The 270 gigs of samples were recorded at the former Cello Studio (now EastWest Studio) at a sample rate of 24-bit/44.1k. Interestingly, the user can select from three microphone positions. At the booth was a photo of the recording session, and one mic pair was close up under the lid, another a little further back in a mid distance type of position, and the third pair was the typical room mic position away from the piano.
The library features 10 to 16 velocity layers per note, as well as 16 distinct staccato velocities. The same amount of velocity layers are represented for soft pedal, sustain pedal, and soft sustain. The attention to detail is evident when playing this virtual piano.
Another feature is their approach to fast repetitions. EastWest recorded fast repetitions at 180 BPM, and the software detects true repetitions when the performer plays them. These special repetition samples are then called up.
Four pianos are featured in this library, a Bechstein D-280 Concert Grand, Steinway D Concert Grand, BÃ¶sendorfer 290 Concert Grand, and the ubiquitous Yamaha C7.
EastWest was taking preorders, and according to them it should be released in a couple weeks.
NAMM news report by Albert Potts
Pricing and Availability:
The MSRP is $495 USD.