Isolation Piano – Tubes & Tape

A very well-loved Model O recorded with a Telefunken U48, KM84 Pair and a Blumlein format BBC ribbon mic.

The story

I’d been sat doing very little while suffering from the COVID-19 Virus, so I spent some time processing and putting together this instrument.
It’s again my Model O which isn’t in pristine condition, and is very old so rarely all working.

I’d been repairing some tube mics and working on a Neve 8078 project at home, so while testing these, created the library.
Some of the samples (mechanism) are re used from my past libraries.

The mics were: Telefunken U48, KM84 Pair and a Blumlein format BBC ribbon mic.
I put these signals through the Neve 8078 Sidecar for MS EQ, with SSL-G Compressor on the master, which adds to the effect heard.

This time I used an 8″ driver as a sub-kick attached to the underside of the piano, this collected low end information,
and I passed it through the Pultec EQP-1A to cut and boost the low band of this signal.

Auto-tracked through the Studer A80 into PT. I left it re-tracking overnight, took a couple of attempts!
It’s a warm, rich sound which revolves around the tube/ribbon mics, analogue gear and tape.

Enjoy, and stay safe.
James.

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  • Unreal

    Hands down, the best piano out there

    meandthetrio26 March 2022
  • Perfect! ...and loud so reduce the default volume

    This a perfected sampled piano, hands down. It has everything - character, dynamics and pristine sound quality, as it literally has absolutely 0 noise.

    With that said, the default patch runs at 0 Kontakt volume, and I really recommend putting it below -15db, because as soon as you hit higher velocities you will get heavy distortion. I need to add that the GUI offers no settings at all, but the sound is so crystal clear that I can't give it anything other than a perfect score. Very well done!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Simple and Clean

    Amaizing dynamic range and clear sound. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

    lightningdancer13 June 2022
  • James is the best

    All of James' piano recordings are just beautiful and this is no exception. It has so much character. It's simple with no processing. Add your own reverb if needed.

    obolig22 October 2021
  • ただただ素晴らしい!!

    これは有料レベルに匹敵するものです!
    どのような音楽にも有効で素晴らしく美しく響かせてくれます!

    It’s beautiful!!

    PANSER14 March 2022
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