This episode of Motherboard’s Sound Builders features Brooklyn electroacoustic artist Andy Cavatorta. He’s an inventor, sculptor, and instrument designer latest project is a magnetized piano harp.
The magnetized piano harp can be played directly, by stroking, plucking or striking the piano strings, but also can be played via a MIDI keyboard that controls electromagnets, which cause the strings to vibrate. Continue reading
We take a break from the usual Sunday Synth Jams to feature this live performance by Tyler Fengya, at age 8 yrs. & 1 mo., doing his interpretation of Solitudinous by Keith Emerson. Continue reading
Modartt has released Pianoteq 5, the latest version of their virtual piano instrument for Linux, Mac OS X & Windows
Here’s what they have to say about the new version:
We have devoted two years of research to developing and refining the award-winning Pianoteq physical model. Pianoteq 5 brings a new clarity and authenticity to the piano sound. Moreover, it offers no less than 9 new piano models, and sound recording is taken to a higher level of control with the addition of directional microphones, letting you choose from a range of well-known microphone brands.
K-Sounds presents Epic Grand for the Yamaha Motif XF / MOXF and Motif XS.
Epic Grand features detailed stereo samples of a Japanese grand piano and is, according to the developers, it is ‘incredibly playable’.
The samples were recorded and edited at 176.4kHz, 24 / 32 bits, then converted to Motif-compatible specifications for the final product. A close mic position was used, creating an up-front, studio sound. The stereo image is wide, centered, and mono-compatible. Every note has a generous, natural-sounding sustain.
Two bank sizes are included:
- The 505Mb bank offers eight sampled dynamic levels for realistic dynamic response across the keyboard. Additional independent elements such as damper resonance, release resonance, and hammer noise samples bring the piano to life.
- The 126Mb bank includes four sampled dynamic layers plus damper resonance, release resonance, and hammer noises.
Epic Grand’s damper resonance samples are true recordings of the sympathetic string resonance heard when notes are played with the damper pedal down. This resonance is presented as an independent component of the instrument, allowing users to adjust its volume or disable it altogether. Continue reading
Sound developer K-Sounds has released Epic Grand for the Korg Kronos and Kronos X, featuring detailed stereo samples of a Japanese grand piano.
Epic Grand offers eight sampled dynamic layers plus damper resonance, release resonance, hammer noise samples, and multi-dynamic damper noise samples. All samples are unlooped, lasting up to twenty seconds. Continue reading
Scott Tibbs introduces Roland’s new RD-800 stage piano at the 2014 NAMM Show.
The Roland RD-800 is their flagship stage piano, offering a hammer-action weighted 88-note keyboard and a sound library of pianos, electric pianos, organs and synths. Continue reading
This video, via AudioCentralMagazine, captures a quick demo of the Waldorf Zarenbourg – a digital stage piano with a retro feel:
Waldorf Zarenbourg is a pretty, chunky, digital piano. It has a certain amount of internal sounds (physically modeled, sampled and fm synthesized). On this video, a quick run on the internal preset. Audio out goes straight into digital recorder.
IK Multimedia has updated iLectric Piano and iGrand Piano, adding AudioBus support and more.
Here’s what’s new with both iLectric Piano, a virtual electric piano for iOS, and iGrand Piano, a virtual piano app for iOS: Continue reading