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.
Warm and inviting
It's a nicely recorded piano, and you can never have too many pianos. The recording is extremely faithful, you can hear the hammers, the ringing of adjacent strings, the key noise. It is a mellow vibe for sure, and quite wonderful. Some of the higher keys sound a bit out of tune to me, reflecting the true nature of the instrument I suspect.
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.
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
Nice Felt Piano
I always like to try out new felt pianos and this one doesn't disappoint. It has that really warm and soft tone that we all love so much. It's not too dynamic but still very playable for this gentle kind of music. The only problem I have with it is that there are some strange resonances on some keys in the upper range. I guess those noises are intentional and part of the character, so I would recommend to check it out and see if it is a good fit for you.