Steinway, Challen, Hammond, Mellotron and more 06/06/07Propellerheads and the famed Abbey Road Studios â€“ where the Beatles did many great works (amongst others) have collaborated to produce a new Reason ReFill - Abbey Road Keyboards.This long-term recording project sampled vintage keyboards that have been used on many legendary recordings since the early 1960s. Recordings taken in Studio Two (home to many of the Beatles hits) under consultation from Abbey Road senior engineers â€“ to capture the instruments exactly as they would have been back in the day, the results have been meticulously sampled by the experts at Propellerheads using their Hypersampling method.
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"Propellerhead Software is honored that Abbey Road has selected us as a partner for this project," says Ernst Nathorst-BÃ¶Ã¶s, CEO of Propellerhead Software.
"Hearing the sound of these vintage instruments coming out of Reason is just fantastic. It sends chills up your spine."
"As the market leader in the music software market, Propellerhead Software was the natural choice when it came to finding a partner for this project," says David Holley, Managing Director, EMI Studios Group.
"An outstanding achievement. An inspiring collection of sounds and it really does feel like youâ€™re in Studio 2 with the real instruments."
The instruments in detail...
Steinway Vertegrand "Mrs. Mills" piano: Manufactured in Hamburg, Germany in 1905 by Steinway & Sons, this exquisite piano has been tuned in a way that makes it sound out of tuneâ€”but in a very pleasant way, like some beaten-up barroom piano only better. Thanks to its lacquered hammers, the â€œMrs. Millsâ€� piano produces a bright, cut-through-the-mix sound and responds very dynamically to varying note velocities.
Challen studio piano: Sounding more like a typical home piano than the Steinway, the Challen piano offers a warm tone along with an unusually long sustain in its notes.
Hammond RT-3 & Leslie Model 122: The RT-3 is much bigger and heavier than the familiar big and heavy Hammond B. Besides the organ, thereâ€™s one other crucial item necÂessary for the full and proper effect: a Leslie 122 speaker. The talented Hammond organist Peter Adams played on the sessions to help capture many combinations the Hammond-and-Leslie sound.
Mannborg Harmonium: The Mannborg HarÂmonium is a foot-pedaled organ that sucks air through the reeds when pumped with the pedals. This Harmonium could qualify as the first instrument with a split keyboard; keys on the left side of the split point play a different group of reeds than those on the right. This split feature is maintained in the Harmonium presets.
Mellotron Model 400: The Mellotron Model 400 qualifies as one of the earliest sample players, except that instead of having RAM chips full of sounds inside, its samples have been recorded on 6' long strips of 3/8" magnetic tape. Abbey Road Keyboards features the samples of the Cello, Strings and Flute tapes.
Schiedmayer Celeste: The Celeste is like an overÂgrown glockenspiel, played with piano style keys. It produces soft and warm, bell-like timbres. Historically speaking, a Celeste has most often been used within orchestral contexts, however many Abbey Road artists have discovered the Schiedmayer to work well for pop and other musical styles.
Premier Tubular Bells: The Tubular Bells is an orchestral percussion instrument made up of hollow metal tubes mounted on a frame. Itâ€™s tuned and laid out like a keyboard instrument and played by striking it with rubberized hammers. Who would use tubular bells, known as orchestral chimes, in a pop song? The Beatles, for one. Listen to â€œYou Never Give Me Your Moneyâ€� or â€œWhen Iâ€™m 64â€�.
Abbey Road Keyboards is a two DVD set containing both 16-bit and 24 bit versions of the sound library. The 16-bit version is lighter on the CPU and is suitable for composing and production work, while the 24-bit version is good to use at final mixing. The two are easily interchanged.
The ReFill also includes Guide To Abbey Road Keyboards, a 40-page full color booklet by Mark Vail (the author of Vintage Synthesizers and The Hammond Organ). The booklet provides a behind-the-scenes look at the ReFill recording sessions, the mics and outboard gear used and the instruments themselves.
Pricing and availability
The Abbey Road Keyboards ReFill will be available from Propellerhead dealers worldwide on June 13 2007. MSRP is EUR â‚¬199 / USD $229.