I’m a Glasgow based producer/composer called Richard Luke and was scoring a short animated film using this great Steinway Model D Concert Grand, located in a nearby church in Glasgow. I decided to have a crack at sampling it which is my first foray into piano sampling (thanks pianobook) It’s delicate and glassy and you can really sense the acoustic of the space it was recorded in.
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This is the best sounding sampled piano I have ever heard, and I prefer it to some expensive products I own. I award 4 stars though, as I am frustrated that there is a sharp increase in volume between the velocity around 69 to 70 on some notes, so this instrument is most effective when used on a consistenly loud or consistently quiet piece of music, because subtle increases in volume often sound a bit jarring and unnatural. I feel a bit guilty complaining at all for an impressive freebie such as this, yet it is something minor I noticed.
Wonderful experience. Beautiful sound. Professional movie quality instrument
I am so excited about the Decent Sampler conversions that I have been downloading everything that has a DS version. My mother was a priest and my Grandfather played a Steinway. So this was like a journey to good places when I was young.
The flow and weight playing is very strong, I have a sense of the place it was recorded.
It instantly added the character I need for the song I am working on.
So very grateful for the time it took to make this available ~ s
I found the sound great – just a couple slight annoyances in that that the SFZ download didn’t appear to have the samples in it, but they’re easily found in the Kontakt version. Also, there was an issue with the samples not loading, so if anyone else has this problem, the fix was to edit the SFZ file in a text editor like Notepad and change ‘default_path=../Samples/’ to ‘default_path=./Samples/’. All in all though, a lovely sound.
Sounds really smooth and realistic.
Use in Logic 10.5 Sampler
When using this fine piano (I own a Steinway D myself..) in the new Logic 10.5 Sampler, be sure to set the Polyphony parameter high up (max.99). You will find this in the sampler in ‘Synth’, click ‘Details’ and in the third column you will find ‘Polyphony’. It’s default set on 16 which gives problems when using chords with pedal.
It might be that this setting also has to be changed within the ‘old’ EXS24 sampler from the previous Logic versions.
And if you are within the Logic Sampler, go to ‘Mod Matrix’ and look at the Envelope 1 ADSR figure. Grab the right arm, the release parameter and set it to 172 (or about). This makes the release of the sound after leaving the key somewhat more realistic. As it was, when releasing the key the sound is away to sudden. Oh, do not forget to save within the Sampler…