Adam Monroe Music Austrian Grand Piano V.1.2 KONTAKT VST AU
Adam Monroe's Austrian Grand piano was sampled from a 100 year old Bruder Mikula Wien Austrian grand through a pair of AEA R84 ribbon microphones into an AEA TRP ribbon microphone preamp. Prior to recording, the piano's hammer felts were sanded down to warm them up a bit. The piano was sampled in stereo under the lid, because that's where the tone sounded best, at a sample rate of 44.1 kHz. It took many weeks to sample the piano entirely, as it was in such a state that most of the tuning pegs could no longer hold a pitch for any length of time. The piano was sampled labriously, with the softest to loudest dynamics being played, resulting in a library that can boast 10 velocity layers and 2 note round-robin.
Sampling originally began by recording through an additional pair of Oktava Mk-012's to capture room ambience, but early on it was determined that the piano's tone was best captured by the ribbon mics, and that potentially increasing the size of the sample library by several gigs to include room ambience would not significantly improve the sound.
Do to high-gain signal-noise unique to ribbons, quite a bit of noise became present when building the sample library. Noise from the ribbons is negligible, but when stacking 30-40 notes on top of eachother (such as in a sample library) the noise compounds and becomes quite noticeable. Therefore, the extra step of de-noising the samples was taken. Noise wasn't removed completely - to avoid making the sample library sterile - and a faint "hiss" can be heard if you listen to the library carefully. For some people, some noise is desirable, but it can further be reduced by engaging the "4kHz cut" switch, as this is where most of the microphone noise tends to propagate.
This virtual instrument can be a great addition to your collection, as it fills a nice niche between bright sterile pianos (like Yamaha's) and smooth, mellow pianos (like Faziolis). We were happy we could save such an old piano and turn it into a unique sample instrument and VST/Audio Unit.
The Kontakt version of Adam Monroe's Austrian Grand Piano is cross-platform, and is maintained by Native Instruments, all the programming and effects being done through them. Some simple scripting is done by us. The VST and Audio Unit versions are another beast entirely, and the programming falls entirely on AdamMonroeMusic. The goal in any sample library that is also a VSTi (virtual instrument) or Audio Unit, is to attempt to match the performance of the Kontakt Player. With this library, we feel like we have done just that.
The VST and Audio Unit versions includes updated, high-performance algorithms that have been improving with each new virtual instrument released by Adam Monroe Music. For example, the buffering algorithm is double-buffered and multithreaded, which means that buffering performance is fast, even on slower computers, and even in lower latencies. Voices are held and iterated over in a pure, C-Style array. Memory use is comparable to the Kontakt version. Because of the solid VST/Audio Unit code base and, you can feel confident that the VST and Audio Unit versions should work just as well as the Kontakt version.
Why develop a VST or Audio Unit version at all? Although a great piece of software, the Full version of Kontakt (required to run 3rd party sample libraries) is expensive. Developing a VST and Audio Unit version that anyone can use does not add significant time to the development of a piano sample library - most of the time is spent sampling and processing the samples - so it's a real no-brainer.
Audio engineering is a large part of creating a VST or Audio Unit, but the sounds of this ground piano have barely been processed. A little of the mid and high frequencies were rolled back in the piano's lower range, and the samples were denoised, but other than that, this library is nearly a direct translation of the sound of a 100 year old Austrian Grand Piano.
Adam Monroe Music Honky Tonk Piano V.2.4 KONTAKT VST AU
Adam Monroe's Honky Tonk Piano was sampled from a vintage Chickering upright piano - exact age unknown - primarily through a Neumann TLM 102 microphone. The piano had undoubtedly seem some action, and although it could be tuned (one note at a time) the tone of the piano was a bit on the "honky" side. The piano was sampled close-miced with lid open in mono, but each note was carefully panned to creat a stereo effect. An AKG D112 was used initially in order to capture the lower frequencies, but the TLM 102 did a fine enough job on its own.
We attempted to sample this piano deeply (10 velocity layers, 2 note round robin) but in the end, round robin was only partially captured, well the velocity goals were met. Unlike most piano libraries that just record one or the other, the piano was sampled with both sustain pedal open and closed, increasing the library's size, but allowing for more expression well playing.
Once the notes were recorded, the laborious task of processing them began. Noise was removed and the piano was eq'd and compressed - yes, this is a heavily processed plugin. The end result is an EXTREMELY PURCUSSIVE and LOUD piano library that will cut through your mix. This is not a pristine, clean plugin, and the notes can be quite hard hitting! We feel this adds to the percussive nature of honky-tonk style piano playing. Although we've cleaned up the notes quite a bit since the VST's initial release, we feel that too much cleaning-up starts to destroy the sound and feel of the plugin.
