Posts Tagged ‘piano’


A new release featuring 12 piano live ballades has been added at Emotuned.

The first song, Guit Bal, was composed/recorded live using Roland FP7-F  Supernatural piano (only one edited note over the 4 min length song). The drums part  is based on Superior Drummer and Studio Drummer sounds. Other songs use Roland Complete Piano card and Symphonic Orchestra.

NI presents Alicia’s KEYS, a 7 Gb (equivalent to 17 Gb 16 bits linear) piano samples library, featuring a Yamaha C3 Neo, played by Alicias Keys (with 12 velocity levels). It requires Kontkat 4 (full or Player), that isn’t anymore compatible with PowerPC. A video and audio demos are available. It is priced 99 euros (through download starting March, 29).

Roland announced the K-RD700GX1, a SuperNATURAL update for RD-700GX’s piano. This expansion card includes 17 new piano presets, based on modeling (derived from V-Piano) and samples. Details are provided here : . expressivity in every single key (samples), expressivity according to the player’s touch and expressivity of decaying sounds (through modeling).
Expected price is about 329 euros, and it will be available by February.

Yamaha CF3 Piano free samples

Posted: December 6, 2009 in Audio
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To complement the great Independence library, we can find a free Yamaha CF3 Piano library (932 Mb, 792 samples) made by Mats Helgesson. That is here for the download (337Mb archive). Its format (GigaStudio) can be imported into Kontakt.

The samples number (and size) can seem small compared with recent piano libraries, however there is to remember that what makes a piano library sound good are its samples homogeneity (very difficult to achieve starting with thousands of samples) and its playability and liveness. For example the Roland Complete Piano card includes the same number of samples (4 velocity levels x 88 notes x 2 – for stereo) on only 64 Mb (compressed format, probably close to a 1/10 ratio).

VSL presents Vienna Imperial, a Bosendorder Imperial 290-755 piano library that includes 500 Gb of samples (100 velocity levels / 1200 samples per note – includes multiple length release trails) ! The samples (24 bits/44,1 Khz) are compressed at install time (lossless) to only require 50 Gb. A new player is provided (features a convolution reverb). An Intel Core Duo mac with Leopard is required, as well as 1,5 Gb available ram. Audio demos are available. It is priced 875$.

While doing some search about Roland V-Piano new PHA-III keys technology (progressive keys motion sensor, instead of only two states), I discovered that patentMOTION SENSOR FOR A PIANO KEY MOTION ANALYSIS SYSTEM, that was filled in 1996 by a french person, and was published in 1999 (see also here, 1995). We can then wonder if Roland owns a previous patent about the same principle.
We can indeed find an old Roland patent (from 1974 !), that seems to cover basic two states mechanism, but also states : During the time required for this movement a previously charged capacitor discharges and the voltage remaining on the capacitor is applied to circuitry which varies the volume of the output tone accordingly.
In a commercial Roland PDF about the new LX-10 digital piano (that was announced also during the NAMM 2009, but that uses the older PHA II Progressive Hammer Action), we can read something about the 6.946.594 patent. This one doesn’t seem published yet bowever, as it is often the case (Apple only recently released the hundreds of patents that cover the iPhone and multi-touch user interactions).