Tonehammer Plucked Grand Piano Kontakt-DVDriSO

Tonehammer Plucked Grand Piano Kontakt-DVDriSO | 2.6 GB

Welcome to Plucked Grand Piano - a library dedicated to deep sampling of plucked and hammer struck grand piano strings. The Plucked Grand Piano was created by public demand from our users, since its never been properly deep sampled before. We took a world class piano (same as Emotional Piano) through a humiliating process by recording every string with a custom pick, but with more emphasis on round robin (4 pr. string), since the playing style has a percussive quality to it. The instrument is best described as a hybrid crossbreed between a harp, clavinet, guitar/lute and the unforgettable sound of the harpsichord. In addition we added a bonus hammer-struck articulation, using a custom miniature hammer. The sound has some resemblance to a hammered dulcimer. The fancy naming and branding of the piano is irrelevant to us. We want the samples and music to speak for itself and we hope it speaks to you too.
As die-hard art-weirdoes and do-it-yourselfers, we here at Tonehammer are big fans of some of the early classic piano experimentalism of the mid-20th century, where a few brave musical souls began to peel back the more rigid layers of instrumental dogma that had encrusted musical theory over roughly the previous 100 years. Just as musical traditions are built over time, so must they inevitably and righteously be again dismantled for the good of the art form. This library is the first part of a 2-volume set that explores the ?Emotional Piano? a few ?classic? unusual ways. This part is dedicated to plucked and hammered grand piano strings.We captured every note, with sustains and release triggers, over multiple velocities and round-robin variations, using an massively over-sized nylon guitar pick for the ?plucked? articulation.We then used a small 1-oz. stainless steel hammer to strike each string for the ?hammered? articulation. Once we completed our little masterpiece, we tunneled even deeper into the sound, building-in a broad interface packed full of of custom performance, tone and effect controls to allow plenty of creative freedom. After spending so much time and effort searching out the right piano for our Emotional Piano library, we decided to keep it around for awhile longer.There were just some things that needed to be done to it. The unique thing about plucking or hammering a piano string that creates such a starkly different sound from simply playing it with the normal keys is that first, you only strike a single string, rather than the full choir of 2-3 identically tuned strings that a pianos hammer normally strikes to achieve the full sound typical of a piano. Even though the other strings resonate sympathetically with the primary string being struck or plucked, the sound is much more singular, focused and narrow, with more buzz and ?wah? in the sound. It?s much more like a harp crossed with a gigantic 88-string guitar, yet completely unique. The piano itself descended from earlier stringed percussion instruments that were played with fingers, picks or hammers, such as dulcimers, and zithers, so in a sense, playing a piano in that fashion is not really that experimental. In addition, throughout the last two centuries, various alternate versions and popular modifications to the piano have branched out into what we now term the ?prepared? realm of piano design and playing methods. Like many of the more unconventional methods of utilizing a piano, plucking, hammering and bowing the strings was essentially rediscovered in early and mid 20th century by artists like John Cage, Henry Cowell and others, who composed a great many scores specifically for plucked, bowed and otherwise ?modified? piano configurations or articulations. The purpose of this library was essentially to focus on the clean and most direct interpretation of plucked and hammered piano, presenting it as a massive ultra-wide-ranged zither/dulcimer-esque instrument, as a clean, fundamental starting point on what is becoming our long journey into the inner world of the piano.

:: Deep Sampled Plucked Grand Piano
:: Powerful custom performance control interface:
---Attack, offset, release control
---Dynamics / velocity control
---Sustain Pedal SFX, with volume control
---Dampening control, with pedal flip button for instant "harp" mode
---Convolution reverb control (includes 45 great custom convolutions)
:: Full and lite patches for CPU conservation
:: Articulation list:
---Plucked Grand_Piano.nki
---Hammered Grand_Piano.nki
:: 14 .NKI files
:: 1406 Samples
:: Custom Kontakt scripting
:: Custom Convolutions
:: Approx. 2.6 GB installed (using Lossless NCW compression (2:1 ratio)
:: Multiple download servers to ensure smooth download
:: Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format
:: Format(s): Kontakt
:: Note: Native Instruments Full Kontakt 4