Tonehammer Bowed Grand Piano KONTAKT | 1.39 GB

Welcome to Bowed Grand Piano – a library decided to deep sampling of bowed and FX based grand piano strings. Bowed Grand Piano marks the third chapter in our piano series, which also contains our hyper expressive: “Emotional Piano” and more experimental: “Plucked Grand Piano” The bowing of a piano is a delicate effort, since the instrument is not designed to be bowed. We developed a variety of new recording techniques that allowed us to get deep inside the piano and record a variety of bowings and FX that haven’t been covered in previous libraries.
The library is more ambient then our Emotional Piano and Plucked Grand Piano, since the concept of bowed piano tends to go in the more ambient/drony direction. We bowed every single string on a world class grand, including both sustains and staccato notes. We then did a variety of ambient recordings and started developing an entire drone section of the library, which is all based on source material from the piano. In addition we added a massive FX section to the library, which contains tons of string glisses, scrapes, scary slams and percussive FX etc. We also programmed specific artificial legato, so users can experiment by using legato on the instrument.

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 second part of a 2-volume set that explores the “Emotional Piano” in a few “classic” unusual ways. This volume is dedicated to bowed, as well as glisses, scrapes and other effect.We captured super-long sustains on every note, with separate attack and release samples using a 3-meter-long deep sea fishing line to capture the bowed notes.We then used picks, fingers, fingernails, mallets and other odds and ends to scrape, sweep, strike, grind and otherwise abuse the stings for our effects section.Then, we dove even deeper into the sound, creating a huge pallet of custom drones, ambiences and tonal pad instruments, as well as 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 odd thing about bowing a piano string is that it sounds completely different than you would think it should. It’s a hard, grinding and overtone- rich sound very different from the mammoth super-cello that your mind expects to hear. As clean and precise as a piano is when played normally, bowing it reveals a whole different beast. The hard steel and brass-wound strings are much more apt to produce sinister sounds than the smooth glide of a typical bowed instrument. It growls, rumbles, pierces and evokes all manner of harmonics, overtones and undertones. Notes bend and undulate deeply and the entire flavor of the piano can shift from one string to the next.
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