a very nice piano that fills a gap in my freebie collection. I plan to use this!
Piano Lover Nov 27 2016
Nov 27 2016
Bigcat - thank you for sharing this. I'm a big fan of your non-Kontact VSTs, this is another fantastic sounding VST.