Over 10 years ago, Christian sampled a felted piano for “Secret of the Moonacre” and subsequently made it available through Spitfire Labs as “Soft Piano”. In 2019, the team a Spitfire Audio tracked down the same piano, a Yamaha U3, and sampled it at the hall in Air studios as part of an upcoming Spitfire library. The piano was recorded with massive range of microphones (Neumann M49s, Soyuz 017, Coles 4038s, Schoeps MK4s, Sontronics Apollo 2, AEA 44s, Neuman M50s and Schoeps Boundary Layer Micropones “Stingrays”).
This special Pianobook version was sampled in a cycle of fifths in two dynamic layers and a range of microphones can be selected, along with special mixes by Jake Jackson.
Check out the video of the recording session at Air Studios below, and a video about the challenges I had making an alpha Kontakt version..