Sampled Grand Piano With 32 Velocity Layers

realsamples releases huge sample library of an Erard antique piano      12/02/08

Sampled Grand Piano With 32 Velocity Layers

German-based sample manufacturer realsamples has introduced a vast piano library featuring an antique piano by Erard. The library is part of the Edition Beurmann, a series of instruments out of the renowned historical keyboard instrument collection of Professor Andreas E. Beurmann. realsamples say that the historical piano, built in London in 1837, offers a lithe, charming and warm yet present sound far from your usual piano suspects, full of character, breathing and dripping with life.
realsamples tell us that this is probably the first piano sample library ever captured with 32 velocity layers of each note for great dynamics, feel and pure piano sound to deliver the ultimate grand piano experience in your studio. They say it is far beyond the status quo of piano sampling – offering mostly just 4-5 velocity layers – thus addressing a common problems often associated with digital sample pianos: The playing feel of only a few layers is nothing like the real deal and it is also not satisfying for both discriminating pianists and producers who strive for inartificial sounds. Furthermore, realsamples recorded the release sounds of each key in 8 variations to complete the experience of this unique instrument.
These piano samples are recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution, employing vintage Neumann TLM-170 microphones through Crane Song preamps and Universal Audio 2192 converters.
Presets are available for all common sample formats including HAlion, Kontakt, EXS24, Independence, MachFive, Reason NN-XT, VSampler3 and GigaStudio (16 velocity layers due to format restrictions), amongst others .
In addition to the samples, the Grand Piano library contains an essay in German from Professor Andreas E. Beurmann himself, explaining both the historical and musical background of the instrument.

  • 32 different samples of each note (GigaStudio format: 16 velocity layers)
  • Light versions with 16 and 8 velocity layers available
  • 8 different release sounds of each note
  • ready to play HAlion/Reason/Kontakt/Independence/MachFive/VSampler3/EXS24 or GigaStudio presets
  • wave format (except GigaStudio version)
  • no mastering applied
  • recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled
  • DVD set
  • license-free applicable in your music
Pricing and Availability:
The sample library is available in 44.1/48 khz, 96 khz and 192 khz resolution, starting at $119.95 USD. The instruments can be purchased directly on the realsamples website on DVD. More information:

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