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