Sunday, July 12, 2020

NEW: WESTWOOD ALT PIANO & WALKTHROUGH






NEW RELEASE




OVERVIEW

ALT PIANO is the complete and unabridged big sister to our infamous Upright Felt Piano.

We recorded an old, humble and character-filled upright piano from the 60s, with and without felt making this a piano with two very different characters. Soft and beautiful or bright and lively, or blend between the recordings to achieve a tone unlike anything else. 

We also re-recorded the piano samples in three distinctly different and unique ways to create a series of textural sound layers, which can be mixed with the natural piano or used on their own.

With dozens of other unique and interesting controls, you can create a very diverse range of sounds all from just one instrument.


MAIN CONTROLS



Felt Control

We recorded the piano twice. With and without felt which provides you with two very distinct characters. Both are full of subtle imperfections and individuality. The natural sound of the piano without felt is bright and lively, whilst the felted recordings are soft and gentle.  But best of all, you don't have to choose. We created a control that blends between the two recordings so you can dial in a sound that suits you.

Texture Layers

If you need an interesting and deeper atmospheric feeling to your music, you can use the Texture control. We took the original piano samples and re-recorded, manipulated and filtered them to create a series of three different layers which blend perfectly with the piano because, well, they're made from the piano.



TEXTURE 1 - AIR
A light breathy sound created by our custom plugin chain of reverse reverbs and granular manipulation. Wait for the tail to hear this peaceful but slightly haunting sound.



TEXTURE 2 - GRAIN

Using a noisy and temperamental Sony TC-121 Cassette-Corder from the 60s, we created a worn, warped and gently unsettling feeling for this texture. It's all about the wow.



TEXTURE 3 - EARTH
We recorded the samples to tape through a beautiful Tascam MSR24s and then slowed back the tape speed to achieve a tone that's a full octave deeper. You're going to want some bigger monitors.


Untune
This isn't a pitch shifter, this is a really precise control which allows you to make the piano sound like it's fallen out of tune. You can make it sound anywhere between a day and a decade out of tune.


Pianist
Listen to the gentle creak of the chair, clothing foley and a hint of room ambience. You can control the intensity and the volume independently. We think this sounds as authentic and realistic as it gets to a live recording.


Trans-pitch
Tune the sound of the notes down, whilst retaining the right pitch by transposing them back up. All with one click. This creates a much richer and deeper sound and is a really interesting way way to alter the tone, instead of using EQ.


Piano
Four different controls and one master gain to set the sound of the sustain pedal being depressed and released. The sound of all the strings resonating when you press the pedal as well as the hammers returning after you release each key.


SECONDARY CONTROLS
Start Time
Sensitivity
Piano Front
Perspective
Mic Noise

MICROPHONE MIXER
Close
Room
Soundboard
Ambient

EFFECTS 
3 Band EQ 
Delay (with tempo sync) 
Stereo Width 
Reverb (with 8 curated impulses)

SNAPSHOTS
30 included


$59 | €59 | £55

Intro Price: $35 | €35 | £29












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