Spitfire Audio Plucked Piano KONTAKT
A WORLD-CLASS CONCERT GRAND AND PAUL THOMSON'S FINGERNAILS ABUSED... AHEM RECORDED FOR YOUR COMPOSITIONAL NEEDS.
As composers we’re always on that quest to find a "lead” string instrument that does the job of a piano, harp, or guitar without sounding like one, without having the stereotypical association. Or indeed that can play like a dulcimer or cimbalom, but doesn’t have the geographical connection or insinuation. So spitfire took quarter of a million pounds worth of concert grand heard on countless film, scores from Harry Potter to Inception, and... well, we plucked it.
Recorded by Jake Jackson at Lyndhurst Hall - Air Studios, on one of the finest scoring stages in the world, through an array of priceless vintage microphones via Neve "Montserrat” pre-amps, to a beautifully serviced Studer 2” tape machine and then into digital at 96k via the best Prism AD converters: this is an unparalleled signal chain.
We’ve sampled the full range of the piano diatonically with two pluckung styles; finger pad and nail with a selection of mic positions for you to mix to get up front and personal. Or a more contextual perspective that will mix seemlessly in with your Albion and BML ranges of orchestral tools. What’s more we’ve included both direct and tape signals for if you’d prefer pristine and clean to that rounded top and tidy bottom of tape!
In addition to this we've added some amazing synth patches designed by Paul Thomson and derived totally from the plucked piano sessions, to provide your arsenal with some welcome moments of inspiration.
NB THIS IS NOT A KONTAKT "PLAYER" INSTRUMENT A FULL VERSION OF KONTAKT IS REQUIRED
Spitfire Audio Grand Cimbalom KONTAKT
First there was the harp, then the harpsichord, now Spitfire are please to introduce the Cimbalom to this family of definitive VIs.
The cimbalom is a concert hammered dulcimer: a type of chordophone composed of a large, trapezoidal box with metal strings stretched across its top. It is a musical instrument popularized in Hungary and commonly found throughout central and eastern Europe. The cimbalom is played by striking two beaters against the strings. The steel treble strings are arranged in groups of 4 and are tuned in unison. The bass strings which are over-spun with copper, are arranged in groups of 3 and are also tuned in unison.
The cimbalom has been used in many film scores over the years famously John Barry used it in the title theme for the film The Ipcress File, as well as in the main theme of the 1971 TV series The Persuaders!. But it's most famous, and coolest use was probably on the 1994 Portishead track "Sour Times". An example of how the instrument can be used as a mournful exotic sound not just it's often stereotypical use against East European backdrops, spy intrigue and cold war thrillers. Aside from being an amazing featured or solo instrument. It is also great as a textural element; doubling pianos and other tuned percussion instruments, it's particularly interesting in unison with pizzicato passages. A fantastic new colour for your palette and with this level of deep sampling, something that can sit proud and exposed in your mixes and honestly and realistically express the emotion of your composition.
Spitfire are delighted to present Greg Knowles playing his Grand Cimbalom in the hall at Air Studios, London, one of the greatest recording studios in the world. Sampled with 4 round robins and 2 dynamics as single hits, and of course the characteristic tremolando. (Its not a massively dynamic instrument but we have smoothly enabled you to make it as dynamic or not as you wish, via front panel velocity map.) Options exist to use 'Piano' sustain pedal style, or the reverse authentic 'Cimbalom' style (where pedal up is the ringing out sustained sound). Recorded through the finest mics via exclusive Neve "Montserrat" Pre-Amps and Prism AD converters. The Spitfire Cimbalom joins our Harpsichord and Harp as the definitive VI in its class. The Cimbalom is presented with 4 mic positions (Close, Tree, Ambient, Outriggers) and is designed to be used in conjunction with a full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or Kontakt 5.
Native Instruments Berlin Concert Grand v1.4.0 KONTAKT
The BERLIN CONCERT GRAND is an exceptional instrument. Derived from Native Instruments' legendary AKOUSTIK PIANO software, its structural transparency, balanced register, and poetic and original style are the definitive characteristics of this concert piano. Sophisticated recording techniques using high-end equipment provided the raw material for the award-winning KONTAKT sample engine, ensuring the BERLIN CONCERT GRAND is indistinguishable from the original.
