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Homegrown Sounds releases Homegrown Piano

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Homegrown Sounds Piano

Homegrown Sounds has released Homegrown Piano, a VST instrument based around 88 samples of a Steinway B Grand Piano which were recorded at medium velocity.

It was developed like many other HGSounds products to be great for Ambient/Atmospheric music, though is useful as a standard Piano as can be heard with the Classical demos on the website. The 128 presets cover a diverse range of sounds from Standard, Honky Tonk, Bright, as well as many echo landscapes, high resonance/distorted, and synthetic instruments. Though it is primarily designed as a Piano, it is still a synthesizer at heart and as a result has plenty of experimental potential.

Homegrown Piano features

  • Dual Piano Layers – The 2 layers use 88 x 16bit 48k samples, one for each note.
  • Filter – Cascadable up to 8 times and includes Low Passes, Hi Passes, Band Passes, Comb, Low Shelf, Hi Shelf and Peak.
  • 2 ADSR Envelopes – Simple Envelopes. Envelope 2 can either be used to control Piano 2 volume or used to shape the Filter Cutoff Frequency.
  • Drive – Auto Volume Distortion
  • Arpeggiator – With many modes include classic Arp modes.
  • Microtuner – Microtuner uses most standard Scala files of any size for custom tunings
  • SoundScaper – Comb / Delay / Reverb Effect for creating interesting soundscapes.
  • Flanger/Filter – Switchable between Flanger and Filter effect, LFO has over 300 predefined shapes with smooth control as well as standard shapes.
  • Stereo BPM based Delay – Synced delay.
  • FX Routing – 3 different Paths available.
  • Drift – Adds a random pitch detune with each note played.
  • Stereo Spread – Allows setting a random value to the Pan of each voice.
  • Recorder – Allows recording directly to disk at 16/24/32 bits. Wavs are auto-named by date and location is set via a config file.
  • Limiter – Output is limited to prevent clipping.
  • Default – Sets Piano to default settings
  • Randomize – Randomizes all settings. There are also local randomizers in each section.

Homegrown Piano is available as a VST instrument for Windows PC for the introductory price of £25 GBP.

Visit Homegrown Sounds for more information and audio demos.

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