Virtual Yamaha electro-acoustic grand piano add-on released 21/12/07
As a Christmas gift to all of their customers, Pianoteq have announced their latest add-on: a virtual copy of an electro-acoustic grand piano Yamaha CP-80, s/n 1982. It requires the latest Pianoteq update (2.2.1).
Hereâ€™s all the details in their own words:
The Yamaha CP-80 is an electro-acoustic grand piano. It was a very popular stage piano at the time (1976-1985) with a unique sound and with an authentic grand piano action. It was marketed by Yamaha as a touring friendly and electronically amplified variant of a grand piano. It was famous for its rock solid quality and considered by many as the "Rolls Royce" of the electro-acoustic pianos. The model was discontinued when the third generation of much smaller and lighter digital sampled pianos entered the market.
Being electro-acoustic means that the instrument belongs to the second piano generation, having a real keyboard action with strings but without soundboard. Instead, the sound is generated through a sophisticated piezo type pick-up system that translates the vibrating strings into electric signals. The advantage is that the sound thus has an effective electronic amplification which is very useful for touring purpose. Another advantage compared to acoustic grand pianos is the weight and the size - although 3 musicians have to carry it, it is just half the weight compared to a baby grand and is easier to transport thanks to built in handles.
The Pianoteq add-on offers two versions of the CP-80:
1) CP-80 original which is an attempt to be as close as possible to the original recorded instrument.
2) CP-80 restored which is an attempt to provide a "virtual restoration" of the instrument, renewing particularly the wounded strings which lacked the brilliance from brand new strings.
Pricing and Availability:
Free download for Pianoteq users.