Broadwood by Ben Smith
Not much is known by me about this here piano.
We were en route south from the Highlands and stopping in Embra for a bit of festival action.
I was carrying a portable rig with me as I had just recorded a piano in the Highlands, and the opportunity presented itself one lazy morning.
I popped in – set up – and using two odd (work with what you got) Rode mics hung over the hammers I got the requisite 224 samples the best I could.
You can here the festival in the background so NR might be preffered – but I like the artefacts and atmosphere.
No felts involved – just a practice pedals that slightly dampens the resonance.
Files as follows using Christian’s long from round robin template.
NB: all RAW files without NR
Soft layer x3 per note
Loud layer x3 per note
Release Triggers x3 per note
Pedal on x8
Pedal off x8
The EXS instrument is assembled best as I can, following Christian’s guide and my intuition.
A few things to note:
1. round robins are all set for the soft and loud layers although playing a arpeggio only rotates only plays the first sample on each key
2. Pedal on and off samples won’t respond to the sustain pedal and won’t round robin
3. RTs only play first file and I can’t get the decay right – so when you hold a note manually and lift off, the RT is super loud.
4. when sustain pedal held – the noise floor accumulates nastily – might need an NR version of files or maybe I’ve set something up wrong.
As a result of these issues, I have left the Pedal samples out of the instrument, and RT files are reduced in volume to -5.
Got to sort out those bits then its should all be lovely.
I am going to continue my EXS adventure but in all likelihood – I may have to learn to use Kontakt.
Over to you.
Reviews for Broadwood
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The perfect piano
On it's on or in a stacked layer, this piano has suited my every needs, and became my "go to" when I need a piano sounds. Beautiful reverbs, can't recommended enough.
This is literally one of my favourite pianos on Pianobook
There are definitely some quirks of playing this (as others mentioned about the velocity layers), but if you keep to the quietest dynamics, this piano is full of warmth and reminds me of a piano I once played in a competition in elemetary school, so it evokes some fond memories from my childhood. The high-end can feel very haunting with just the right amount of hall/reverb, too.
A nice warm piano
This piano has a lovely big and warm character.
i dont know why but this made me think of elton john. The piano itself is definitely unique for pianobook and i haven't really heard anything like it. Its warm and characterful while still being pretty bright and present. I think its a really useful one to have around. As others have pointed out, the velocity response is a little weird and different from most pianos but theres a really good amount of round robins which is awesome and always appreciated.
Lots to like, but not for everyone
This piano is well recorded. It's bright and the editing is good. The issue I have with it is the dynamic response. There are two velocity layers which are really different in timbre, and lend an uneven quality to playing. I found the instrument to be much more playable after I turned the upper dynamic zones down 3 dB. It's not every zone, though. It's kind of uneven. I wish more time had gone into tweaking these dynamic ranges to even it all out a bit more. It certainly would have increased the playability of this instrument.