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Native Instruments Akoustik Piano: Sample Based Acoustic Piano
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The Steinway D, Bechstein D 280, and Boesendorfer 290 Imperial grand pianos, plus the Steingraeber 130 vintage upright piano come together beautifull...Click To Read More About This Product
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3 legendary grand pianos and a vintage upright on your desktop.
The Steinway D, Bechstein D 280, and Boesendorfer 290 Imperial grand pianos, plus the Steingraeber 130 vintage upright piano come together beautifully in Akoustik Piano. High-quality sampled sounds are expressive, precise, and very playable. Akoustik Piano covers the entire range of piano sounds and styles, transfusing the sonic characteristics and subtle tonal nuances of all 4 into your computer—the perfect complement for studios, rehearsal rooms, schools, stages and clubs.
Akoustik Piano sets a new benchmark for sound quality, capturing the full body and feel of the originals with unprecedented authenticity. The latest recording technology and a specially developed microphone setup was used for all 4 pianos. The result is a uniquely warm, transparent and flexible sound that delivers the same distinctive character of each individual piano in exacting detail and can still be adjusted to meet specific needs.
Akoustik Piano plays and responds exactly as real pianos do. The keys were sampled at varying velocities and great care was taken to capture the entire sustain and release phases. The innovative Layer Morphing Technology generates a seamless dynamic gradient. The characteristic resonances caused by use of the pedals can be adjusted, as can the subtle mechanical noises of the pedals and keys themselves. From perfect pianissimo to forceful fortissimo, this instrument delivers the same breadth and depth of tone as the originals.
Add sounds to a space
Akoustik Piano has a first-class integrated convolution module, allowing highly authentic spatial characteristics to be added to the sound. Place the piano in a studio, jazz club, concert hall, or a cathedral or use the dry signal as it is. The acoustic parameters of these spaces, such as the size, can also be manipulated. From the close mic setup of a jazz combo to the more ambient nature of classic solo performance, Akoustik Piano covers the whole spectrum.
- 3 famous grand pianos and one vintage upright piano
- Extremely intuitive and clearly structured user interface
- Integrated convolution module for high-quality controllable room acoustics
- 4 different room types with distinctive characteristics
- Exceptionally high sample quality incl. sustain and release phases
- "Layer Morphing Technology" ensures a seamless velocity gradient
- Highly efficient sample engine based on KONTAKT 2, including Direct from Disk
- Adjustable mechanical noises of pedals and keys
- Integrated metronome, recorder and flexible 3-band EQ
- Keyboard velocity curve allowing response to be adjusted for different master keyboards
For a plethora of celebrated piano tones at your fingertips, order today!
- Standalone, Audio Units, RTAS, VST, DXi, Core Audio, DirectSound
- System Requirements:
- DVD Drive, 17 GB free hard disk space
- Mac OS 10.3, G4 1.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM
- Windows XP, Pentium IV / Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM
- Recommended System:
- Mac OS 10.4, G5 1.8 GHz, 1 GB RAM
- Windows XP, Pentium IV / Athlon XP 3 GHz, 1 GB RAM
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At first, things can seem promising with this little virtual instrument. Assuming you have internet, the service center it uses to update itself works well and it installs with little to no issues. It's once you get it to working that you find issues. First, you have to install the Kontakt player from Native Instruments in able to use it well...without it, it can barely make a sound, or a good one at that. Once you get it working, it may or may not work solo at all times unless you lower the voices or put it in "eco" mode. If you use it as a plugin VST instrument, the sound bar within Akoustik may have a different effect than when playing it solo. You will most likely have to increase your buffers to play this without snapping sounds coming from it every strong note you play. Other than that, it is good-sounding...if you're willing to do your research and fix it up. Getting Kontakt is a must.
I was surprised to find so many sub-par reviews on such an outstanding product and value. The Playablility was surprisingly smooth and expressive and the sound is crisp and solid in every range. With a Good Midi Controller you really couldn't ask for more for the price range that this thing fits in. The Samples are very well done and have a natural sustain and vibrato to them. you don't get that buzz as the sound fades out or the static sound of a stale sample. The low range is really impressive as it has good sound and is not too muddy or sloppy like a lot of samples can get. The mid is pretty, crisp and very usable. This is a really nice set of pianos that is worth a look if you're looking for some soft pianos. Though I'm not sure it is better than Synthogy Ivory Software.
The samples themselves are excellent, but the playability is well below par. First of all, they should be embarrassed providing a mere 50 notes of polyphony max -- there are Casio's with more. Then there's the unrealistic pedal response, which causes notes to suddenly cut out for no reason. And the dynamics are unrealistic. For example, there's no threshold minimum velocity for making a tone, so no matter how lightly you depress a note, a tone will be generated (and varying the velocity curve or dynamic response doesn't help). Basically, this software is great for hobbyists. But professionals should avoid it. You can get away with a lot of different music, but don't even think about playing Rachmaninov or Liszt or Debussy etc.
I enjoy the pianos here quite a lot, and there's plenty of variation to choose from with some interesting editing options (lid position, mic distance etc). On sound quality alone I think this is a great package, although I actually prefer the sound of some of the old sample libraries (e.g., the Old Lady/Emperor) for what I do. I would strongly suggest that folks looking at this product visit the Native Instrument webpage and look at the various issues owners have had with Akoustic Piano though - there are some alarming comments posted in the forum area. That said, this is the only NI product I *haven't* had issues with: B4II and Elektrik routinely crash on opening in standalone mode, but apart from being a resource hog, AP hasn't given me any trouble.