This Yamaha CP70 belongs to my friend David, an absolute madlad of an electric guitar player and recording engineer.
The opportunity to record this was very impromptu and imprecise, and so there are lots of little errors in the procedure, like wild screams from the room echoing into sympathetic resonance, and some clipping from the board into the interface. But I love it nonetheless. It took me a while before I was confident in the cleaning of the samples and mapping enough to share this, but I think it is good now where it is.
It has all the things a good CP70 in my mind should have, slightly out of tune strings and a hokey attack paired with an ambiguous dynamic range. I did not provide this patch with any, however in practice this library pairs very well with modulation effects like chorus, and some sharp delay (like slapback). A little analog crunch goes a long way to masking some of the clipping but I find that it shouldn’t be too noticeable. But now it’s yours to play with.
It’s sampled up the circle of fourths with 2 round robins and anywhere from 4-7 velocity layers depending on how hungry I was when I hit the key.
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Reviews for David’s CP70
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I added Kontakt's convolutional reverb to it and I got lost in playing. To me, the only thing that the samples really need is some EQing to get rid of unpleasing low-frequency noises that show up on some notes.
With a little fix it would be a nice piano
It reminded me of my first piano at home. At high register there are some noise or velocity layer issue suddenly the sound pops up but not all the keys and most of the keys are playable.
I really love the old "grandma's piano" sound at least that's what it sounded like to me, but a few snags in the "construction" of this library leave much to be desired, especially in the high register. Between noise and weird velocity layers, it could use some fixing.
Lacking in character for me
Personally i just find this electric piano pretty boring compared to others on the site. I love the sound of the triggers on the rhodes and the finger and mechanical noise on some of the others. This just seems like a synth key patch on a synth to me. Its pretty reminiscent of the 80s which is pretty cool. i personally dont hold any nostalgia for this time but this instrument might be really nice for someone who does. The dynamics also seem to be kind of inconsistent. Sometimes even if i hit a note with a similar velocity, the strength of the note will be pretty different.
On the cusp being good
This is so close to being really good. There are just some basic mistakes in terms of how this instrument was prepared and recorded that are keeping it from crossing the threshold to being really outstanding. It's cool that the instrument isn't perfectly in tune. CP70's actually sound better slightly out of tune. Something's a bit wonky with this one, though, because typically when instruments go out of tune, they go all flat or all sharp. Some notes on this instrument are sharp while others are flat, which suggests that it probably wasn't tuned by a professional. Some of the hammers strike adjacent strings -- B4 is an example -- and the dynamics make some pretty big changes between the two round robins, so it's tough to play evenly and predictably. So, while this is not a bad attempt at sampling this instrument, it's not yet playable to the point where I could use it in a track.