Black Grand Close


The magnificent Steinway D, recorded in a concerthall for the true concert grand experience. Three different perspectives, Close, Ambient and Medium Ambiance gives you tree different instruments to choose from. Incredible 48 samples/note cut's this sampled instrument in a class of it's own.

The "Close" perspective was recorded with the microphones placed very close to the strings. Normally, this isn't the way you would record a classical piece, but you will find that this perspective gives you a great presence and brilliance. Try this version for an in-your-face pop or jazz sound, or for bold and aggressive features. Definitely reach for this version first on a live performance. It has the raw edge needed to cut through a pounding rhythm section, or to back up a powerful vocalist. The more live your playing space, the more likely that the Close Perspective instrument will work for you.

The treble and bass side of the microphones capturing the Close Perspective. Milab DC-96B (above) and MG UM30 (right)


“I was listening to some Suzanne Ciani at work the other day during my lunch hour. She is a huge figure in New Age piano. I also had a CD-R in the machine of some test pieces I had created using the Black Grand (Ambient Perspective). I had actually forgotten that CD was in the machine. When it started playing the Black Grand pieces, I was immediately struck by the fact that it sounded in the zone of the Ciani material, but actually much better - warmer, which for me is a good thing! So here was an unprocessed sampled piano - the Black Grand - sounding much better than a real piano which had been recorded and mastered in a million dollar studio. Amazing!
- Lawrence Lougheed

"Black Grand is really a dream piano"
-Pascal Perrin, Composer & Producer

"Love it! Thanks for your excellent work and the obvious love and care you have for
your virtual instruments."

-Roger Barnes, Musician and Composer

“Got the Black Grand. Wow! A sampling masterpiece”
Grant Olsen – Musician & Composer

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