realsamples releases sample library of a 19th Century Pianoforte 28/03/08
Continuing their ongoing Edition Beurmann, German sample manufacturer realsamples are offering
another piano for your virtual sampler: The Traugott Berndt pianoforte from the
collection of Professor Andreas E. Beurmann.
Here's all the details in their own words...
Built in 1848 by Johann Karl Traugott Berndt in Breslau, the instrument sports a special and
unique sound far away from any usual lifeless modern piano sound: The historical piano
sports a graceful, charming yet smart and slinky sound hidden in a plain-Jane bourgeois
Biedermeier style housing. Only 9 Berndt pianos are preserved to this day.
The Traugott Berndt pianoforte was given to the Mendelssohn-Haus in Leipzig as a gift by
Professor Beurmann in November 2007.
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 problems 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.
The sample library contains nearly 3300 single samples.
For the challenging task of recording the Traugott Berndt pianoforte, active tube-driven
Royer R-122V ribbon microphones got used, in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo
preamps and Universal Audio 2192 digital converters. For maximum sound quality,
realsamples recorded in 192 khz/24 bits, resolutions of your choice are available as well.
Presets are available for all common sample formats including HAlion, Kontakt, EXS24,
Independence, MachFive, Reason NN-XT, VSampler3 and GigaStudio, amongst
The sample library is available in 44.1/48 khz, 96 khz and 192 khz resolution
In addition to the samples, the Pianoforte library contains an essay in German from
Professor Andreas E. Beurmann himself, explaining both the historical and musical
background of the instrument. Pricing and Availability:
Starting at $119.95 US, the instruments can be purchased directly from the realsamples website on