1985 Passionate Piano


  • Price: $148
  • Kontakt VST / AU / AAX
  • 66.000 samples 22.4GB (compressed from 67 GB)
  • Up to 10 Velocity Layers
  • 6 Pro Microphone Positions (Mix, Close, Ears, Bottom, Mid, Far)
  • 5 Round Robin Repetitions
  • Custom Convolution Reverbs (+100)
  • Sound Design Patch /w Independent Piano Elements
  • Advanced Chaos Effects Systems
  • Product only available as Direct Download
  • Full Retail Version of Kontakt 5.6 (or later) Required

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1985 Passionate Piano overview

8Dio 1985 Passionate Grand Piano is an ultra deep-sampled piano library – featuring over 66.000 samples, up to 10 velocity layers, 5 round-robin, a wealth of flexible articulations and all across 6 microphone positions. The microphones were literally surrounding the entire piano, so you can create exactly the sound you want. Whether it is getting close to the strings or listening from the players position. Whether its the darker tones underneath the piano or more ambient perspectives using room microphones. We used the finest Neumann microphones (U87, Um57) and a wealth of other high-end studio microphones.

Equally important is the elegant playability. The 1985 Passionate Piano plays fluently across all velocities – with a beautiful, warm and wide sound of a mature grand. You will not notice these are samples, but rather a real instrument at your finger tips. Full of life, personality, natural resonance and harmonics.

The Passionate Grand Piano contains core both deep-sampled Sustains, Una Corda (felt piano), Staccatissimo and Staccato. The short note staccatos were recorded with 5 RR pr. velocity layer – offering you the ability to play incredibly fast licks with clear definition on the attack of the sound. This feels and plays completely realistically. The Passionate Piano also contains our latest Chaos FX designed for sound design. We included many of our new custom Textural Convolution Delays, which gives the instrument the ability to delay textures from other non-piano sound sources.

The 8Dio Passionate Grand Piano is a labour of love. Recorded through true analog vintage equipment and with 6 independent microphones positions. Encapsulating the deeper spirit of the instrument. 66,000 samples, up to 10 velocity layers and a virtual instrument designed for the compositional mind and happy fingers.

Deep Sampling

The 1985 Passionate Grand Piano contains over 66,000 samples and a functional and familiar user interface. Everything was deep-sampled at a modern European studio and offers you a deeply expressive and emotional instrument. Whether you want the best studio microphones (ex. Neumann U87, Neumann UM57, AKG414s and even custom microphones). And an interface with incredible sound design options or instant access to every articulation and microphone with a single click.

World-Class Microphones

The 1985 Passionate Grand Piano offers you access to 6 high-end studio microphones for pianos, including Neumann U87, Neumann UM57, AKG414 and even custom home-made microphones for unique sounds. The microphones were placed in 5 different positions. Our close microphone gives an intimate, near-string sound. The Ears microphones were placed exactly where the player is sitting. Bottom position is microphones underneath the piano for a darker tone. Mid position mics give a full room sound and our Far position gives you a full rich, ambient perspective. You can literally create any perspective you want with a single click of a mouse.

Deep Options

The 1985 Passionate Grand Piano also includes a wealth of features – allowing you to create in precisely the sound you want. The library comes with both deep-sampled sustains, una corda (felt piano), short staccatissimo with x 5 round robin and staccato notes with x 5 round robin. We call this ultra deep-sampling. We also included unique sound design elements of all articulations, so you can mangle the piano into new directions. We also added our front-face FX, which gives you immediate access to a variety of custom effects for further sound design.

Chaos FX

The 1985 Passionate Grand Piano contains our Chaos FX system, which allows you to virtually do anything you desire to the Grand. Whether its create a step-based filter sequencer, precision dial EQ, bit-crush or distort, stereo-delay or mess around with dual convolution reverbs. We also added our latest convolution, which allows you create Textural Convolution Delays on top of the existing stereo-delay and convolution reverb.

Core Articulations:

  • Sustains (up to 10 velocities)
  • Una Corda
  • Short / Staccatissimo (5 round-robin)
  • Staccato (5 round-robin)

Sound Design Piano Elements:

  • Sustain
  • Una Corda
  • Short
  • Staccato
  • Muted Attacks
  • Resonance
  • Sustain Reversed
  • Una Corda Reversed
  • Short Reversed
  • Staccato Reversed
  • Muted Attacks Reversed
  • Resonance Reversed

Presets (15):

  • 80s
  • Bass
  • Bouncing
  • Come and Go
  • Delayed Bass
  • Driven Spots
  • Growling
  • Happy Gate
  • Late Night Scoring Piano
  • Longest
  • Metallic
  • Misfit Bass
  • Misfit Spiccato
  • Mittens
  • Nostalgic Pad
  • Reborn
  • Retro Vintage
  • Short Valse
  • Spatial Cembalo
  • Spatial
  • Vocal

Recorded at a large soviet era scoring stage. All microphones can be loaded/unloaded and include Volume, Solo and Mute functions:

  • Mixed Microphone (processed Mix of all mics)
  • Neumann™ UM 57 Microphones
  • Neumann™ Km 184 Microphones
  • Sennheiser™ MKH 40 Microphones
  • Lomo™ Vintage Soviet Microphones
  • Aston™ Spirit  Microphones
  • New FX Engine 3.3
    • Instant CHAOS (randomize over 1500 parameters)
    • Phaser & Flanger
    • Delay
    • Degrader (Bit Crusher)
    • EQ
    • Filter
    • Filter LFO
    • Gate
    • Convolution Reverb
    • Transform (Alternative Convolution Reverb)
  • Modwheel control of filter and others
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.6 or later required
  • Not Compatible with Free Kontakt Player
  • Ability to download
  • 22 GB / 66.507 Samples
  • PC Quadcore / 2.4GZ+, 8GB ram
  • MAC Quadcore / 2.6Ghz, 8GB ram