This piano plugin can be a great addition to your collection, as it fills a nice niche in the world of sampled upright pianos. If you need to make demos or recordings of ragtime music, or just need a generally purcussive piano, this virtual instrument is ready to become the newest member of your VST, AU, or Kontakt arsenal.
The Kontakt version of Adam Monroe's Honky Tonk Piano is cross-platform, and is maintained by Native Instruments, all the programming and effects being done through them. Some simple scripting is done by us. The VST and Audio Unit versions are another beast entirely, and the programming falls entirely on Adam Monroe Music. The goal in any sample library that is also a VSTi (virtual instrument) or AU (Audio Unit) is to attempt to match the performance of the Kontakt Player. With this library, we feel like we have done just that.
The VST and AU versions include updated, high-performance algorithms that have been improving with each new virtual instrument released by Adam Monroe Music. For example, the buffering algorithm is double-buffered and multithreaded, which means that buffering performance is fast, even on slower computers, and even in lower latencies. Voices are held and iterated over in a pure, C-Style array. Memory use is comparable to the Kontakt version. Because of the solid VST/AU code base and - and compilation of the code to not need external .dll's/objects/libs - you can feel confident that the VST and AU versions should work just as well as the Kontakt version.
Why develop VST and AU versions at all? Although a great piece of software, the Full version of Kontakt (required to run 3rd party sample libraries) is expensive. Developing VST and AU versions that anyone can use does not add significant time to the development of a piano sample library - most of the time is spent sampling and processing the samples - so it's a real no-brainer.
Audio engineering is a large part of creating a VST or Audio Unit, and you will find some useful things like reverb, lo-fi, and chorus built into this plugin. The VST version is based on VST 2.4, and should work in nearly any modern version of 32 or 64 bit version of Windows. The Audio Unit version is compatible with, and will show up in, DAWs that still use the older CARBON resources, and is also compatible with 64 AND 32 bit DAWs running on Mac OSX. The download size for all versions is 2.9 GB, and unzipped the library takes up about 4.2 GB. We use Amazon for file serving, so you can rest assured your download will be fast and smooth!
VS Upright v1.0
Designed as a light-weight sketching piano, the VS Upright No. 1 is a clean sampling of an upright piano, the standard of homes, small clubs and studios around the world.
With a broad dynamic range and a bright, clear tone, the upright can still display a soft side when needed.
• 3 velocity layers, 2x RR, sampled in tritones to reduce size.
• Full decays of up to 30 seconds recorded.
• Recorded stereo from up close and personal for a broad, full sound.
Download contains Kontakt version and VSTi/AU versions
Toontrack EZkeys Studio Grand v1.0.0 WiN/OSX Incl.Keygen-R2R
THE PERFECT PIANO.
The Steinway & Sons B-211, widely considered the "perfect piano” and the number one choice for professional studio work
The Studio Grand sound library features a carefully sampled Steinway & Sons B-211 grand piano. With its balanced timbre and versatile range of use, this specific instrument is commonly referred to as the "perfect piano” and often the premier choice for professional studio work. All this combined with the creative framework of EZkeys will give you not only the sound of one of the world’s finest pianos – it even comes with tools to help you create and write great music.
EZkeys Studio Grand contains the same software, functionality and extensive MIDI library as the other EZkeys titles.
EZKEYS FEATURE SPOTLIGHT
• Each EZkeys contains the same software including all functionality as well as the extensive standard MIDI library.
• Each EZkeys comes loaded with an individual sound library.
• Customers that already own one EZkeys can go straight for any other and get a discounted price. All your EZkeys sound libraries will be accessible through the same instance of EZkeys
Garritan Personal Orchestra VSTi HYBRiD iSO-TNC
Garritan Personal Orchestra is an award-winning orchestral library that has become the industry standard. Affordable, easy-to-use and comprehensive. Includes all the major instruments of the orchestra - strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and keyboards.
Includes the highest quality collection of orchestral instruments ever sampled. Quality instruments such as a Steinway® grand piano, Stradivari and Guarneri violins, concert harps, celesta, concert pipe organ, and many other fine instruments.
The new version of GPO includes select brass samples from Project SAM that strengthen Garritan Personal Orchestra's brass section to add punch and excitement to your musical compositions. GPO4 also includes choir sounds, extended ranges for select instruments as well as Ensemble Presets.
