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Six of the best Software Instruments

We’ve explained how technology can bring you pretty much any sound you want, without the need to actually play an instrument. Here’s a MusicTech Buyer’s Guide to some of the best virtual versions we’ve reviewed…

Una Corda

BEST Piano (like)

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Two entries for Native Instruments in our ‘six’, but the Berliners do like their real instruments. And while we haven’t looked at many pianos of late, we still reckon this is one of the best out there. Una Corda is a little different, and offers up a deeply sampled version of a unique piano, hand-built by David Klavins in collaboration with composer Nils Frahm. It only has one string per note, which gives a much purer sound than your average piano, and allows the user to easily slot in different prepared materials to dampen and affect the way the hammers hit the strings. We said “it’s been created with love and attention, and the results are often breathtaking. It’s an inspiring instrument that oozes class and with very few tweaks, can be morphed from a gentle, upfront piano to a swirling, dissonant and clunking beast.

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