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Sound Magic releases Imperial Grand with Neo Piano Hybrid Modelling Engine

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Sound Magic Imperial Grand

Sound Magic has announced the release of Imperial Grand with Neo Piano Hybrid Modelling Engine, the successor of the “Imperial Grand” virtual piano instrument.

Imperial Grand starts with the famous dark, rich Bösendorfer tone. By using the newly developed Neo Piano Engine, Imperial Grand reproduces the magnificent dynamic and various timbre colors of a Bösendorfer 290 SE.

The unique feature of Imperial Grand is that you can forge your own sound with it. Through our online customize sound system, you can easily forge your personal sound. You not only get a standard Bösendorfer sound ,but also get a sound fit for your taste. And more important, other Imperial Grand users do not have this sound because it is customized for you only. This makes Imperial Grand unique to you and cannot duplicate. It will become your “secret ” weapon in your music production.

Neo Piano features a custom built Hybrid DFD/RAM system. It is a very flexible system which can be optimized for different playing applications. If you are using an old system with low RAM,DFD will work well. If you are using a top performance 64bit system with plenty of RAM, you can choose to play Neo Piano totally from RAM. A balance of DFD and RAM samples can be utilized to optimize general performance. In All cases Sound Quality remains at the highest level. For live stage performances, the entire piano sample set can be loaded into RAM, removing any worries about OS interference with Hard Disc access. For Studio and Composition use, DFD is ideal with modern computers.

A major breakthrough in Neo Piano Engine is the resonance engine. Every Grand Piano has a very large soundboard which reflects sound which resonates together with the piano’s wood body. This is a continuous process and makes every note sound unique. In order to simulate this behavior, Sound Magic first captures multi angle IRs from the soundboard, then applies ground-breaking technology to convert those IRs into Resonance Engine Algorithms. The result is an amazing concert hall sound reproduction full of life.

Imperial Grand for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 129 EUR/$169 USD/£105 GBP.

More information: Sound Magic / Imperial Grand


SampleTekk releases White Grand MkII for Kontakt

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SampleTekk White Grand MkII

SampleTekk has launched White Grand MkII, a piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

When we recorded the White Grand and the White Sister our goal was not to create ”the ultimate Grand Piano”. Since a Grand Piano can be used in so many ways, from playing Mozart to hammer out Jerry Lee or Little Richard stuff and everything in between, we realized that there isn’t anything that could be considered ”The ultimate Grand Piano” in the world of multisampled instruments.

We wanted to make the ”Ultimate Studio Grand Piano” that would work in a recording session for more contemporary styles of music. It would simply sit well in a mix!

We very lucky enough to find this fantastic instrument, an old, LARGE, Malmsjö Grand piano from around 1910, that had the clarity needed to work in a modern production, but also, at the same time, had the richness at well contoured bass side that would provide the power needed on the lower part of the keyboard without getting muddy.

White Grand MkII features

  • 16 velocity levels.
  • More than 2,900 samples.
  • TimeVel Release Technology.
  • Sympathetic Resonance.
  • Real Pedaling.
  • Controllable volume for key/pedal noise.
  • Two different mixable microphone perspectives.
  • Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and Resonance.
  • 24 bit 44.1 stereo samples.

The library is available at a 25% introductory discount, priced at $149.25 USD until June 23rd, 2014 (regular $199 USD). SampleTekk is also offering a 50% discount on all orders until June 30th, 2014.

More information: SampleTekk / White Grand MkII


Loopmasters intros Sarah deCourcy Presents House Piano

Loopmasters has released House Piano, a sample library by Sarah deCourcy featuring inspiring piano loops dedicated to the dance floor.

Sarah deCourcy House Piano

House Pianos is a beautifully performed and recorded collection of real live piano hooks aimed directly at dance music producers looking for the type of percussive choppy riffs and evolving progressions that made early House music so damn funky. With over 70 infectious melodies perfect for retro rewinds and future classic bumps, this collection is a must have for all Dance producers.

Sarah is an incredible musician, producer, songwriter, musical director who over her impeccable career to date has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music – and if there is one thing she knows, it’s to write a killer top line!

House Piano features

  • 614MB content (24bit/44.1kHz).
  • 72 unique melodic loops arranged into BPMs of 110, 123 and 128.
  • 72 MIDI files and 144 REX2 files.
  • Loops also come with Wet effected versions.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £29.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / House Piano


Taleweaver Orchestra releases Ancient Wooden Piano & Bowed Psaltery

Taleweaver Orchestra has announced the release of Ancient Wooden Piano and Ancient Bowed Psaltery, two new sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Taleweaver Orchestra Wooden Piano

Ancient Wooden Piano

The „Ancient Wooden Piano“ is an Instrument Library for Native Instrument’s Kontakt Sampler. The samples sound like an old piano with ancient mechanics and wooden hammers.

