The Experience – Yamaha S6

Yamaha's hand built semi concert grand recorded in 7 velocity layers with Performance and Ambisonic/VR perspectives.

The story

Yamaha’s hand built semi concert grand with Performance and Ambisonic/VR perspectives.

A new addition to The Experience series, the Yamaha S6 is a hand built piano that’s 7 feet long. Yamaha’s of this vintage are soughtafter for their ability to cut through a mix, as the acquisition of Bosendorfer’s technology has resulted in a slightly different character in the newer Yamaha pianos.

Technical Stuff:
* Performance and Ambisonic Perspectives using 12 microphones capsules
* 7 Velocity Layers to capture the entire piano’s dynamic range
* Ambisonic VR routing
* Action noise AND Damper release triggers
* Half Pedaling
* Separate SFZ files for each microphone pair

Six microphone capsules were used for the Performance Perspective. I used K87 style capsules in an AB array over the strings to capture the brilliance of the soundboard. Each of these mics contain two capsules, and I’ve arranged the Kontakt instrument such that you can adjust the polar pattern of the microphone. You can choose Cardioid or Omni, or anywhere in between by using the slider. I also positioned some SE8 small diaphragm mics in ORTF over the hammers, and it gives you a nice transparency to the sound – much like a listener would hear.

The Ambisonic Perspective also uses six microphone capsules to capture the player soundspace and is ideally used with Ambisonic plugins. Those six mics were positioned in the same array as the F308 library, with Level, angle up, and angle down (XY). Please refer to the Fazioli F308 videos for the VR/ambisonic setups that use the IEM plugin suite to render binaural audio and create the virtual reality space. I’ve also left a readme with basic instructions on this as well.

Besides being a superb piano tone to sample, I also recorded and coded the damper releases. Damper releases are the sound the strings make as the dampers come down and stop the vibration. Since this library also includes half pedaling, it was a real challenge to get the damper sounds to change volume according to velocity, note length, halfpedal, etc. Action noises are much more simple to sample because they basically don’t change volume (or don’t need to). Play around with the Damper releases and discover how realistic it makes the playing experience.

As always, special thanks to my beta testers.

The Experience - Yamaha S6


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  • Another High Quality Piano From Dore!

    Dore is building a great catalog of high quality piano samples for Pianobook.

    Yamaha S6 is a great addition to that catalog.

    While I prefer the "Performance" patch, Dore provides both a "Performance" and an "Ambisonic" perspective.

    The controls within the plugin help craft a unique sound that can get the piano to sit just right within your music.

    Highly recommend that you join in this "experience!"

    dafingaz09 May 2022
  • The best from the "Experience" series

    In my opinion, this is by far the best piano from this series by Dore. The sound is stunning, and there are so many options to tweak while still maintaining the realism. Even if you don't plan on using it for head tracking, the performance patch is still an incredible piano. The entire instrument consists of more than 2500 samples, so that can give you an idea on how detailed it can be.

    As always, wonderful work by Dore, and a fantastic addition to have it on Sforzando sampler which makes this absolutely for free!

    Alex Raptakis15 May 2022
  • Like Playing the Real Thing

    Using the free Sforzando player I loaded the ORTF Mic Preset and I've got to say this is a wonderful piano. I feel more connected to the keys than in almost any other piano in my collection. There is plenty of expression over the velocity range and I like the combination bright yet full tone of this Grand. It's a little bit untamed (not too pristine) and I love that. Congratulations on a nice job.

    ReubenJohn13 May 2022
  • Perfect for classical solo piano practice.

    This library is a gem for solo piano practice!!! The samples are full of harmonics and really LONG. You need to perfect your touch and pedalling skills in order to control the overwhelming resonance of this piano (no need for additional reverbs in this one). Although the 7 layers are somehow limited, I stretched the velocity range of my keyboard and the dynamic range is very good. I gave only 3 stars for "character" because this library does not sound like a battered turn-of-the-century upright, but like a well maintained concert hall grand. Perfect for classical solo piano practice. Have not tried the Ambisonics version (with real time head tracking) but I am intrigued by it.

    vagfilm15 May 2022
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