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Q Up Arts releases "California Keys" keyboard collection for Kontakt Player

Q Up Arts has announced the release of California Keys for Kontakt (5.5 full version or free player) - a sampled suite of instruments for professional keyboardists and composers, centred around a Fazioli 10ft grand piano presented in stereo and surround, scripted and designed for maximum expressivity and playability, partnered with a set of vintage keyboards carefully captured at a private Topanga Canyon-sited studio in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California.


  • Recorded with 10 different microphones in 192k, 24-bit - Delivered in 44k 24-bit with all microphones.
  • Native Instruments NKS Kontrol fully implemented.
  • 8 fully discreet channels, with fully user adjustable volume and pan per channel.
  • 7.1 Surround presets (choice of two different side mic types) with fully discrete user adjustable channels.
  • 5.1 Surround presets with fully discrete user adjustable channels.
  • 1 mono close mic over hammers.
  • 2 stereo close mics over hammers.
  • 1 under mounted bass mic.
  • 2 side mics in classical ORTF position.
  • 2 rear room mics.
  • 2 front room mic.
  • Vintage E-Piano electric piano.
  • Vintage W-Piano electric piano.
  • Vox Continental organ.
  • Farfisa organ.
  • Clavinet D6.
  • Hammond A100 tonewheel organ.
  • 10 ft grand with 10 mic channels, pedal sounds, key let offs, sustain pedal, all controllable via the V.M.S. dashboard.
  • Piano recorded by Robert Abeyta.
  • Keyboards recorded by Douglas Morton.
  • Keyboards played by Arlan Oscar.
  • Kontakt programming and scripting by Michael Scott.
  • Piano played by Candace Winterton.
  • Produced by Douglas Morton.

California Keys can be purchased and downloaded (as around 8,000 samples needing approximately 40 GB disk space) for a time-limited promo price of $199 until the end of March 2018, rising thereafter to $499, from quparts.com (It is alternatively available on a surfboard-shaped USB memory stick as a collector's item).

Watch Q Up Arts co-developer and co-designer Michael Scott's in-depth video walkthrough of California Keys: YouTube/KTTwUSt0p-s

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