If you need a piano that sounds like back in 1750-1800, the Ancient Wooden Piano is your choice. This instrument breathes and lives its own life so it’s slightly out of tune here and there creating its unique charm.

Ancient Wooden Piano features

  • 88 Keys fully recorded.
  • 44 kHz / 16 bit, wave format.
  • Soft & Normal patches referring to the softness of the hammer-impact on the string.
  • Panned and Mono Patches for both Soft & Normal.
  • Contains a very small amount of original room reverb so it’s not completely dry, but it can easily be wrapped into custom reverbs.
  • 3 Velocity-Layers, 5 Round-Robins each.
  • About 1300 samples.

Ancient Wooden Piano is available for the introductory price of 40 EUR (40% off regular).

Taleweaver Orchestra Bowed Psaltery

Ancient Bowed Psaltery

The „Ancient Bowed Psaltery“ is a Psaltery Instrument Library for Native Instrument’s Kontakt Sampler.

You need something that cuts through the mix? Something with a silvery sounding color? This is your choice.

Ancient Bowed Psaltery features

  • Bowed & Plucked patches.
  • 21 recorded original tones + a few pitched extra tones.
  • 44 kHz / 16 bit, wave format.
  • Bowed: 3 Velocity-Layers, 3 Round-Robins each + Release Samples.
  • Plucked: 3 Velocity-Layers, 5 Round-Robins each.
  • About 500 Samples.

The Bowed Psaltery library is available for the introductory price of 18 EUR (40% off regular).

More information: Taleweaver Orchestra


HeadlessBuddha Samples releases Grandpa Toy Piano for Kontakt

HeadlessBuddha Samples has launched Grandpa Toy Piano, a toy piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

HeadlessBuddha Samples Grandpa Toy Piano

It’s not perfectly tuned, it’s a worn and aged little piano, it’s got a lot of character, it makes some noise when we release some keys, and it’s beautiful.

Obviously we at HeadlessBuddha Samples sampled this 60’s toy through some worn cassette tape but this time we wanted to capture more subtleties and details than we usually do, so we spent a lot of time and energy on it. I think it’s our best Kontakt instrument to date and we’re very proud to present it to you.

Grandpa Toy Piano features

  • 7 velocity layers and 2 round robins per note plus release samples.
  • 1 Kontakt instrument.
  • 44.1kHz/24 bit .wav format.
  • All recorded through cassette tape.
  • A set of 18 custom impulse responses.
  • 550Mb installed.

The library is available for purchase for $35 USD.

More information: HeadlessBuddha Samples / Grandpa Toy Piano


SampleTekk launches Blue Grand MkII for Kontakt

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SampleTekk has announced the release of Blue Grand MkII, a virtual piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

SampleTekk Blue Grand MkII

The Blue Grand is the perfect piano when you want something that’s a bit more mellow, old school and ambient sound. The great instrument used for the White Grand and White Sister, a large Malmsjo Grand, a 100 year old beauty, was here used to create their more soft spoken sister.

Blue Grand MkII

  • Up to 7 velocity levels.
  • More than 800 samples.
  • TimeVel Release Technology.
  • Sympathetic Resonance.
  • Real Pedaling.
  • Controllable volume for key/pedal noise.
  • Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and Resonance.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $29 USD (regular $59 USD).

More information: SampleTekk / Blue Grand MkII


Modartt releases Pianoteq 5

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Modartt has launched Pianoteq 5, an update of the virtual piano instrument for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Modartt Pianoteq 5

We have devoted two years of research to developing and refining the award-winning Pianoteq physical model.

Pianoteq 5 brings a new clarity and authenticity to the piano sound. Moreover, it offers no less than 9 new piano models, and sound recording is taken to a higher level of control with the addition of directional microphones, letting you choose from a range of well-known microphone brands.

Changes in Pianoteq 5

  • All instruments brought up-to-date with latest model improvements, D4 and YC5 re-built from scratch.
  • Nine new instruments: Grand K2 and the Kremsegg Collection.
  • The free KIVIR instruments are still those of version 4, but we are working on them and a very improved version will be available soon. Stay tuned.
  • Directional microphones support, which can be rotated in all directions.
  • Many microphone models, with various directivity patterns, are available.
  • Microphones can be linked together, and then moved or rotated together.
  • The polarity of a microphone can be reversed (for M/S recording situations, typically).
  • The four pedals of the interface can be re-assigned to a few parameters such as Rattle, Lute Stop, Celeste, Super Sostenuto.
  • Improved key noises, with an optional humanization of the parameters.
  • Pianoteq presets (FXP files) can now embed a short MIDI excerpt.
  • Dithering added to the audio export in Pianoteq Standalone.
  • Small metronome improvements.

Pianoteq 5 is available for purchase for 99 EUR (Stage) / 249 EUR (Standard) / 399 EUR (Pro). Owners of previous versions of Pianoteq can upgrade for 29 EUR.

More information: Pianoteq