Midnight Grand is a Fracture Sounds' flagship piano - a Steinway concert grand, expertly recorded in a concert hall with a layer of cotton between the hammers and strings, to create a delicate, cinematic tone.
The instrument was recorded in a modern concert hall environment using a selection of top-shelf microphones (from DPA, Coles, AKG) placed close to the piano and further back in the room. We carefully blended these microphone signals into a single stereo mix. The result is a well balanced and versatile sound – spacious enough so as not to sound boxy or claustrophobic, yet dry enough to offer the flexibility of adding as much or little reverb as you like.
Midnight Grand includes additional mechanical sounds - key release noise, pedal noise and room tone. These can be dialled in on the interface to create extra depth and realism.
As with many other Fracture Sounds libraries, Midnight Grand features specially designed 'Atmosphere Layers' – playable pads and textures which blend together with the raw piano to create rich, cinematic soundscapes:
- The 'Haze' layer adds a smooth, dreamy sustain.
- The 'Shivers' layer is a textural pad, created from processed live string recordings.
- The 'Eclipse' layer is a rich reversed granular delay effect, which lingers behind the raw piano.
These layers can be dialled in to taste using the Layer Mixer. Additionally, the global 'intensity' of these layers can be controlled using the 'Atmosphere Intensity' dial, or automated in real-time using the mod wheel.
More info and demos at https://fracturesounds.com/product/midnight-grand/