Neo-Soul Keys® is finally here for the iPad. Now you can take an electric piano with you everywhere you go and not have to worry about lugging around a hundred pound Suitcase. The same grit, dirtiness, warmth, cream, and quality that you have experienced on the desktop is now possible on the iPad due to the fact that we are one of the first companies to provide real-time streaming using Apple Lossless format.
Changes in Neo-Soul Keys iOS v1.2
MIDI channels filter for each synth to be able to assign MIDI channels.
Virtual MIDI support.
Latency can be adjusted for each synth.
Option to enable or disable background audio even when iPad is in sleep mode or locked.
The samples for the Stage EP synth have been improved.
Improved realism of release decay.
In-App purchases can now be made without leaving the synth.
Option to disable mechanical effects to reduce CPU load.
New mechanical release equation to decay over time like a real electromechanical EP does.
New Barks in phase with Sustain to eliminate phasing.
The app doesn’t lose or become muted when another audio app is open.
Interruptions handled more robustly.
MIDI dump contains more information for troubleshooting.
The effects algorithms are more efficient and takes up less CPU.
Fixed bugs with MIDI Learn and made it more efficient.
When activating preset, the window now closes automatically.
Neo-Soul Keys version 1.2 is available in the Apple App store now, free of charge. Electric pianos are available as in-app purchases, priced at $9.99 USD.
Neo-Soul Keys for iPad is specifically designed for professional gigging or live studio work. Gospel Musician’s goal was to build a professional app that could compete with any hardware synth and/or desktop audio electric piano solution.
Gospel Musicians is one of the first app developers to feature flash memory streaming using Apple CAF lossless format. Gospel Musicians worked directly with Apple’s engineers to refine this new custom feature in the iOS, which allows for larger samples to be streamed via the on-board flash memory.
Not having to rely solely on a limited amount system RAM resources allows for a more rich and expressive sample playback experience, which almost equals the experience of their desktop predecessor versions. In fact, all but the extended effects are featured in the iPad version. All mechanical effects, Spring Reverb, Chorus, and Vibrato are present.
The Neo-Soul Keys Suitcase electric piano for iPad.
Neo-Soul Keys for iPad features
1.25GB of Sample Memory (328.4MB Lossless Compression).
Up to 8-Velocity layers for sustain samples.
Realistic EP release that decays with time.
Dedicated Key-up and Key-down mechanical effects.
Pedal Up and Pedal Resonance noises react with sustain pedal messages.
Able to play app in the background.
Wi-Fi MIDI capable.
Ability to save and load presets.
Treble and Bass Boost.
Full Retina display.
Works with iPad 2 and higher.
Polyphony dependent upon processor, i.e. an iPad 4 can yield better polyphony than an iPad 2.
The app runs on a limited time basis, yet fully functional, free of cost. Each electric piano is available as an in-app purchase for the introductory price of $9.99 USD.
Gospel Musicians has announced the release of Neo-Soul Keys 3X Lite, a sound library for UVI Workstation and MachFive 3.
A lightweight version of Neo-Soul Keys with all three electric pianos: Mark I Suitcase, Mark I Stage, and 200A Wurli. The library comes with the sustain samples and two release notes which consist of the actual mechanical and tine release noises. The benefit of the UVI Workstation player is that the user will be able to choose from an assortment of effects already built into the player.
Gospel Musicians has released MKSensation, a digital piano sound library for Kontakt and Kontakt Player.
MKSensation virtual digital piano for Kontakt Player.
The MKS-20 Digital Piano module is one of the most revered electric and digital piano modules ever made. The MKS-20 used a technology called SAS (Structured / Adaptive Synthesis) which was designed to emulate a real piano with a ton expressiveness per velocity. This was Roland’s answer to a piano and EP that didn’t require samples to produce the sound. As a result, this module is revered in gospel circles and still used today. They still go for $250 on eBay. The best thing about the library is that you can mix and layer sounds as you wish, which is completely impossible on the module.
Now imagine adding some of the most sought after “old school” EP’s to be able to layer with the MKS-20. Imagine the Dyno of the o1w, the Power Grand, the EP’s of the TX816, Synth Brass, synths, strings, and pads to go along with it–All of which can be layered and mixed as desired.
This library is designed as the all purpose performance digital piano library that you can load up and use on every gig or studio session.
BONUS: We used the original MKS’s chorus for EP1 and EP2 for that phat sound you from the actual module.
The sound library is available to purchase for $99 USD.
Steinberg has announced the release of Neo Soul Keys, a virtual electric piano combining amazingly authentic sampling with Steinberg’s acclaimed HALion technology.
Recreating the sound of one of the most popular electric pianos of the past, Neo Soul Keys brings the vintage keyboard sound to the musician’s fingertips.
“Neo Soul Keys takes virtual e-pianos to a new level! It’s amazing just how authentic and vivid the play and feel of this instrument has become,” remarked Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg.
In collaboration with Gospel Musicians, Neo Soul Keys offers users a unique and authentic-sounding e-piano experience. Based on the powerful HALion engine and sampled with 12 velocity layers for sustain, release and staccato notes, the Neo Soul Keys virtual electric piano features sound quality and playability on par with the real world.
Employing the acclaimed VST Amp Rack technology first introduced to Steinberg’s Cubase 6 production software, Neo Soul Keys features six different amp types and a comprehensive set of high-class studio effects, such as vibrato, tube distortion, flanger, phaser, chorus, delay, reverb and wah. Also included are bell, pedal and key noises to reproduce all aspects of piano sound plus more than 40 presets that allow users instantly to hone in on various timbres.
Neo Soul Keys can be used as a plug-in in every VST 3, VST 2 and AU compatible host as well as library expansion in HALion Sonic, HALion Sonic SE and HALion 4.
Neo Soul Keys features
Faithful sampling of original Mark I suitcase piano with multiple velocity layers of sustain, release and staccato notes.
Elaborate interface for direct access and intuitive workflows.
VST Amp simulation with 6 different classic amp types.
Premium effect section including tube distortion, chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, reverb and virtual wah pedal.
Vintage modeled vibrato with intensity and speed control.
Realistic sounds with level controls for bell, pedal and key noises.
Authentic bass, mid and treble boost to recreate the original sound.
Adjustable velocity curves for individual playing behavior.
Dedicated “bark” samples for classic grit sounds for authentic vintage sounds.
Virtual microphone simulation with axis and off-axis positioning, and condensed and tube microphone types.
MIDI Learn and automation functions for all parameters.
VST 3, VST 2 and AU host compatibility as standalone plug-in.
Full accessibility in HALion Sonic (1.6.2 or higher), HALion Sonic SE and HALion (4.5.3 or higher).
Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X.
Neo Soul Keys is available as download through the Steinberg Online Shop, priced at 79.99 EUR including German VAT.