Impact Soundworks has released Pearl Concert Grand, a grand piano virtual instrument for Kontakt and Kontakt Player. Featuring 14,000+ samples and nearly 40GB of compressed audio, Pearl is designed to capture the sound of a Yamaha C7 grand piano in a concert hall with four unique microphone perspectives.
Users will find an extensive amount of detail in each chromatically sampled note: 8 dynamic layers, 2 round robins, sustain pedal on & off samples, and both chromatic key & pedal release noises.
Pearl Concert Grand is intended to be a versatile piano instrument suitable for many styles of music. As each mic perspective offers a different sound, and each can be mixed and routed separately within the user interface, the resulting tone can range from ambient and spacious with the stage & hall mics, to warm and intimate with the close & pedal mics.
The sample pool is provided in both 16-bit and 24-bit fidelity, and patches can be loaded in "light" variations allowing users to choose the amount of detail needed for any given project.
The interface of Pearl was designed by Impact Soundworks to be uncomplicated, while still offering a number of useful options for keyboardists. Besides a mic mixer with per-channel EQ, routing, compression, and stereo, users will find a global FX rack with analog-modeled EQ, compression, tape emulation and saturation, as well as convolution reverb with over 30 impulse responses designed exclusively for Pearl.
Other engine features include master, velocity, and tuning presets, fine control over the 'touch' and response of the instrument, microtuning, amplitude envelope, generated round robins, and release noise mixing.
Price: $99 (MSRP: $119) through April 21, 2015 at the Impact Soundworks website below.