I have been using two simple free online computer keyboard pianos http://virtualpiano.net/ and https://www.onlinepianist.com/virtual-piano but they are getting really boring to me (I used to play on a real keyboard with many instrument options). What is a good online source for one that also includes other instrument sounds, but specifically the cello and preferably other string instruments as well? It's ok if it's not free, I would just prefer it to be new user friendly. Whenever I look for downloads, from app stores, they seem either overly complicated(i.e. difficult to just dive in and play freely) or too basic with only a few keys. An ability for it to record and add layers would be really cool too, but I have yet to find one.

  • If you want anything that really deserves to be called “cello sound” you'll have to live with a somewhat more complicated interface than for piano etc.. There's no way to approximate the expressive range of string instruments by simply pressing down keys on an ordinary keyboard. Sep 25 '16 at 10:42
  • ...anyway I find that even high-end plugins such as Blakus Cello, despite having a pretty stunning amount of expressive possibilities, are ultimately unsatisfying. If what you want is a cello sound then what you need is a cellist! If you have good musical ideas then write them out – you don't need any string instruments to do that – and consult with a cellist for how it'll really sound. Sep 25 '16 at 10:48
  • And as for recording and layering... that's something you should do with a generic DAW, independent of what sounds you actually use. I recommend Reaper. Sep 25 '16 at 10:51
  • MIDI sampler? Mellotron? :-) . Depends on the quality you want. Most folks think the intro song for Game of Thrones comes from real cellos, but it doesn't. Sep 26 '16 at 14:14

i was wondering the same thing but unfortunately i couldnt find any really simple websites like the ones you linked. i think you might be better off using a real electronic piano keyboard but maybe a small one that you can just connect to your pc/computer and atleast that way youll have the normal piano keys to press and not the computer keyboard.

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    That is a good idea in case I can't find a direct website or download, thank you.
    – 3rika
    Sep 25 '16 at 6:18
  • @ErikaRizk I had this same dilemma after I had to move, which meant leaving my actual piano behind. I have a few friends who use these very small electric keyboards, that are almost the size of a computer keyboard that they just hook up to their computer. Its pretty simple/useful as long as you make sure it'll work with your type of computer.
    – SumiPiano
    Sep 27 '16 at 6:29

Try Soundation. The cello is decent as online keyboard goes. You can also record multi tracks. https://soundation.com/studio

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