The SoftHammer is a 40 year old felted piano with three mic Signals.
PS-2 – Modern, and Realistic
CV-12 – Vintage Tube, Warm and Cozy
U-67 – Modern Tube, Bright and Close
This is the best project I have made yet! With release triggers I have become very fond of. Happy Composing
Reviews for SoftHammer
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Really nice sounding piano. I will totally use this. The dynamics do jump a bit when you get to the loud layer, and I found it difficult to consistently access the soft layer. I rectified that by increasing the top dynamic range to 110-127 and adjusted the middle layer accordingly and then decreasing the volume of all of the top notes from +8dB to 0dB. I also expanded the range of the soft layer from 1-69 and adjusted the middle layer accordingly. I found it much more playable and responsive after making those changes. The fact that I'm willing to put time into the instrument making these kinds of changes speaks to how much I really like this instrument! Overall, this is well recorded, and I love hearing some mechanical noises in the samples. It's really life like. Excellent work here.
Wonderfully succinct, works well in tandem
This is a cleverly put together sample instrument! All the .nki files work in tandem with each other, making it very easy to adjust how much reverb or room noise you want in your sound. The attention to detail to make sure all the files match up with each other really shines through, and the sound is a little mushy, but I'm going to chalk that up to being the quality of the instrument. Definitely a good addition to one's collection.
Spring FX are a vibe
I have a few paid pianos i really love so i didn't get much out of the normal piano part of this library. I still think it sounds good and warm though. However i really like the spring fx. They sound very honky in the lower ranges but they really shine in the high end. The transient seems a bit separated from the note which is weird and cool. It is reminiscent of a piano but also has a warm synth bell type quality. Theres a cool reverb splash happening too
Options are always good!
This is one of my least liked piano instruments, but it doesn't mean it will be the same for you. It definitely has some character, and it has some mic options, along with 3 reverb patches to choose from. Sadly though, only one of the 3 work for me, and that's the PS2 one. I have to completely turn down the other two, because there is a very weird release sample on each note that repeats the note for a moment, and this just makes it weird for me.
The 3 included reverb patches are alright, but it would be much more convenient if you could have only one patch with a slider for each reverb, so you can mix them together for a more personalized sound, without having to run mutlis.
Nevertheless, options are good!