Rain Piano MkII

The Rain Piano was recorded after some extensive Tom Waits listening. Specially the ”Mule Variation” album, (great stuff!). I fell in love with the piano sound on that record and decided to make something in that line.

After long discussions with our piano technician:

Me: ”I want the piano to sound like it’s been out in the rain for a few days”

Piano Tech Guy: ”?????????”

We got a concept worked out where we set up the piano so that it would produce a lot more overtones but still be working with other, properly tuned, instruments.

That was about 10 years ago, and even though it was released as a straightforward, 16-bit sample library without any release samples, it became a kind of a synonym for character pianos. It has been used, and is still used on countless productions where you want something that adds a different flavor rather then using a ”normal” piano.

Since the samplers has been become more advanced and the Rain Piano still are one of our most popular pianos, we decided to bring it up to date and add some functions in the line of the original ideas.

So, we got the original master recordings out, (and they where in 24 bits), made some refinements to them and built the instrument from scratch.

We also added hammerback and pedalnoise samples and release samples.

Then we added our True Resonance feature and used Kontakts scripting facilities to make Real Time/True Pedaling, Sympathetic Resonance and some other nifty features, and, Voila: The Rain Piano MkII!

  • Up to 11 velocity levels
  • True Resonance ™
  • TimeVel Release Technology ™
  • Sympathetic Resonance
  • Controllable volume for key/pedal noise
  • Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and True Resonance
  • 24 bit 44.1 stereo samples

Kontakt 4, (full version, it will open in the free player, but in a time limited/session mode)

If you don't have the full Kontakt needed to use Rain Piano MkII, you might want to check out Rain Piano, it*s based on the same samples, and have the same great dynamic response. Rain Piano comes in EXS24, HALion and Kontakt format. You can read more about Rain Piano here.

The Blue Grand MkII

The Blue Grand is the perfect piano when you want something that’s a bit more mellow, old school and ambient sound.
The great instrument used for the White Grand and White Sister, a large Malmsjo Grand, a 100 year old beauty, was here used to create their more soft spoken sister.
The instrument was miked up pretty closed, to remain contact with the instrument, but room mikes was used to give it a more ambient character.
It was also tuned to give a bit more movement in the tone, giving it an even more old school sound.
The Blue Grand is not the ultimate Grand Piano that will cover all bases, but if you need a ambient, old school instrument that still has precense, look no further!

We added hammerback and pedalnoise samples.
Then we added our True Resonance feature and used Kontakts scripting facilities to make Real Time/True Pedaling, Sympathetic Resonance and some other nifty features.

   
  • Up to 7 velocity levels
  • More than 800 samples
  • TimeVel Release Technology ™
  • Sympathetic Resonance
  • Real Pedaling
  • Controllable volume for key/pedal noise
  • Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and Resonance

You'll need minimum Kontakt 4 full version. It will open in the free player, or with a player that came with another Kontakt instrument, but only in a demo mode. That means that there's a time limitation/session.

Vertikal MkII

There are so many sampled pianos on the market today and you as a musician have the benefit to be able to choose from the multitude of different brands and sounds.
Most, or nearly all, of the sampled pianos are great, wonderful grand pianos like Steinway's, Bosendorfer and other truly amazing instruments.
But, sometimes you need something different.
Let's face it, you wouldn't choose Pavarotti to sing rock and roll, would you?
Also, you probably would let Robert Plant sing "La Boheme"…..
Mind you, it probably would sound great in a way, but it's probably not what you're after!
Now, most of the sampled pianos on the market today are "Pavarotti's", but if you want a "Plant"-piano you don't have that many chooses, until now!

The Vertikal is a upright piano recorded and designed to do the job when you need that little extra "umpf" in your songs. It can be rock, blues, jazz, gospel or anything that needs the extra attitude. Shortly, when you need something not that "grand".

In the MkII both microphone perspectives are included so you can use them one by one, of mix to taste!

We also added hammerback and pedalnoise samples.

Then we added our True Resonance feature and used Kontakts scripting facilities to make Real Time/True Pedaling, Sympathetic Resonance and some other nifty features, and, Voila: Vertikal MkII

  • 16 velocity levels
  • More the 3900 samples
  • TimeVel Release Technology ™
  • Sympathetic Resonance
  • Controllable volume for key/pedal noise
  • Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and True Resonance
  • Two microphone perspectives
  • 24 bit 44.1 stereo samples

Kontakt 4, (full version, it will open in the free player, but in a time limited/session mode)

If you don't have the full Kontakt needed to use Vertikal MkII, you might want to check out Vertikal, it*s based on the same samples, and have the same great dynamic response. Vertikal comes in EXS24, HALion and Kontakt format. You can read more about Vertikal here.

S.S.G - Small Studio Grand

The ST SSG – Small Studio Grand is a smaller Grand Piano, (6' 1") that give a tighter, more defined sound then a larger instrument. This instrument has depth and roundness in the bass register, rich midrange and a clear, crisp treble .

Download Package contains Kontakt, HALion, EXS24 and SFZ versions. The GUI above shows the Kontakt version. HALion, EXS24 and SFZ contains the same samples but does not have all the functionalities that the Kontakt version has.

Recorded in one of Swedens best room for acoustic instruments, using Neumann M269’s and Neumann M250’s ensures that the recorded material gives you the best performance possible.

 
With its 21-28 velocity samples, it give you the dynamic response needed for studio use, making this great instrument equally suited for pop, jazz, rock and all things in between!


SFZ format tested on Sforzando - The free sampleplayer for Mac and PC. Both Standalone and Plugin

  • 21-28 sustain velocity levels
  • More the 1500 samples
  • TimeVel Release Technology ™ (Kontakt Version)
  • True Resonance Technology ™
  • Sympathetic Resonance (Kontakt Version)
  • Controllable volume for key/pedal noise (Kontakt Version)
  • Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and True Resonance (Kontakt Version)
  • 24 bit 44.1 stereo samples

For Kontakt version, you'll need minimum Kontakt 5 full version. It will open in the free player, or with a player that came with another Kontakt instrument, but only in a demo mode. That means that there's a time limitation/session.

 



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