This piano came as something of a revelation, having been disappointed by other sampled uprights suffering from a lack of body and sustain, along with the myth that dissonant tuning is a prerequisite for uprights. Video Demo Check out the Addictive Keys demo video:. I owned what I considered to be the 'perfect' Fender Rhodes Stage 73 for many years, and have always been amazed at how radically different any two examples of these pianos could sound. Have some questions about this item? The impression is of a real instrument in a real space, with plenty of mechanical detailing and resonance. Also, when you solo a mic, it doesn't mute the effect sends from the other two channels — you still hear the total effects return of all three channels — and that's just messy! However, spending some time exploring its features reveals just how malleable it is. You can even create unique hyperlinks to presets and share them with friends and colleagues. This is perfect when you just want to play without waiting for music software or deal with routing.
The recordings were done using rare vintage tube and ribbon microphones capturing the instrument at several different perspectives. Addictive Keys, however, addresses the subject in meticulous detail, using a selection of high-end boutique and vintage mics to provide up to seven mic perspectives for each instrument. When it comes to getting the best gear, your tastes are probably pretty particular. Studio Grand was recorded in a large recording studio at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. The Pitch, Filter and Volume tabs take us into synthesis territory. Stretch tuning can also be applied to all temperaments except 'As Recorded'.
This new member of the Addictive Keys family combines three distinct characters in one instrument: The acoustic sound of hammers hitting strings, the direct line signal from the built in pickups, and finally a crunchy amped sound to add some grit to the mix. The first of these is the Gallery, from where instruments are selected. Selecting an instrument loads it immediately — and I really mean that: it takes less than a second to become playable! The Edit page is your virtual toolbox, and is divided into three sections. Electric grand pianos have hammers and strings just like acoustic pianos. They recorded the direct output cleanly as well as through a well-maintained vintage Roland Dimension-D hardware chorus. These govern the amount of modulation applied by the controllers for example, the mod wheel specified on the Setup page.
The natural recorded tuning is just imperfect enough to impart life and movement, and, while it's perhaps not Deutsche Grammophon perfection, the overall effect is pleasing. Four stereo pairs cover close, mid and ambient positions, with two mono mics to capture side and body tones. Vintage King can help answer any and every question to help you make the right decisions for your sound. We found that fitting a grand piano in a mix can be hard and often results in a compromise of the sound quality in order to make it fit with the other instruments and vocals. So is Addictive Keys just another piano sample library, adding to the terabytes of existing sampled pianos languishing on the world's hard drives, or does it have something unique to offer? I'm not quite so keen on the Mark One, but, as they say, one man's meat.
Product Details Our Studio Grand features a Steinway Model D Concert Grand piano. The Gallery has two alternative views; one displays one instrument at a time, the other shows all installed instruments together. The Addictive Keys engine plays back the instrument with incredible detail and the advanced studio effects accurately model the tremolo and tone controls of the original instrument. It's out of necessity rather than choice, as an increasing number of software companies are making their products downloadable only. There are, of course, uses for this behaviour, but not all of the time! Both acoustic pianos share the same parameter set, starting with a knob for adjusting the degree to which the Una Corda pedal softens the tone.
By offering the exact recording setup in Addictive Keys and the option of mixing and matching microphones, Studio Grand is sure to fit nicely into any production style. The all-important mid-range from C 3 C3 being middle C to C4 and the F 2 to A 2 cluster are distinctly muted, with very little timbral variation, lending an excessively spongy feel, while certain notes C3, B2, F2, E2, D 2, D2, B1 stick out like sore thumbs, even at moderately low velocities. The vintage microphones used were hand picked from the studios impressive collection. However, unlike acoustic pianos, these pianos have pickups under the strings that feed the sound to an amplifier—just like an electric guitar or bass. More than almost anything else, opinions on pianos are entirely subjective, depending entirely on personal taste. We approached Studio Grand with production in mind.
This makes it easy to load an instrument, find an inspiring preset and start playing without having to launch your music software. In either Gallery view, each instrument has three thumbnail icons that take you to one of three Explore pages. This shifts the sample mapping by up to 12 semitones up or down, while simultaneously transposing in the opposite direction. The Studio Grand is a Steinway Model D, recorded in a large studio from six mic perspectives. Certain modules, such as filter cutoff, and selected effects parameters, have small knobs adjacent to the main controls. In addition to dry recordings of each, there are a number of traditional mikings and also creatively processed variations. I can't think of another sampled piano player that can alter the basic character of the instrument so much and still sound natural, or that offers anything like a comparable set of miking options.
Increasingly, download and authorisation can only be done on the computer on which it will be installed. The modulation range of each X-Mod parameter is set by click-dragging up or down on the knob. Now the Swedish company have embarked on a mission to expand upon their Addictive branding. Next up is the velocity scaling fader, a very useful tool for restricting the highest and lowest playable velocity layers, while still retaining the full velocity to volume range. Modartt's Pianoteq 4 probably comes closest in concept to Addictive Keys, but it's physically modelled, not sampled. Studio Grand was recorded in a large recording studio at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. Studio Grand was recorded in a large recording studio at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation.
There also appear to be no release samples for this instrument, which is a shame — it's that milk-bottle pitched 'zhupp' of dampers bringing tines to rest that characterises the Rhodes sound so much — and it's missing here. There is the option to save any Memo as a patch preset, along with the Memo itself, or to record a Memo to accompany any of your own presets, which is very useful as a stylistic aide mémoire. The Gallery, with links to each instrument's Explore pages. The Sustain box has two controls: Body adjusts the amount of sympathetic resonance when the sustain pedal is pressed, Noise alters the amount of string resonance under the same conditions. Sustain-pedal noise is fully adjustable from none to +10dB above recorded level. Low-end tuning and clarity can often be an issue with upright pianos, but here everything remains focused, right down to the low A. For those who do like their pianos poorly tuned, the Dissonance control adds random tuning chaos, ranging from subtle to 'binge drinking session' levels.
I can't help but compare this MkI with the Native Instruments Scarbee version also a MkI , which ticks all the boxes for mechanical detail, tone, consistency and dynamic range. A nice touch is the option to change the root scale of these temperaments, so Baroque and other period music can be performed in any key. The presets in the As Recorded category, as its title suggests, are the natural, unadulterated recordings without any processing or effects — the presets are based solely on different mic balances and configurations. Standalone Mode: Addictive Keys can also work as a standalone instrument, without requiring host music software. The Settings page, for per-session preferences such as tuning, temperament and velocity response.