Big Cat Instruments has released the final version of City Piano, a free Baldwin Baby Grand piano sample library which is available in various formats including NKI, SFZ, and even VSTi plugin format.
I just finished my City Piano for Kontakt 5. It is a Baldwin Baby Grand with four fully sampled velocity layers. It is free and public domain. do anything you like with it.
City Piano is available for free download via Big Cat Instruments (304 MB download size, ZIP archive, contains 262 audio samples in WAV format, mappings in Kontakt 3, Kontakt 5, SampleTank 2.5, and SFZ formats, 32-bit VSTi plugin format for Windows).
It’s great to see a free sample library which is offered in so many different formats! Having the option to choose between all these different sampler formats, as well as the universal VSTi plugin format, might be enough to make City Piano one of the most popular free piano sample collections out there. Judging by the audio demo embedded below, the sound quality is another one of its strong points.
This free sample library has been “under development” for quite a while now and the final version has finally seen the light of day. Several spin-off sample packs are also available for download on the author’s page, namely the 8-bit Piano, Cassette Piano, Shoot the Piano, and The Whisper. These alternative sample packs are based on the same basic set of piano samples, which have been processed with various audio effect in order to achieve a different kind of piano sound.