GPO4's new Auto Legato intelligently detects when you are playing a smooth line with overlapping notes and automatically applies correct legato transitions between notes. Creating realistic phrasing has never been easier. Auto Legato also makes playable trills extremely easy.
GPO4 now integrates the high quality Ambience reverb with the ARIA Player and has individual mixing sends for each instrument. Stereo Stage imparts spacious stereo imagery for the GPO4 instruments.
Put GPO4 exactly in tune with your ideas. The new ARIA instrument engine supports control over individual instrument tuning, the frequency serving as the overall pitch standard, and Scala definition files, a standardized format for scale degree tunings.
This release includes a full orchestral sample library, Native Instrument KONTAKT Player, GenieSoft Overture SE notation program, Steinberg Cubasis VST 4.0 (PC/OEM), Ambience Reverb, and GPO Studio, a new VSTi host application that works with notation programs. All this in a 4CD set.
CD1= Program Disc
Cd2+Cd3= Sample Disc
Production Voices Estate Grand LE for sforzando
Production Voices’ Estate Grand Piano is a beautifully hand-sampled Kawai GS60 6’9″ grand piano.
It was recorded with care and with only the finest equipment at a country estate in the heart of Southern Ontario Canada.
Estate Grand LE features
1.8+ GB sample size uncompressed.
Delivered in lossless FLAC compressed format
Easy 650mb download size.
Up to 10 velocity layers per key (Up to 25 samples per note: Pedal up, down and release samples).
1 stereo microphone position.
Full pedal down and pedal up samples.
Authentic sustain pedal up and down noises!
Controllable keyboard action/mechanism noises.
Recorded at 24 bit 44.1 kHz with incredible detail and fidelity through Apogee Symphony I/O, Neumann and Rode microphones.
Made for the FREE standalone Plogue sforzando
All samples are taken from the larger 11 GB Estate Grand for sforzando.
Self-contained standalone player. No paid software required to run!
Works with all major DAW’s such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Sonar, Cubase and more!
Mac and PC compatible
64 bit compliant
Great sound quality, yet small size.
Estate Grand LE for sforzando is free to Production Voices newsletter subscribers.
Togu Audio Line Sampler v1.4.6 WiN/MAC-UNION
TAL-Sampler is not just a sample player. It's a full featured analog modeled synthesizer with a sampler engine as sound source, including a powerful modulation matrix and a high quality self-oscillating 24/12/6 dB low pass filter.
Don't expect a 40GB piano sample library with samples for every velocity or something similar. The idea is to bring back the fun sampling was in the good old times with small samples, fast loading times and an intuitive work-flow to create your own sample presets without getting lost in the settings.
It's possible to choose between different digital analog converters (DAC's) to get the vintage sound of different hardware samplers inside your DAW. We don't make cheap bit crushing or decimation on the output signal. We really down-sample the sample to the desired sampling frequency, then process the data depending on the chosen DAC and up-sample it to the desired pitch. Most DAC modes offer a LEVEL slider. This feature allows the user to reduce the volume of the recorded sample and decreases the sample quality. Load your favorite high quality sample and make it sound vintage and noisy. The 24dB low pass filter will like it!
Following diagram shows the signal flow if you choose the DAC Emu II mode:
The plug-in has four layers an can play four samples simultaneous. There is also a simple SFZ import for samples that imports the mapping and sample paths, but the plug-in also contains an easy to use mapping editor.
TAL-Sampler is available in the VST, Audio Unit and AAX plug-in format. You can load and play your own samples in every common sample format (*.wav, *.aiff, *.aif, *.mp3, *.ogg, *.flac). Import samples with drag & drop from finder or explorer. There is also an intuitive sample browser that helps to find samples fast.
Some nice additions like a vintage real-time time stretcher and the possibility to modulate or automate the sample loop positions.
Vintage DAC modes (Emu II, AM6070, Sample Hold).
Steep 96dB low-pass reconstruction filter (Emu II and AM6070 F).
Variable sample rate.
Four sample layers.
Three AHDSR envelopes with vintage Digital / RC mode.
Three LFO's (Triangle, Saw, Rectangle, Random, Noise).
High Quality effects (Reverb, EQ, Delay).
Self resonating zero feedback delay filter (24/12/6 dB LP).
Wide range of audio formats supported (*.wav, *.aiff, *.aif, *.mp3, *.ogg, *.flac).
Scalable high resolution user interface.
The possibility to change font and background colour.
Fast sample and preset loading.
More than 100 presets available as download (on the right).