Ken Pond Design – Piano Noir v1.1 (KONTAKT)

By | September 9, 2023


Publisher: Sampleism

Description : Piano Noir is a virtual instrument sampled by the Square grand (or box grand) piano.
The instrument was sampled using the mid-side stereo microphone placement technique.

High quality condenser and boundary microphones were used to record the instrument at 48kh, 24 bit rate.

This Special Piano was built in 1879. Leather and brass were used in the construction of the strings, giving the instrument softer intonations than modern pianos.
It should be borne in mind that this is not a perfect virtual instrument, but the most authentic recording of a seasoned and unique set of sounds.
In the piano’s multi-layer velocity scheme the higher velocity ranges include key slaps and cracking artifacts.

A velocity sensitive “bell sweetener” was added to the instrument to enhance some of the lost high and low end characteristics of the instrument that have degraded over time. Some key interpolation was required as well since some keys and strings have been damaged beyond repair.

Piano Noir also includes four additional key switches that contain cinematic or ambient percussion, de-tuned tones, and sound effects derived from the same square grand and recorded in the same setting as the piano itself.

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