Native Instruments NOIRE captures Nils Frahm’s signature grand piano sound

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Native Instruments has announced the release NOIRE, a new Kontakt instrument that captures the signature grand piano sound of composer and pianist Nils Frahm.

Noire Nils Frahm

The instrument – which includes both pure and felt preparation versions of a Yamaha CFX 9’ concert grand – was meticulously sampled in the rich ambient environment of Saal 3 in Berlin’s Funkhaus recording complex.

The result is a unique, intense, and evocative instrument, with an atmosphere all of its own.

Two distinct sample sets – pure and felt

NOIRE offers new sonic inspiration for solo compositions, scoring, and more, with two distinct grand piano sample sets.

The pure version presents the clear, unadulterated tone of Nils Frahm’s handpicked and custom-intonated concert grand piano, captured in a renowned recording studio.

NI Noire felt

The felt version is the same piano, in the same room, but with a felt moderator between hammers and strings, which creates a gentle tone with reduced attack.

Users can sculpt the sound of both versions by adjusting attack, release, resonance, overtones, velocity curve, temperament, and more.

Extensive creative customization options

NOIRE provides a wide array of creative options so users can make the sound their own.

Users can add natural and mechanical noises to enhance realism, dial in sub bass, alter the spectral character of the instrument, and choose from sound design effects to completely transform the instrument’s sound.

NI Noire felt edit

NOIRE also offers EQ, compression, reverb, and delay for fine-tuning the piano’s place in the mix.

To help spark new creative ideas, NOIRE incorporates an innovative particles engine that automatically generates clouds of pulsating, swirling harmonic elements based on what users play.

NI Noire felt particles

This engine instantly adds motion to parts and pushes players to explore new possibilities.

Sampled by Uli Baronowsky and Galaxy Instruments

To create NOIRE, Nils Frahm’s personally selected concert grand piano was methodically sampled by Uli Baronowsky and Galaxy Instruments.

Using vintage microphones and preamps, the team captured the full dynamic and tonal range of the instrument in Saal 3 of Berlin’s Funkhaus Nalepastrasse recording complex – once the home of East German state radio.

Native Instruments Noire

In collaboration with Native Instruments, Uli and Galaxy Instruments have previously released UNA CORDA, THRILL, THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION, RISE & HIT, and THE GIANT.

NOIRE for Kontakt 6 and the free Kontakt 6 Player is available now for $149 USD / 149 EUR / £129 GBP.

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