Wednesday, November 10, 2021

NEW RELEASE: LOST PIANO by WESTWOOD INSTRUMENTS





NEW RELEASE

Westwood Instruments release "LOST PIANO", a new piano-based library for Kontakt


OVERVIEW 





Beautifully worn and naturally warped, Lost Piano is designed to create a mood and inspire the way you play.


It’s not a synthesiser but neither is it really a piano anymore. It’s the somewhere in-between that you won’t have been before. Created for experimentation. Created to push the limits on what you thought a piano could sound like.

Made from 32 sets of piano sounds that have been time-stretched and transformed through reel-to-reel, cassette tapes, guitar pedals and some unconventional plugin chains.

It also features our new custom Memories engine which generates an intelligent pattern of rhythmic sounds. More character and complexity than an arpeggiator. More curious and unconventional than a delay.

This is for the composers, creators and music makers that value the way a sound makes you feel.

It’s time to get lost . . .


PIANO SOUNDS
 

There are 24 different sets of piano sounds and 8 texture pads that can be loaded into 2 sides of the instrument. They have all been painstakingly re-recorded, re-amped and re-worked from the original Alt Piano recording sessions. They have been stretched and transformed through reel-to-reel, cassette tapes and some of the world’s finest boutique guitar pedals. Some have been further manipulated with a string of unconventional plugin chains.
We also went back to the original piano and recorded some additional interesting sounds using wooden plectrums, drum sticks and palm-muted thumb plucks.

 



PIANO TEXTURES


The 8 texture pads have been made using the same re-recording techniques as the other sounds. The feeling of an analogue synth, but with the soul of a piano. One of our favourites is called ‘Muddle’ which uses the highly revered, Fairfield Circuitry “Shallow Water” pedal and an Electro Harmonix Octave generator. We re-amped both left and right channels independently, constantly changing the controls of the pedals to give a truly original stereo sound.


MEMORIES
We’ve developed a custom engine called Memories which generates an intelligent pattern of rhythms to accompany your playing. More character and complexity than an arpeggiator. More curious and unconventional than a delay. Turn a simple chord into a rhythmical and moving soundscape of complimentary notes and tones.

Choose any of the piano recordings for the Memories engine to play and then tune the sound even more. Make them feel like a recent memory or a long forgotten and hazy dream. We’ve created 12 presets just for the Memory page, to give you an instant starting point..


REVERB
Film-inspired spaces

We’ve created 12 film-inspired reverb impulses. The room of a Japanese hotel. A ball room where all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. An empty house being used to make soap. A spaceship where Dave is no longer in control. See if you can guess them all.


DELAY
Delays for days

Think differently about the way you know delay. The built-in delay engine houses 5 different types of delay from a clean digital delay to several vintage and analogue inspired delays. Plus a delay we call Haze, where you can create washed out shimmery cloud that blurs the line between delay and reverb.


AMBIENCE
Put it in it’s place

To add some real-world quality we’ve included 6 ambient recordings. From a gentle breeze in woodland to a distant city at night. Instant atmosphere. Instant cinema.


NOISE
Turn up the character

If you think music shouldn’t sound pristine, there’s a series of 6 analogue recorded noises to take the edge off. Worn cassette tape, vinyl crackle, radio static and the drone of a forgotten machine are among the sounds available to make everything a bit more rough around the edges.




RANDOMISER


Get lost

Randomise every single sound and control in the whole instrument to take a dive into the unknown. Who knows where you’ll end up. Maybe it will sound like that one time when you were 6 and recorded the family piano on your Dad’s reel-to-reel. Maybe it will sound like the darkest memories of a stranger you’ve never met. Maybe it‘s a sound you never imagined was possible that’s just about to kick start your entire score.

With the endless range of possibilities in the instrument, we’ve created over 100 instrument snapshot presets to get you somewhere good quickly. Arranged in a way to find a simple starting point that you can take in your own direction, or choose one of the more complex and interesting combinations you might not have thought about.


LOST PIANO FEATURES

 
Kontakt PLAYER 6.2.2 and above

Over 2750 samples
 

~ 9.8 GB (48k 24bit)
 

Downloads with Pulse download manager
 

DOWNLOAD SIZE
~ 3.4 GB


AVAILABLE HERE: WESTWOOD INSTRUMENTS



 

 



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