Realsamples Releases Early Pianoforte Sample Collection

German concern, Realsamples has released a new sample collection dubbed, Early Pianoforte. Part of their Edition Beurmann, the new collection has recorded another piano from the renowned collection of Professor Andreas E. Beurmann, and offers 32 velocity layers.

The Early Pianoforte library offers the unique sound of a historical pianoforte by Johann Andreas Stein built in Augsburg in 1793. Clearly showing influences of harpsichords of that time, the instrument sports an uncommon piano sound: Svelte, present and with courtly elegance. Sporting a sound and feel far from any other pianoforte, the Stein instruments were a reportedly a personal favorite of Mozart.

For great dynamics and feel, realsamples captured 32 velocity layers of each note. Far beyond the status quo of piano sampling — offering mostly just 4-5 velocity layers — this addresses a common problem often associated with digital sample pianos: The playing feel and sound of only a few layers is nothing like the real deal. Furthermore, 8 varitions of each key release sound were recorded to complete the experience of this instrument.

For the challenging task of recording the historical pianoforte, vintage Neumann TLM-170 microphones were used in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo preamps and Universal Audio 2192 digital converters. For best sound quality, realsamples recorded in 192 khz/24 bits, resolutions of your choice are available as well. The sample library contains more than 2500 single samples.

The virtual Stein Pianoforte can be used with samplers like HAlion, Kontakt, EXS24, Independence, MachFive, VSampler3 and GigaStudio, amongst others.

Realsamples’ Early Pianoforte Sample Collection is available in 44.1/48 khz, 96 khz and 192 khz resolution, starting at $159.95. More information on the Realsamples Early Pianoforte Sample Collection.

Author: FutureMusic

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