Kawai Felt Piano

A Kawai upright felted and recorded with Neumann KM84’s, U47 clones, and a pair of Coles 4038 Ribbons. Two dynamic layers and two round robins.

The story

I sampled my Kawai Piano with the felts engaged for that dark, moody, quiet vibe. Neumann KM84’s provide the focus, U47 clones bring the hype and width while a pair of Coles 4038 Ribbons on the back add a nice round, clear low end. The instrument consists of 2 dynamic layers with 2 round robins and release samples. I recorded a 3rd loud dynamic layer, but was unable to make it blend properly with soft and medium samples. The loud dynamics are included if someone would like to give it a go.

 

Reviews for Kawai Felt Piano

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  • Really unique tone with a lot of character

    What I enjoy about this piano is that there's not a lot of muddiness and bottom end. This can tend to build up with felt piano's but not with this one. It really allows for some rhythmic parts in the bottom register of the piano that most other libraries couldn't handle without a lot of EQ.

    CJ Thomas12 October 2021
  • A Sneak Peak Of Something Sublime

    I really amazing felt piano which I believed went on with added features to become Jon's first commercial release. Beautiful soft tones but a nice clean recording, so if you want a felt but a pure one without too many quirks this is worth downloading.

    Christian Henson12 October 2021
  • Meyer Felt

    i have Jons premium version of this instrument so its really cool to come back and see where it all started. This has that thuddy dampened attack like all felt pianos but at the same time theres something really unique about the mechanical noise and artifacts of this particular felt piano. There are alot of weird resonances that kind of jump out at you. Im not really sure what causes thus but i know its intentional. i found it kind of off putting at first but ive warmed up to it a bit since. it does limit the versatility of this piano but at the same time it gives it a unique sound signature you probably won't find in most other pianos

    septemberwalk13 November 2021
  • Great Warm Soft Piano Sound

    This is another great piano library from Jon. This time, he brings us a soft piano. Might not cut through in a heavy mix, but for soft, intimate, vibes, this will sit nicely. Layer it with some strings or pads and the tears will start rolling. LOL. Enjoy!

    dafingaz01 November 2021
  • Beautifully Sampled Felts!

    This is a phenomenally sampled felt piano. it's extremely playable and realistic. I like how the close mining captured the sound of the hammers striking adjacent strings because the mute rail felt is so thick on Kawai pianos. It would be cool if there was a GUI control for volume of release triggers, but it's easy enough to adjust it within Kontakt. This isn't the most dynamic piano, but it is really playable, useful, and inspiring. I've already used it on a whole bunch of tracks, and it's a favorite for me!

    Sam Ecoff10 November 2021
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