Sonic Cat has released Pop Piano Free, a free acoustic grand piano sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Pop Piano is part of the Pop Keys piano sample library.
Pop Piano Free features a recorded Bechstein MP192 Grand Piano which is made in Germany, to differentiate between other libraries with analog equipment in good sound concert hall.
Pop Piano Free features
- Sampling from Bechstein MP192 Grand Piano.
- Recorded from first class Mic and Analog Preamp.
- Recorded at good sound concert hall.
- Maximum 4 Velocity.
Pop Piano Free is taken for the Pop Keys piano library.
Sonic Cat is currently also offering a limited time 40% discount on all its products in celebration of the launch of the Sonic Cat brand, which carries all of Luxonix’s Kontakt libraries.
More information: Sonic Cat
e-instruments has announced the release of Session Keys Grand S and Grand Y, two Kontakt based concert grand piano instruments with a new and innovative approach to create the perfect piano sound for music productions.
Session Keys Grand S delivers the rich harmonic structure, warm tone, and full resonances of the Steinway D4 Concert Grand Piano, used in numerous concerts and recordings by some of the world’s greatest artists.
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.
Session Keys Grand S/Y features
- Concert and Studio modes – Each acoustic flavour has been recorded in precise detail using two separate piano lid positions.
- Pentamorph controller – Allows users to easily adjust the Grand Piano’s acoustics – from standard characteristic sounds to atmospheres that go far beyond the obvious – as well as create movement on the fly using just one knob.
- Session animation – The Animator is designed to generate truly musical piano performances in the most flexible way.
- Smart Chords – For instant piano chords at your fingertips, Session Keys Smart Chord Mode provides a completely new and inventive way to add depth of musical expression to your production.
- Edit parameters of the Grand Piano in detail – Strengthen the individuality and expressiveness of the instrument, or to take it far beyond its standard sonic signature. EQ, Compression, Convolution Reverb and Delay Effects can all be edited for creative sound design without boundaries.
The pianos are available for purchase for 99 USD/EUR each, or bundled for 159 USD/EUR.
More information: e-instruments / Session Keys Grand Pianos
Time+Space has launched a contest in which you can win tickets to a unique event at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Garritan’s Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, UK distributor Time+Space are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets worth over £175 to “The Sound of Abbey Road Studios” – a series of talks taking place in April and May which mark a new opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios’ world famous Studio Two.
Hosted by Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan – the authors of the critically acclaimed book Recording the Beatles, the lectures will explore the evolution of recording techniques and equipment as well as offer demonstrations using both new and vintage equipment.
What’s more, renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott will also be in attendance to offer his unique insight into life at the world’s first purpose built recording studios.
To enter, complete and submit the entry form on the Time+Space website or Facebook page before the April 12th, 2014. The winner will be randomly selected shortly after this date.
More information: Time+Space / Abbey Road Studios contest
Pakotec Samples has announced Piano Melodies Vol.5, a new ‘Piano Melodies Series’ sample pack, featuring a rare collection of 50 unique and fresh melodies in MIDI & WAV format.
These melodies are suitable for R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Jazz, Blues, and even cinematic genres and inspired by the best piano compositions of the past decade. With these winning fresh melodies and your special synth sounds, you can make your next best-selling hit!
This premium quality pack contains 50 MIDI loops & 50 Wav Loops that are ready-to-use at any time and are organized by scales and tempo.
All phrases are 100% Royalty-Free and ready to be used in any personal or commercial music.
The pack is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.
More information: Pakotec Samples / Piano Melodies Vol.5
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VST Buzz is offering a 60% discount on The Big One piano sample library by SampleTekk, for a limited time only.
Get a HUGE 60% off the aptly named piano sample library – “The Big One”, from Sampletekk. Weighing in at over 6GB (zipped!), this is an absolute beast of a piano library, offering an incredibly realistic sound, for a very affordable price.
“The Big One” is a Yamaha C7 piano recorded with a massive 31 velocity layers per note, offering a huge dynamic range. Perfect for pop, rock, underscore, hip hop – this is a piano library you’ll use forever. Check out the audio demos and video for an idea of how awesome this is!
The library is available from VST Buzz for $79 USD until April 1st, 2014 (regular $199 USD).
More information: VST Buzz
Toontrack has announced the release of Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI, a new MIDI pack for the EZkeys Line.
Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI comes with a wide selection of playing styles for all the creative facets of jazz ballads through the ages.
From the traditional melodic sophistication of the “Jazz Age” in the early 1900s to the cool and saturated harmonics of the post-war times, leading up to the free spirit of avant-garde and all the way to the many faces of more modern-day jazz.
This collection of piano MIDI truly is a creative tool and a comprehensive introduction to the awe-inspiring tonalities of the genre. See it as a toehold for you to stand on before you throw yourself into the unending well of inspiration to make your very own rendition of what a jazz ballad is – to you.
Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI features
- An extensive collection of chord progressions and playing styles for jazz ballads.
- Performed by Thiago Pinheiro.
- Covering straight and/or swing in 3/4, 4/4, 5/4 & 6/8.
The MIDI pack is available to purchase for 25 EUR / $29 USD.
More information: Toontrack / Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI
Rattly And Raw has announced The Stupidly huge toy pianos and friends, a toy piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Toy pianos are usually limited to being a great little additional tinkly instrument, but with usually only a few keys, a simple additional colour at best!
Not for Rattly And Raw…
We were not going to be put off by the annoyingly small key range of real toy pianos! We loved the sound and wanted to expand the tiny key-range of this childish characterful sound into, well, a huge key-range of childish characterful sound.
So we did…
Two massive 5 octave toy pianos constructed from genuine toy piano recordings, loose tines, prepared piano recordings, celeste recordings, multiple mic positions, convolution based body resonance and lots of tweaking.
The Stupidly huge toy pianos & friends features
- Two multisampled FIVE OCTAVE toy piano instruments.
- Controls to mix between different mic options and layers.
- Lofi/fx controls.
- 2 custom made convolution reverbs.
- Velocity manager (super useful for dialling in performance data).
- 2 multisampled concert celestes with loads of controls and options.
- 4 other bonus instruments including two toy pianos, a set of suspended tines and a basic prepared piano.
- Over 3GB of samples (uncompressed).
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £20 GBP.
More information: Rattly And Raw / Stupidly huge toy pianos & friends
SampleTekk has released White Grand MkII, a virtual piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Since the samplers has been become more advanced and the White Grand 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.
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: The White Grand MkII
White Grand MkII features
- 16 velocity levels.
- More the 9000 samples.
- TimeVel Release Technology.
- Sympathetic Resonance.
- Controllable volume for key/pedal noise.
- Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and True Resonance.
- 24 bit 44.1 stereo samples.
The White Grand MkII is available to purchase for the introductory price of $79 USD (MSRP $149 USD). The upgrade for White Grand owners is $30 USD.
More information: SampleTekk / White Grand MkII