Yamaha C2 MVP

Yamaha C2 MVP


10 years ago, I used my children’s budding interest in learning piano as an excuse to buy a new Yamaha C2 Grand that I had secretly wanted for a long time. We’ve all made a lot of great music on that piano. However, now my kids are grown up, moved out and we’re thinking of downsizing and I wanted to sample this piano in case we decide it can’t move with us. These sample instruments are my first try at capturing the Yamaha’s sound.

This was the first time I’ve ever setup microphones or tried to record on anything other than my phone. I used a pair of AKG C414 XL microphones in cardoid configuration about 6 inches above the strings. This went into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and directly into Logic Pro. I did 4 takes with the MVP template and tried to use my ears to pick the best samples for the final instruments. No further processing was done (other than noise reduction in RX8). Using all the great videos provided by the community, I was able to create pretty basic Sampler, Kontakt and Decent Sampler instruments.

However, the seed is now planted and using everything I learned, I’m already planning a deeper sampled version with perhaps more microphone positions and several patches with effects. Thank you for all the community support in exploring this wonderful experiment.


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Nice Yamaha C2 recording

5.0 rating
July 10, 2021

Eric, love this Yamaha C2 recording, just made an improved Decent Sampler version, and would like to share to the community. Feel free to share this version

Luis Cameron

Outstanding !

5.0 rating
June 28, 2021

Probably the best piano on here, crystal clear and full of depth.
Well done ! Sits in a mix flawlessly.

Bud Greenwood

Big Love

5.0 rating
June 13, 2021

Love this wonderful sounding playable piano! I’m a beginner, used to playing on digital pianos with their concert grand sounds. The first time I sat at a my little music schools budget baby grand I was really thrown by the sound – because of my inexperience. Now I practice with a variety of vsts and this C2 is the best. Feels like I have my own studio piano. Many thanks.

Mark Johnson

Best Soulful Piano Around

5.0 rating
June 12, 2021

For me the best piano available here. I’m into 60’s and 70’s soul music, and at first listening it took me right streight to that sound. It deserves a deeper sampleng, note by note, with more velocity. layers. It only misses a few strong hits for notes around middle of the keyboard. But the recording setup should be exactly the same, it’s just perfect. Thank you and congrats for its creator!

Gianni Lima

True and realistic.

5.0 rating
March 13, 2021

This works very well in a mix. I would describe it as natural, true, authentic and realistic. No artificial embellishments, just a well sampled, honest, great sounding piano.

Matthew Humphreys


A Yamaha C2 Grand captured with a pair of AKG C414

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