1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

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

Post Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:37 pm

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
KVRer
26 posts since 7 Sep, 2015

Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

Post Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:08 am

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
KVRist
35 posts since 6 Apr, 2017 from Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA

Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

Post Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:54 am

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.

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dangayle
KVRian
795 posts since 30 Mar, 2014

Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

Post Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:51 am

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
KVRian
1272 posts since 24 Jun, 2006 from London, England

Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

Post Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:42 am

It's just on the top right, here's a direct link though: https://www.wholesounds.com/new-product ... grand-v-10

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

Re: 1954 Baldwin Parlor Grand available for UVI Workstation

Post Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:42 pm

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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