1990 Prepared Grand Piano


  • Price: $148 
  • Kontakt VST / AU / AAX
  • 44.408 Samples. 14.3GB HDD (compressed from 27.4GB)
  • 6 Microphones (incl. Neumann u87, Coles, Neve, AKG etc)
  • Recorded on custom NEVE Console
  • 2 Pro-Grade Reverbs (Bricasti and TC)
  • 13 Unique Played Tonal Articulations
  • 10 Unique Played Metallic Articulations
  • 15 Persecuted and Percussive Played Articulations
  • Product only available as Direct Download
  • Full Retail Version of Kontakt 5.5 (or later) Required

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1990 Prepared Grand Piano overview

The 1990 Prepared Grand Piano is the most comprehensive collection of deep-sampled Prepared Piano on the market. The library contains over 44.000 samples and 38 highly unique and playable articulations, including everything from playing directly on piano strings with Guitar Picks, E-Bow, Mallets, Forks, Ping Pong Balls, Paper, Bottle Caps, Coke Cans, Blankets, Wires etc. We also included a sweeping selection of finger techniques ranging from muted spiccatos to picked sustains and everything in-between. In addition we recorded several articulations with both pedal up and pedal down and with round robin variations.

The end-result is an extraordinary piano experience unlike anything ever done. The Prepared Piano includes 5 unique microphones/positions, including Neumann 87’s, Coles, Neve SE Ribbon’s, AKG 414’s and Neumann KM 184’s. Everything was lovingly recorded & processed at 96k at a famous hi-tech British Studio through one of the greatest custom NEVE desks in existence before expertly down sampling to a smooth 48k for ease of streaming. We also recorded every single sample through both TC6000 and Bricasti studio reverbs, so you literally have the best recordings that can possibly be done.

In addition the library gives you full control over the dynamic response as well as mechanics and tone, so you can dial in the perfect sound & dynamic match for your workflow – all simply done with a click of the mouse. We also included full control over resonance, room tone and signal chain noise, non tonal key control, unique release triggers for hammer action, string damping, and release triggers for our room and ambient microphones. In essence you have everything right at your finger tips and most importantly – it just works effortlessly.

Deep Sampling

The 1990 Prepared Grand Piano contains over 44.000 samples and a gorgeous fully 3D rendered interface. Everything was lovingly recorded at a incredibly well known British Studio through custom NEVE Consoles and offers you the most versatile Studio Grand Piano we have ever played. Whether you want the best studio microphones (ex. Neumann u87, Cole, Neve Ribbon Mics). The best reverbs (ex. Bricasti M7 or TC 6000). It is all there at your finger tips.

Deep Options

What sets the 1990 Prepared Grand Piano apart from competitors is not just the great recordings, programming or stunning lay-out. But it is also the wealth of features – allowing you to dial in precisely the sound you want. Whether its controlling the dynamic feel of the piano with a single click, the resonance, the pedal volume, ADSR or even the sounds of your fingers touching the keys. No engineering degree required. It all just makes sense.

Superior Reverbs

We sampled the piano through two of the best studio reverbs in the world (TC6000 and Bricasti), so you get access to the sweetest sound of all. The reverbs can be activated with a single click and gives you instant access and control over the two reverbs that have defined studio reverbs more then anything else. You can control both pan, spread and volume of each reverbs. No more convolution. We literally sampled the piano through them using a pristine signal path designed by some of the worlds best engineers.

World Class Microphones

The Prepared Grand gives you access to the best studio microphones for pianos, including Neumann u87’s & KM 184’s. Neve SE Ribbons, AKG 414’s and a sweet mixed microphone position made from them all. So in essence you have six microphone positions, including Mixed, Ribbon, Player Perspective, ORTF, Room and Ambient Microphones. Engineering doesn’t get finer then this and you can literally dial in precisely what you want with a few clicks.

Played / Tonal Articulations:

  • Muted Short
  • Muted Long (Pedal Up / Pedal Down)
  • Harmonics
  • Plucked (Pedal Up / Pedal Down)
  • Tapped (Pedal Up / Pedal Down)
  • A Soft Touch
  • Grans Grand
  • Diminished
  • Sombre Grand
  • Bowed Grand

Punished Articulations:

  • Loose String (Pedal Up / Pedal Down)
  • Razors Edge
  • Fools Gold
  • Busted Grand
  • Rusty Grand
  • Twisted Steel (Pedal Up / Pedal Down)
  • Splintered
  • Drilled Grand

Persecuted Articulations:

  • Analog Glow
  • Str8 to Tape
  • Prattle Piano (Pedal Up / Down)
  • Rendered (Pedal Up / Down)
  • Granular (Pedal Up / Down)
  • Particles
  • Ricochet
  • Symmetry
  • Suppressed

Percussive / FX Articulations:

  • Effects
  • Hits
  • Knocks

Naturally triggered articulations include:

  • Sympathetic Resonance
  • Keys (The non tonal sound of the hammers hitting the strings)
  • Hammers (The sound of the hammers falling after being released)
  • Pedals both depressed and released
  • True Noise & Room Tone from the untouched signal chain
  • Release Triggers (Time based for both Tail of the sound and the immediate resonant buzz associated with damping a piano string)

Recorded at a famous British studio with all microphone positions recorded through a custom NEVE desk. All microphones can of course be loaded/unloaded and include Volume, Stereo Spread, Pan, Solo and Mute functions:

  • Mixed Microphone (Sweet processed Mix of all mics)
  • Neumann u87 Microphones
  • Neumann Km 184 Microphones
  • Coles 4038 Microphones
  • Neve SE Ribbon Microphones
  • AKG 414  Microphones

Two additional pro-grade reverb options:

  • TF 8000 (incl. On/Off, Pan, Spread, Volume)
  • 8Casti (incl. On/Off, Pan, Spread, Volume)

The 1990 Prepared Studio Grand Piano has a wealth of options, including:

  • Uniquely sampled Pedal Up and Pedal Down
  • Live Keyswitch, CC, & Auto Detect Controls over the core articulations
  • Dynamics Response Control
  • Sympathetic Resonance Control
  • Key Control (Non tonal sound of the strings & falling of hammers upon release)
  • Pedal Volume Control
  • Release Triggers of Hammer Action
  • Release Triggers (Time based for both Tail of the sound and the immediate resonant buzz associated with damping a piano string)
  • True Noise & Room Tone from the untouched signal chain
  • ADSR Controls
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.5 or later required
  • Not Compatible with Free Kontakt Player
  • Ability to download
  • 14.3GB / 44.408 Samples
  • PC Quadcore / 2.4GZ+, 8GB ram
  • MAC Quadcore / 2.6Ghz, 8GB ram