The story

My most loved analog vintage gear. My Yamaha U1. It was bought by my grandmother back in 1970s. My mum was practicing piano on it when she was a kid.
Since then has it been parked to a wall in my grandmother’s house for decades. I remember as a kid, we were not allowed to touch the piano. I inherited it after graduating from the Oslo National Academy of The Arts.

The piano is in perfect working condition. I decided to sample it before I got it tuned. I did sample it with 3-layers, all the white keys (52 samples).
I want you to check out my softest patch (1-layer) without felt, because it really brings out feelings (for me, and I hope you too) when playing it.
I used high quality microphones trough vintage preamps and high quality RME converters.


Reviews for Yamaha U1 (1976)

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  • The perfect soft piano!

    The sampling is amazing, there is absolutely no noise at all. It is shy, but it is also very dynamic. If this had a GUI with some settings, it would be a 5/5 no doubt. It really is, a perfect soft piano. The title should give it away, for more people to discover it!

    Alex Raptakis19 October 2021
  • Beautiful sound.

    This really has anything you could want in a piano library. Its dynamic, realistic, warm, clear, emotional. You could throw a million words at this thing. The high end sounds especially beautiful to me. Its very shimmery and ethereal. This one is really inspiring and i think is great for scoring even though its not a felt.

    septemberwalk15 November 2021
  • A lovely soft piano with a great dynamic range...

    Well recorded and well programmed. This soft piano is definitely one to get and can easily cover a range of musical styles.

    R.Treves20 October 2021
  • Yesteryears Yamaha

    Something about the tone of this does make it sound aged (in a really good way). Almost nostalgic. The notes seem to waver slightly which give the instrument real character. Very good.

  • It's title should be 'Soft Emotional Piano'

    I really like it's gentle and emotive touch. The playing experience is really pleasant. I don't always feel like I'm playing a 'piano' but with this one I do. Good work

    Boag110 October 2021
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