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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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…
A beautiful piano
This gem is one of my favorite VI pianos, free or otherwise.
The overtones are just awesome, and it can cut trough the mix in a busy track or act as an ambient piano, so it’s very versatile.
I’d recommend increasing the attack just a bit, and the tail as much as you like, to make the most of it.