December 21, 2012
This library features the Grand Piano sound of a great Pleyel grand piano from 1919. This is the piano sound out of the "Luthéal Piano" library, as this is the grand piano that was used as the basis for applying the Luthéal mechanism. We've had numerous enquiries for offering just the grand piano tone of the Pleyel as well, apart from the Luthéal package, so here it is! The instrument The lutheal is probably one of the rarest piano instruments in existence – with only one original instrument being left. Invented by the Belgian George Cloetens, it uses a grand piano as its basis and allows to change the tone of the piano by applying the Lutheal mechanism. Built in 1922, it has been completely restored and resides at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Brussels. This library features just the piano sound, without the additional altering of the added Luthéal mechanism. How the samples were captured The grand piano was sampled chromatically, providing 32 velocity layers to musically reproduce the instrument. Additionally, samples of the release noises are available with 8 velocity layers per key to contribute to the overall picture of the instrument. Pedal noise samples of each stop (pedal push/release) have been recorded as well. To start right away, presets are available for all common sample formats including HAlion2, Kontakt2 and higher, as well as EXS24. Recording For the critical task of recording the piano, we employed custom-made Wagner U47w tube microphones in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo preamps and Universal Audio 2192 digital converters. For maximum sound quality, we recorded in 192 kHz/24 bits resolution, downsampled to 44.1 kHz/24 bits.