Year / Date of Issue : – 2018
Developer : Adam Monroe Music
Developer’s website : adammonroemusic.com
Format : VSTi
Bit depth : 32bit, 64bit
Tabletka : Cured
System requirements : Windows 7 +
Adam Monroe Music – Mark 73 Electric Piano 1.3
Adam Monroe Mark 73 Electric Piano sampled instrument 1976 Rhodes Mark I Stage Piano. The entire keyboard was wrapped with foil, which effectively eliminated EMI noise. The piano was sampled through the Radial Pro 48 DI direct box, and the signal was sent to the Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier, recorded relatively clean with the AEE R84 Ribbon Mic and the AEA TRP Preamp.
Each of the 73 notes of the piano was sampled 3 times on 10 layers of velosity. There were sampled DI releases as well as amplified signal, but the release of the amplified signal sounded a bit inappropriate, therefore it was decided to include only DI releases. The sound of the amplifier can be heard in the AMP sample, since the Fender Reverb Deluxe is a noisy amplifier, even without a signal. The DI samples are relatively clean in comparison.
This particular Rhodes piano was relatively melodic, but some post-processing to equalize pitch was necessary to equalize the difference of each note by +/- 2 cents. The “Bass Boost” knob of the piano’s piano was set to 1, and the volume knob was set to 9. The instrument remained with natural sound, without the need for tuning. For each note, it was necessary to carefully adjust the phase of the two signals manually, since the signal of the amplifier significantly lagged behind the DI signal. Settings on the amplifier were: high frequencies: 5, low: 5. The signal of the amplifier has a slightly more aggressive tone, so that the DI signal is warmer and fuller.
In the version of VST and Kontakt, some simple linear distortions were added, and reverb is also built in. The Smooth button has been added, which allows adjusting the steepness of digital linear distortions. The Kontakt version is cross-platform and all programming and effects are implemented via the sampler. Some simple scripts are executed by us. The purpose of this sample library, which is also a VSTi (virtual tool), is to try and provide an alternative to Kontakt’s performance. With this library, we feel that we did it.
Versions of VST and Audio Unit include updated high-performance algorithms that have been improved with every new virtual instrument released by Adam Monroe Music. For example, the buffering algorithm is binary and multithreaded, which means that the buffering performance is fast, even on slower computers and even at lower latencies. The use of memory is comparable to the version of Kontakt – about 390 MB. Thanks to the reliable VST and AU code base, you can be sure that the VST version should work just as well as the version for Kontakt.
Adam Monroe Music – Upright Piano 1.0.1
Adam Monroe’s piano was taken from the (slightly used) open piano of Shafer and Sons VS-40 using Oktava Mk-012 (in cardioid scheme) and AEA Ribbon microphone in wide stereo mode in Grace M101 and AEA TRP preamps. The piano was chosen with both a small diaphragm condenser and tape microphones to fix both the transitional parts and the warmth of the vertical piano. This approach allows the user to mix the positions of the microphone in order to achieve a more percussive SDC sound or a relaxed tape heat, depending on the needs of the track. With the same microphone position in the piano library, a solid, real, balanced sound, useful for pop and solo piano compositions, is achieved.
The piano was selected with a cover and a front panel to further emphasize the sounds of the strings and hammer, and the microphones were located directly above the hammers at a distance from each other. Naturally, some phase problems arose, so the phase was inverted on tape microphones to allow bass frequencies to pass. The piano was recorded in a slightly reverberating room, a little about which you can hear in the position of the tape.
The vertical piano of Adam Monroe contains 10 levels of speed for each note, with 2 notes of round robin, which corresponds to approximately 3500 sound samples. The instrument includes built-in reverberation and some expected frequencies that can be activated using switches. Cuts with a center of 10.6 kHz and 13.5 kHz are frequencies in which the noise of a piano hammer predominates, and a 120 Hz cut is intended for cleaning mud in bass-heavy mixtures.
Our intention in developing this library was to create a piano voice that was pierced and clean, without the sound of sterility or boredom. We believe that the end result is a discrete vertical piano that fits perfectly into mixes that do not sound clean or fake, and it has enough presence to breathe life into pop rock and rock tracks, and be versatile enough to be good sound like a solo instrument.
The Kontakt Upright Piano version of Adam Monroe is cross-platform and supported by Native Instruments, all programs and effects are performed through them. Some simple scripts are executed by us. For the version of Kontakt you need the FULL version of Kontakt 5 or newer. You can use the (free) version of the player to “demonstrate” the instrument, but it will time out after 15 minutes. Variants VST, Audio Unit and AAX – this is another beast, and programming is completely dependent on AdamMonroeMusic. Our goal in any sample library, which is also VSTi (virtual instrument), audio device or aax plug-in, is to try to match the performance of Kontakt Player. With this library, we feel that we have done it.
Versions of VST, AU and AAX include updated high-performance algorithms that have been improved with every new virtual instrument released by Adam Monroe Music. For example, the buffering algorithm is binary and multithreaded, which means that the buffering performance is fast, even on slower computers and even at lower latencies. Voices are held and repeated in a clean C-Style array. The use of memory is comparable to the version of Kontakt (about 400 MB). Due to the solid VST / AU code base, you can be sure that the versions of VST, AU and AAX will work just as well as the version of Kontakt.
Adam Monroe Music – Upright bass 1.3
Adam Monroe’s Upright Bass is a virtual instrument and bass library of samples (24-bit, 44.1), which can work directly in your DAW.
Sampling this bass used a Shure SM81 microphone stereopair in the near position, as well as a Neumann Tlm 102. During the mixing it was decided that the SM81 together with the D112 could give the best overall tone.
Adam Monroe Music – Beats Drum 2.3
Adam Monroe’s Beats – A virtual instrument / sample library / MIDI percussion kit that works directly on your DAW. Includes 30 fully customizable complex presets: 37 small drums, 27 bass drums and 22 volumes, 10 layer velosity
Adam Monroe Music – Austrian Grand Piano 1.2
Adam Monroe’s Austrian Grand piano is a virtual instrument and a collection of samples of the Bruder Mikula Wien antiquarian grand piano recorded with a pair of stereo tape microphones AEA R84. Reverb or frequency variation can be added to form the tone of the instrument. The instrument has a lively, warm, vintage tone. For realism, an elusive key sound was added to the library.
Adam Monroe Music – Slap Bass 1.1
A library sampled from the electric jazz bass of Fender with Carvin J99 on the direct box of Radial Pro48 DI. Articulations of “Slap” and “pop” were carefully and scrupulously recorded for each note. The usual notes were recorded with a mediator, in order to maintain the shock and metallic sound.
Adam Monroe Music – Honky Tonk Piano 2.4
Virtual piano, plugin format 32/64-bit VSTi (Windows) + library for virtual sampler Native Instruments Kontakt. The instrument offers a piano voice for ragtime, but can be used in any music style that requires a “worn-down” piano sound. This full-featured, 88-key piano has 16-bit sound, a pedal and 32 notes of polyphony.