THE CHARM OF ORIGINAL
International pianists and designers created the foundations for the BERLIN CONCERT GRAND. Its unique freshness, strength and musicality established new standards worldwide. Utilizing the standard duplex scale, the BERLIN CONCERT GRAND provides enormously expressive power right to the top of the highest treble- truly a charming, magical instrument, vibrant and full of life.
ROOM TO BREATHE
A fine selection of venues combines the realism of real acoustic spaces with the flexibility and control possibilities of convolution-based signal processing. By merging the impulse response of an actual, existing acoustic environment over the signal itself, the sound acquires an incredibly authentic spatial character. Choose to use the dry signal as it is or blend in the characteristics of one of four different locations. Place the piano in the immediate, heady surroundings of a jazz club, within the grandeur of a concert hall, in the spacious ambience of a cathedral or the in the precise, pristine acoustics of a studio.
The world's most revered pianos are based on the award-winning and extremely powerful Native Instruments sampling engine, guaranteeing a completely realistic and reliable reproduction of the originals. The keys, including the full sustain and release phases, were sampled at ten different velocities. A specially designed recording technique ensured that the different velocities remained uniform throughout the recording process, delivering exceptionally linear results. High-end microphones and audio equipment delivered the best possible quality of recorded material while the Layer Morphing Technology generates a seamless dynamic gradient across the different velocity layers.
E-Instruments Session Keys Grand Y version 1.2 Update Only KONTAKT
Session Keys Grand Y captures the clear, transparent and dynamic sound of a Yamaha CFIIIS Concert Grand Piano. Rich overtones, sparkling high end, and a powerful bass range make this outstanding instrument the perfect complement to the Grand S.
e-instruments have released Maintenance Update 1.2 which drastically improves the CPU load of our acclaimed Session Keys Grand S/Y Pianos.
Session Keys Grand Pianos are Kontakt based instruments and each one comes with two acoustic characters to choose from: concert and studio. The workflow features the flexible Animator riff generator for inspiring piano performances, Smart Chord Mode for easy pad controller use and the unique Pentamorph for creative real-time sound design.
Reason Pianos Yamaha C7 KONTAKT
Where other piano libraries leave you with a fixed piano sound that may or may not suit your project, Reason Pianos does just the opposite: these pianos were recorded using multiple microphones, leaving the mixing and shaping of your piano sound to you. You create piano sounds that suit your mix, not the other way around. A large selection of Combinator presets ranging from basic microphone setups to wide multi-mic patches guarantees you absolute sonic control. There's no one way to record a piano. And, there's no one way to mix one.
The featured pianos were chosen for their classic pop and rock friendly sound; The Steinway D is considered tobe the world's finest grand piano, the Yamaha C7 is a classic rock and jazzpiano with a distinctive sound.
Beautiful Hammered Dulcimer with a Rich & Sweet Sound KONTAKT
Charles’ Dulcimer is a beautiful Hammer Dulcimer made of solid wood with 9 courses of strings on the treble bridge and 8 courses of strings on the bass bridge, recorded by Luis Filip Costa. It has two octaves and a sweet, rich and resonating sound.
The instrument was extensively sampled with three different mic positions: a close perspective, a room and an ambient/hall perspective at the Coomberhust Studio Concert Hall at Kingston University.
Audio Animals Sounds Of The Concert Grand Piano WAV
A collection of free samples we have created on a concert grand piano. The pack features all 88 notes of the piano across the 8 octaves, both as short and long hits.
This pack contains:
88 Long Hits
88 Short Hits
All samples are recorded and processed in 44,100 24bit wav.
Recording and Processing
All samples included in this pack were recorded at 24/44.1 Khz and then mixed and mastered at Audio Animals Studios London by qualified and experienced engineers. Each sample has been meticulously processed on their custom SSL (Solid State Logic) and Maselec chain, featuring high quality SSL AD/DA converters and 52 channel summing mixer, 4k mono EQ and compressor, Super Analogue stereo EQ and compressor, as well as SSL VHD pre-amps.