KeyPleezer

KeyPleezer has released LivingRoom Upright Piano Free Edition, a multi-format lite version of the complete edition of the instrument, currently in production for Native Instruments Kontakt sampler. The instrument is a virtual character upright piano that has been sampled from a Swedish large-size upright piano. The free edition consists of 1.5GB of full length 24-bit / 44.1kHz .wav samples.

KeyPleezer says:

A very intimate uptake of the large-body piano sound with lots of detail and clarity make up this character upright piano instrument. Our complete edition was recorded in 3 close microphone positions. The sounds for this free edition were selected from the first microphone position - above keys close to hammers.

All white keys were included in 6 layers, 3 for Pedal Up, 3 for Pedal down (sustain pedal pressed), so separate sound layers triggered based on sustain pedal action.

Features include:

  • Intimate & detailed sound rich in piano body.
  • Slightly out of tune here and there, for more realism (not broken or honky-tonk).
  • Close mic player position with lots of stereo space.
  • 6 Velocity layer recordings, piano, mezzo & forte dual recordings (3 layers for Pedal OFF, 3 Layers for Pedal ON).
  • Dynamic Range knob for velocity triggered volume range.
  • Pre-track volume output.
  • 2 Separate "Raw Authentic" and "Muted / Dampened" upper key range presets
    • "Raw Authentic" preset has a upper key range that behaves like the original piano, playing the entire sound always.
    • "Muted / Dampened" preset plays upper ranges like any other key, dampened upon release.
  • Logic Pro X & GarageBand specific Smart Controls:
    • Dynamic Range (EXS instrument volume range).
    • Bass & Treble tone controls.
    • Compression control.
    • Transient control.
    • Volume output knob pre-track.
  • Works for both Windows & macOS, depending on your sampler software.

Currently supported samplers are Native Instruments Kontakt sampler (5.0.1+, full version required) and the EXS24 sampler. A separate macOS installer is available for using Logic Pro X, MainStage and GarageBand patches, with built-in Smart Controls that load directly in these 3 apps. Smart controls include dynamic range control, compression, transient control and eq. According to KeyPleezer, more sampler formats are in production.

View of Smart Controls user interface in GarageBand v10.3.4 running under macOS Catalina.

For Kontakt a separate NCW version is also available, including only .ncw (lossless compressed audio) sound files which is lighter in size at around 700MB.

LivingRoom Upright Piano Free Edition can be downloaded for free via KeyPleezer's website at keypleezer.com/livingroom-upright-piano/free-edition

Discussion

Discussion

Discussion: Active
wadecottingham
wadecottingham
17 February 2020 at 7:36pm

"All white keys were included...", what does that mean? The free instrument has no black keys?

Anders @ KeyPleezer
Anders @ KeyPleezer
18 February 2020 at 3:35am

Hello. The instrument has all keys active like any instrument (of course sound comes for all keys when you play), but the sample pool are from the white keys only on this free edition. That means that some sample zones are stretched over 2 notes to cover the entirety of the keys on all octaves. Kontakt in particular has a great pitch technology and we set this instrument to use the highest quality pitch shifting for all keys where overlaps occur.

Kind Regards,
Anders, KeyPleezer.

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