1990 Prepared Studio Grand Piano

1990 Prepared Studio Grand Piano

  • Kontakt VST / AU / AAX
  • Also Available in Soundpaint ($40) with 127 Dynamic Layers
  • 44,408 Samples / 15.31GB
  • 6 Mics (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
  • Kontakt 5.8.1 Full Retail (or later) Required
  • Delivered by Download


Grand Piano Effects

The 1990 Prepared Grand Piano is the most comprehensive collection of deep-sampled Prepared Piano samples 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. 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, Scotland’s Premiere Recording Studio – Gorbals Sound, through one of the greatest custom NEVE desks in existence before expertly downsampling 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.






What sets the 1990 Prepared Grand Piano apart from competitors is not just the great recordings, programming, or stunning layout, but also the wealth of features, allowing you to dial in precisely the sound you want. Whether it’s controlling the dynamic feel of the piano with a single click, the resonance, the pedal volume, or ADSR, you have instant access.

1990 Prepared Studio Grand Piano


1990 Prepared Studio Grand Piano

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. The six microphone positions include Mixed, Ribbon, Player Perspective, ORTF, Room, and Ambient Microphones. Engineering doesn’t get finer than this!


We sampled the piano through two of the best studio reverbs in the world: TC6000 and Bricasti. They can be activated with a single click, giving you instant access to two of the most studio-defining reverbs of all time. We sampled the piano through the reverbs using a pristine signal path designed by some of the world’s best engineers. No more convolution!

1990 Prepared Studio Grand Piano



 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 5.8.1 or later required
•    Not Compatible with Free Kontakt Player
•    14.3GB / 44.408 Samples
•    PC Quadcore / 2.4GZ+, 8GB ram
•    MAC Quadcore / 2.6Ghz, 8GB ram