My family grand piano has gone slight out of tune throughout lockdown, which has created a wonderful warm texture. I wanted to capture the sense of being at home and so I hired a Neumann KU 100 binaural stereo microphone to whether binaural recordings make a difference. The results were mind-blowing. As well as the KU 100, I sampled the piano with a pair of Neumann 149s and you can choose between these signals depending on your needs. Using a cut-down version of the monolith sampling technique, the Family Grand is available in Kontakt, SFZ and DecentSampler format.
Video about the library:
Find out more about my experiments with binaural audio in this video:
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Warm and loving textured piano... so beautiful
I have fell in love with the warm sound of this piano. Such an intimate and loving sound. I would love to make music with this library very soon!!
You're transported to a family room sat in front of a piano with this library, which makes for an inviting, intimate sound. The binaural mic works wonders here and really puts you in that room. One of Christian's Best on PB!
A great free piano for those in need
Personally I am not a fan of this one. Even though I don't have tons of experience with pianos, I can see that this is not Christian's best work. It's simple, it just works, but there are some major issues with the samples. First, there is some extra noise on each sampled note, which sounds more than white noise rather than room/ambience. The biggest issue though is that you get are some very weird noises if you turn up the RT knob. OH MY GOD ARE THOSE BIRDS CHIRPING ON THE BACKGROUND? In the higher register you can listen to some bad sample crops. After a few seconds, there is a tiny small bleep of a higher note. Of course you can turn it all the way down but then you lose the entire character and it all falls flat very quickly. At some point you also find out that you can't really play quietly. Nevertheless, it's something that someone without a piano library will definitely appreciate.
best grand piano
If you use this you don't need to buy a grand piano vst