Sonicsmiths Piano In Blue [KONTAKT]

Steinway D Concert Grand Piano
  • Publisher: Sonicsmiths
  • Product: Piano In Blue
  • Release: Talula
  • Requirements: Kontakt v6.6.1+

Sonicsmiths’ Piano In Blue is a virtual instrument library that offers musicians and producers the opportunity to incorporate the historic sound of the Steinway D concert grand piano into their compositions. This piano, renowned for its use in Miles Davis’ “Kind Of Blue” and Glenn Gould’s “Goldberg Variations,” has been meticulously sampled to capture its unique timbre and resonance. The library is compatible with the free Native Instruments Kontakt Player 6.6.1+ and NKS encoding, making it accessible to a wide range of users.

Piano In Blue stands out for its authentic sound quality. The library includes 9300 samples across 8 velocity layers, recorded chromatically to ensure a true representation of the instrument’s character. The samples have been de-noised for clarity, allowing the warm richness of the Steinway D to shine through.

The library features three microphone positions—close/vintage, mid, and far—offering a range of sonic perspectives from the same recording session. Additionally, two signal chains were recorded for each microphone: one clean signal through a Neve console and another through a historic tape machine, providing users with a choice between a pristine or colorized sound.

With the latest update, Piano In Blue is easily accessible through the Libraries tab of Kontakt and includes improvements to performance and sound quality. The update also introduces NKS encoding for seamless integration with Native Instruments hardware.

Piano In Blue is a valuable tool for music creators seeking the iconic sound of a historic piano. Its detailed sampling, multiple microphone positions, and processing paths offer a versatile and authentic piano-playing experience. Whether used in classical compositions or modern productions, Piano In Blue delivers a piece of music history directly into the hands of today’s artists.

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