If the videos below give a good indication of what the new Arturia pianos sound like, I have to say I’m slightly surprised by the positive responses (especially in light of the ongoing indifference and even negativity that Pianoteq keeps meeting with).
The piano in both these videos appears, to me, to have no attack — the impact of the hammers hitting the strings — whatsoever and, dynamically/timbrally, it sounds as if it’s limited to go no further than a weak-ish mezzoforte: there’s not a hint of the blooming energy, increased resonance and complexity of timbre that occur when a piano is played with some force. The instrument, in these videos anyway, seems to be completely without power, snap and bite.
And that’s just two of the most ear-catching flaws. (That the timbre also has a rather synthetic character needn’t be pointed out, I hope.)
Something wrong (to my ears) with the sustain/decay too in the first video, though I suppose that’s easily adjusted.
I would need to download and test the demo for a bit, to get a better idea of what these Arturia pianos are capable of, but based on what I’ve heard in these and other videos, these instruments — though certainy much better than the V1 version — still offer little more than a very dull, lifeless, generic, synthetic, vaguely-piano-like timbre.
Plenty of unique and exciting creative possibilities with these sounds (as there are with Pianoteq’s, by the way), I’m sure, and the Piano V software definitely adds value and appeal to the Arturia V Collection, but I just don’t hear anything here that’s close, let alone ready, to be taken seriously as a virtual piano.