Review: Imperfect Samples Schimmel Braunschweig Upright Piano

Imperfect Samples has recently released a sample library featuring the sounds of a Braunschweig Upright Piano.

Imperfect Samples Schimmel Braunschweig Upright Piano
The Braunschweig Upright Piano, FX and Staccato instruments in Kontakt

From the product page:

The Braunschweig upright piano has a distinctive sound character that’s far more intimate than a grand piano, making it desirable for certain situations where you don’t want the polished and precise sound of a nine-foot grand in a concert hall.

Matt at Imperfect Samples recorded an original Schimmel Braunschweig upright piano for this sample library (24 bit).

The instrument has multiple velocity layers and release samples, resulting in a 1.38GB library that includes:

  • Schimmel Braunschweig Upright Piano
  • Schimmel Staccato
  • Schimmel Fantasy Piano
  • Schimmel Piano FX

The Braunschweig upright was originally released for EXS24, and is now also available for Kontakt for £39.99. I believe Matt is considering other formats such as sfz and Wusik as well.

So what do I think?

The sound is — as Matt put it — raw and distinctive. It has a really dark, intimate feel to it. There’s a lot of expression in the velocity layers (an updated version with even more velocity layers is in the works). I really like the Staccato, which is also available in a split patch, and the Piano FX program is simply adorable.

I was going to post a little audio snippet to show how great this piano sounds, but since I’m not much of a pianist you should just check these demos instead.

I highly recommend this sample library to anyone looking for a different kind of piano. Its imperfect sound is full of life and the instrument is an absolute joy to play.

More information: Impact Samples / Schimmel Braunschweig Upright Piano

  • Pierre Laplace

    Those pianos sound absolutely gorgeous, with more character than other piano libraries I’d tried before. Perfect for slow, intimate songs. As soon as I heard the demos I knew it was the kind of piano sound I’d been looking for. Congratulations to the developer, and I hope there will be other instruments as beautiful as this in the future.

  • http://torley.com Torley

    I just got the non-pro version and I think it’s terrific. It fills a special, specific niche, and oozes the right kind of vivid personality. I searched far and wide for an upright piano soaked in mystery yet a forceful punch when you HIT IT HARD, and this is a home run. I definitely look forward to more from Imperfect Samples and thank you for your review, Ronnie!

    Here’s my review, including a demo of me playing (and mastered with SpectraPhy LE, my fave new limiter):

    » http://torley.com/imperfect-samples-upright-piano-crysonic-spectraphy-le-amplified-awesome

  • des BURKINSHAW

    Hi
    I think this piano is marvellous. You can tell from the demos, but it is very reminiscent of that Burma Shave style piano on Tom Waits’ early stuff.
    It is very responsive to play, has “film music” written all over it, although I imagine I will use it for songs too.

    At the moment, I can see Pianoteq3 (huge improvement on last version) and Braunschweig taking the lion’s share of my piano duties for now.

    On a personal note, I learned to play on my gran’s battered old upright. Something about this beautiful instrument reminds me of that and so it makes me feel nostalgic. It will definitely make you write something you would not have otherwise.

    Importantly, I don’t feel like I’m triggering samples when I play it (I have Ivory but rarely use it as Pianoteq is more responsive in my opinion). It feels like an instrument (I have an m-audio weighted master keybaord).

    Superb.

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