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wholesounds
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19 posts since 6 Apr, 2017, from Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA

Postby wholesounds; Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:37 pm Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

The approach is similar to the Imperfect approach, for sure. I didn't fuss too much over the samples, and really wanted to preserve the feel and sound of the actual instrument, not create an airbrushed over-mastered version of it. So, none of the samples have any processing apart from the minimum amount of noise reduction needed.

That's sort of the idea behind the Whole Sounds concept, leaving the sound as intact as possible. To me, it's those subtly rough edges, even if it's only a hint here and there, that give the instrument life.
CGR
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5 posts since 6 Sep, 2015

Postby CGR; Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:08 am Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

Just when I thought I was well covered for sampled pianos, this wonderful sampled Baldwin Parlor Grand came along! There's something about the Baldwin piano attack & tone that just catches my ear as being authentic and soulful. No wonder musicians such as Ray Charles were drawn to it. I agree with the comparisons to the Imperfect Samples pianos, but having bought and played their Fazioli, this Baldwin Parlor Grand runs rings around it in playability, consistent dynamic response and pedalling accuracy. Highly recommended.
wholesounds
KVRer
 
19 posts since 6 Apr, 2017, from Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA

Postby wholesounds; Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:54 am Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

When I was a kid, Baldwins were considered top notch pianos, maybe second only to Steinway, and actually preferred by some artists. But unlike Steinway, the brand has suffered through some bad business decisions over the years and isn't what it used to be, but that doesn't detract from it's earlier reputation, and the sound of many of the beautiful Baldwins still being lovingly maintained today.

I've got another Baldwin sample set in the can, this time recorded from another American-manufactured Baldwin from the late '80s before the brand was acquired by Gibson who eventually stopped manufacturing pianos in the US altogether. That ought to be out in a few months.
dangayle
KVRist
 
343 posts since 29 Mar, 2014

Postby dangayle; Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:51 am Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

wholesounds wrote:I've just finished a sampled piano, and released it as 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand for UVI Workstation. I've put together a free demo version of the piano you can download from my website - https://www.wholesounds.com/downloads/

I would love to get some feedback on the instrument! Check it out and let me know what you think.

The focus in sampling the piano was realism and authenticity - my aim was to get as close as I could to recreating the experience of a playing a piano I've known and loved playing for decades.

You can check out more at http://www.wholesounds.com

A few quickie samples below from three different mic perspectives, all dry....

close mics - https://static.kvraudio.com/files/3312/close_mics.mp3
mid mics - https://static.kvraudio.com/files/3312/mid_mics.mp3
far mics - https://static.kvraudio.com/files/3312/far_mics.mp3



Can you not purchase it yet? I see no buy now buttons on your website.
mcbpete
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784 posts since 24 Jun, 2006, from London, England

Postby mcbpete; Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:42 am Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

It's just on the top right, here's a direct link though: https://www.wholesounds.com/new-product ... grand-v-10
wholesounds
KVRer
 
19 posts since 6 Apr, 2017, from Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA

Postby wholesounds; Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:42 pm Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

But buy it from KVR - on sale for half price until Monday at KVR!

http://www.kvraudio.com/product/1954-ba ... lc/details
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