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Akoustik Piano includes three famous Grand pianos that have been at the heart of countless classical concerts and recordings for many decades - the powerful and dynamic Bösendorfer 290 Imperial, the crystal-clear and versatile Steinway D, and the gentle Bechstein D 280 with its subtle harmonic overtones. Also included is the Steingraeber Model 130, an acclaimed upright piano offering a warm, compact tone that can fit perfectly whenever a majestic Concert Grand sound is not the first choice.
For inclusion into Akoustik Piano, each of the original instruments was carefully set up and recorded using a special recording technique that completely minimized room ambience, resulting in pristine and universally pure sound quality. All four instruments have been captured in 10 velocity levels, and with full sustain phases.
Akoustik Piano puts a strong focus on the accurate recreation of soundboard resonance for realistic playing behaviour. Special attention was given to the authentic implementation of the sustain, sustenuto and soft pedals, even including the effect of pressing the sustain pedal after a note has been struck. Expert settings allow for individual changes to the soundboard resonance characteristics, the key and pedal noise, and the position of the piano lid for each of the four instruments.
Akoustik Piano also includes realistic ambience on the basis of an integrated state-of-the-art convolution reverb, offering accurate sonic representations of a Concert Hall, Recording Studio, Cathedral, and Jazz Club. Ambience characteristics can be fine-tuned in the Expert section of the instrument, which also includes various controls for stereo positioning, tuning, and velocity response as well as versatile 3-band-equalizer.
Reviewed By nielsdolieslager
September 13, 2011
The Steinway is the best Steinway I own, the sound is realistic for a top model; at the same time deep, clear and wide on its own and also fits in a mix without any tweaking. I have been playing on several Steinways at conservatories and I would go for this one any time for recording classical pieces because this model is in better condition, I must say the Chopin demo on the Native Instruments website was the first classical piano piece recording on a sampled piano that fooled me. The Steingraeber Upright has a great imperfect personality, it is the most realistic upright I have although I prefer an even more imperfect sound. The Bösendorfer and Bechstein are great piano's if you need something else then the standard Grand Piano sound of Steinway and Yamaha. The Bösendorfer doesn't seem to compete with the real thing and I can't compare the Bechstein.Read more
Reviewed By lallis
February 22, 2009
It has enough high-quality effects controls that you can be happy with it using only its built-in convolution reverb and EQ. The velocity curve function is no better than most, so I find myself preferring a third-part plug-in for that.
The four pianos are well-chosen as a group for a lot of versatility and interest. The excellent Bechstein and Steingräber upright are not so often seen as to be boring. And both are very swinging instruments. It's a relief not to have a Yamaha C7 included, that I have to ignore. I feel like I got more for my money without that thing.
At the moment, Akoustik Piano is selling for $99 on specials. Seems to be selling well -- dealers seem frequently sold out. So I hope a lot of people are coming to be familiar with this excellent sample.Read more