Came here to say this. If you know the tactile feeling of an acoustic piano, the noises it makes, the sympthetic resonance… the sampled instruments are always somehow off for me. Pianoteq nails it. In a much smaller footprint, too.
Other plugins I use almost all the time:
- Raum reverb: was free for a while around Christmas; a real gem of an effect with plenty of sweet spots. Works great for both synths and the guitar.
- Polyplex drums: wall of sound approach that layers multiple samples on each hit. MIDI-mappable dice roll remixing of the preset gives fantastic variation properties.
- Reaktor Blocks: mostly for controlling hardware 1v/oct voices and sending triggers + complex LFOs. But it’s also really fun as a software modular rack. With the latest update the main view shows “wire” connections, it’s cute but also improves usability.
- Shreddage: the most faithful and playable MIDI-controlled guitar representation I have seen and heard. The Serpent edition which is based on a PRS guitar is particularly well done.