We sampled the legendary Yamaha CP-70 Electric Grand Piano in such detail that it will never need to be sampled again (94,604 samples to be exact). The Electric Grand Piano is similar to a normal piano, except that the vibration of the strings is converted by electric pickups, like an Electric Guitar. We recorded and processed the CP-70 at 24-Bit / 96Khz at Scotland’s Premiere Recording Studio, Gorbals Sound, through a large custom NEVE desk.
The Vintage CP-70 contains standard (Sustains, Staccato, Staccatissimo w/ RR) and a large assortment of prepared articulations (Ex. Plucked Strings, Picked Strings, Muted Strings, Harmonics etc.).
We opened the Vintage CP-70 and recorded the insides, plucking the tines and gently muting them for different sounds. The microphones include Neumann 87’s, Coles, Neve SE Ribbon’s, AKG 414’s, Neumann KM 184’s, and a mixed microphone position, which was made by combining all 24 microphones used in the sessions. We also recorded all samples through two world-class reverbs (Bricasti and TC-Electronics 6000). The CP-70 was recorded with a 100% analogue NEVE Pre-Amp Signal Flow and further enhanced with a physical hardware chain, including Manley Vari Mu Compressor, Original Urei 1176 (Pre-Universal Audio), Original DBX 160, Neve 33609 Compressor. The CP-70 also includes full control over velocity response, tremolo and tremolo rate controls, resonance and release triggers, pedal volume, analog noise control, and full ADSR controls.
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What sets the CP-70 Electric Grand Piano apart from competitors is not just the great recordings, programming, or stunning lay-out, but also the wealth of features that allow you to dial in precisely the sound you want. You can control the dynamic feel of the piano with a single click, resonance, Pick Ups, phase relationship, ADSR, or even the sounds of fingers on the keys.
We sampled the CP-70 through two of the best studio reverbs in the world: TC6000 and Bricasti, giving you instant access and control over two industry-defining studio reverbs. We sampled the CP-70 using a pristine signal path designed by some of the world's best engineers.
The CP-70 Electric Grand Piano gives you access to the best studio microphones for pianos, including Neumann u87’s, KM 184’s, Neve SE Ribbons, Royers, and AKG 414’s. Along with the mixed microphone option, you also have access to DI Clean, DI Crush and DI Warm.
ARTS, SPECS AND REQS
Sustains (Pedal Up / Pedal Down)
Staccato (5 round robin)
Staccatissimo (5 round robin)
Recorded at Scotland’s famous studio, Gorbals Sound, 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
Royers R-121s Microphones
Two additional pro-grade reverb options:
TC6000™ (incl. On/Off, Pan, Spread, Volume)
Bricasti™ (incl. On/Off, Pan, Spread, Volume)
The Vintage CP-70 Electric Grand Piano was recorded through a custom Rupert Neve Desk with 100% analogue Neve pre-amp signal flow. The sounds were then processed through the following physical hardware units:
Manley™ Vari Mu Compressor
Original Urei™ 1175 (Pre-Universal Audio)
Original DBX 160™
Neve™ 33609 Compressor
TC Electronics™ 6000
Uniquely sampled Pedal Up and Pedal Down
Live Keyswitch, CC, & Auto Detect Controls over the core articulations
Live Velocity Mapper and Dynamics Response Control
Sympathetic Resonance Control
Pedal Volume Control
Release Triggers of Hammer Action
Tremolo and Tremolo Rate Control
True Noise & Room Tone from the untouched signal chain
Click, Stacked and Keys Control
Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.8.1 or later or later required