Williams releases Legato digital piano

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Williams has announced the release of Legato, a low-priced full-size digital piano.

Williams Legato

Williams Legato features 88 semi-weighted keys and five classic sounds: piano, electric piano, organ, synth, and bass. Designed for beginning to intermediate keyboardists, the Legato combines professional features with simple, convenient operation and full portability. This makes it a perfect choice for anyone wishing to play or learn music, even on a limited budget.

Beginning players will immediately appreciate the Legato’s layout and operation. Turn it on, select a sound, and start playing! The weighted, velocity-sensitive keys have a traditional feel, helping even new musicians sound great through the on-board speakers. A fully adjustable metronome and integrated music stand are also included.

To help get the most out of its five rich keyboard sounds, the Williams Legato includes a host of professional features, including reverb and chorus. The split/layer function supports the use of two sounds, either voicing them together or dividing the keyboard to produce different sounds from the left and right hands. A USB port enables connection to a computer and MIDI control ability, making the Legato a great tool for home studio enthusiasts.

Weighing less than 20 pounds despite its full 50-inch width, the battery-powered Legato is an ideal portable keyboard for beginning and intermediate musicians. It also includes a headphone jack for silent operation, RCA connectors for connection to external speakers, and a full User’s Manual. The optional Williams ESS1 Essentials Pack provides a wall socket adapter for AC operation along with a sustain pedal and a pair of high quality headphones.

Legato is available from Guitar Center retail stores and Musician’s Friend for a street price of $199.99 USD.

More information: Williams / Legato

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SampleTekk launches Upright Piano sale – 60% off

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SampleTekk has announced a sale on its Upright Piano instrument libraries, offering 60% discount on selected products for a limited time.

SampleTekk Upright Piano Special

Upright piano libraries

  • Rain Piano $19.60 – A serious Upright piano with character. Sometimes a Grand Piano is simply too much or lacks personality. Rain Piano is professionally setup to add character while staying in tune with your other instruments. A true 8 velocity X2 (pedal Up / pedal Down) The extra velocities provide smooth response from softest to loudest timbres. Recorded at Studio Kuling, Sweden using only the finest gear and mastered in 24 bit stereo. Kontakt, HALion and EXS24 format available.
  • Rain Piano MkII $31.60 – Since the samplers has been become more advanced and the Rain Piano still are one of our most popular pianos, we decided to bring it up to date and add some functions in the line of the original ideas. So, we got the original master recordings out, (and they where in 24 bits), made some refinements to them and built the instrument from scratch. We also added hammerback and pedalnoise samples and release samples.Then we added our True Resonance feature and used Kontakts scripting facilities to make Real Time/True Pedaling, Sympathetic Resonance and some other nifty features, and, Voila: The Rain Piano MkII! (Full Kontakt required).
  • Vertikal $31.60 – There are so many sampled pianos on the market today and you as a musician have the benefit to be able to choose from the multitude of different brands and sounds. Most, or nearly all, of the sampled pianos are great, wonderful grand pianos like Steinway’s, Bosendorfer and other truly amazing instruments. But, sometimes you need something different. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t choose Pavarotti to sing rock and roll, would you? Also, you probably would let Robert Plant sing “La Boheme”… Mind you, it probably would sound great in a way, but it’s probably not what you’re after! Now, most of the sampled pianos on the market today are “Pavarotti’s”, but if you want a “Plant”-piano you don’t have that many chooses, until now! (EXS24, Kontakt & HALion Format).
  • Vertikal MkII $39.60 – In the MkII both microphone perspectives are included so you can use them one by one, of mix to taste! We also added hammerback and pedalnoise samples. Then we added our True Resonance feature and used Kontakts scripting facilities to make Real Time/True Pedaling, Sympathetic Resonance and some other nifty features, and, Voila: Vertikal MkII. (Full Kontakt required).

The sale ends November 2nd, 2014.

More information: SampleTekk

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Cinesamples updates Piano in Blue for Kontakt to v2.2

Cinesamples has released version 2.2 of Piano in Blue, a 1949 Steinway D piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinesamples Piano in Blue

Changes in Piano in Blue v2.2

  • Latency — Added “Sample Start” knob which will cut into the samples of the sustains by 20ms — this adjustment will remove all of the hammer/finger noise from the instrument.
  • Tape Sample Replace — Re-recorded all the sample sets back through a physical Studer tape machine with better leveling to remove the “crunch” on the top velocities.
  • Individual de-noising of V1 direct samples.
  • Sample fix — F4, Velocity 101-110, Direct-Room (fixes modulated distortion noise on this note).
  • 91-110 quick release velocities (fixes issues with the shorter release samples being too quiet in this region).
  • Various minor adjustments to ADSR curves and some minor volume tweaks on individual samples.
  • Added CC11 (Expression) control.

Piano in Blue is available for purchase for $99 USD. Requires Kontakt full version 5.3.1 or higher.

More information: Cinesamples / Piano in Blue

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Ivy Audio releases Piano in 162 sample library

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Ivy Audio has announced that its Piano in 162 sample library of a Steinway Model B grand piano is now available in both Kontakt and SFZ formats.

Ivy Audio Piano in 162

Like all Ivy Audio libraries, it is available to download completely free of charge for personal and commercial use.

Due to time constraints I was unfortunately unable to record release samples, which means the library might sound a little funny in certain situations.

Piano in 162 features

  • Two microphone positions.
  • Five dynamic levels.
  • Two round robins.
  • Sustain pedal on and off.

Piano in 162 for Kontakt and sfz is available to download at no charge. Donations are welcome.

More information: Ivy Audio / Piano in 162

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HeadlessBuddha Samples releases Taperight Piano Bundle

Taperight Piano Bundle

HeadlessBuddha Samples has launched Taperight Piano Bundle, a piano instrument bundle for Native Instruments Kontakt.

We just used the Taperight Piano, the impulse responses included, the delay (which is also present on the interface) and love to create these.

The Taperight Piano Bundle features samples of a lovely pretty old upright piano in two versions for Kontakt 5:

  • 40′s – Sampled through a very worn tape machine from the forties. An awesome, saturated and vibey instrument.
  • 70′s – Sampled through another tape machine, this time in better condition, warm, with a nice creamy low end, less saturated than it’s older brother.

Taperight Piano Bundle features

  • 2 Kontakt instruments (40’s and 70’s).
  • 6 Velocity layers.
  • 1.1 GB of 44.1kHz/32 bit .wav format samples recorded through tape each.
  • A set of 18 custom impulse responses.
  • Pedal Control via Mod-wheel.

The bundle is available for purchase for $40 USD. The instruments are also available separately for $24 USD each.

More information: HeadlessBuddha Samples / Taperight Piano Bundle

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