The Emotional Piano is a legendary virtual grand piano designed for professional soundtrack and symphonic scoring. This deeply sampled walnut bodied grand piano library has a deep, warm and ponderous sound absolutely perfect for profoundly emotive songwriting and deep, brooding underscores. We focused on capturing the exceptionally wide, resonant warmth and velvety softness of a gorgeous Kawai grand to capture just the right character. The sound of a piano is defined by a thousand things, from the lacquer on the wood to the hardness of the hammer felts. Our goal was to find the softest, deepest, most resonant, rich, lush, warm and truly soulful sound we could imagine in a grand piano – a sound to express our hearts and souls with. You’ll find it perfectly captured here, in the Emotional Piano.
This is a big, dark, warm, full bodied piano intended for epic soundtracks, not fancy dinner parties. This piano wears a helmet flak jacket, not a tuxedo with tails. This piano is a door gunner, not a tiny dancer. This piano doesn’t retire to the New England countryside triumphantly after an extended run at the Met. It’s buried 6 feet under in the middle of a Chicago downpour, gunned down in cold blood by the mob. If you ever find yourself storming a beach in slow motion or charging into a burning building to save a baby, then this is the piano that will play when the final credits roll. This piano doesn’t do romantic comedies. It does true love stories and in the end, it does heartbreaks.
Our Emotional Piano Player Edition gives you access to a great cross-grade deal through Native Instruments on the full version of Kontakt. Kontakt lets you explore any one of our 70+ unlocked non-player instrument libraries. Click here for full details. If you’re not a Kontakt owner, you can download the free Kontakt Player here. Click here to download (PC or Mac).We also offer an open format version with unlocked samples for experienced Kontakt users, available by special order. Email us here for info. Please note: This library was originally published by Tonehammer.
We’ve added a variety of specialized tone, effect and performance shaping controls on the front instrument panel, providing everything from subtle tonal reshaping to dramatic otherworldly effects. Please be aware that the value ranges for many of our controls allow you to go way beyond realistic behavior for this or any real-world piano.
We’ve created a variety of ready-made presets that present some of the many sides our piano has to offer. The “master” preset is the sound of our actual piano, essentially just as it feels and sounds in the flesh. The “soft” preset is entirely focused on the softer end of our piano’s dynamic range. Our goal was to dial in the perfect preset for slow, gentle, cinematic compositions. The “gentle blur” preset softens the tone, note shaping and performance characteristics to create a faded, soft and distant character, perfect for moodier, darker pieces. The “jazz” preset has been sharpened, brightened and has it’s dynamic response expanded to provide a tone more ideal for tight jazz pieces. Finally, for the “pseudo-granny” patch we did our best to prematurely “age” our piano and tip it up on it’s side into a pretty reasonable replica of our old busted granny piano.
The special effect presets take the piano a little farther into to the unnatural, ranging from simple stereo effects to growling retro organs. The ambient presets use custom convolution impulses to morph the sound into a wide range of melodic, dark, astral and often undefinable sounds.
Deep Sampled Articulations
•All 88 Keys Multi-Sampled
•Extensive velocity layering per note
•Release samples per note
•Pedal samples with 4x round robin
NKI Program Presets
This library is designed for the latest free Kontakt Player version of the full retail version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or later. We’ve included 35 Kontakt 4-compatible nki programs, featuring automatable attack, release, dynamics, decay, pedal volume, release volume, EQ, convolution, and a full range of other effects controls. There are 5 main preset patches tuned with specific EQ settings. Each of the 5 presets also has a “lite” version wtih a much smaller memory footprint and lighter CPU load.
The included Convolution Reverb effect features 79 select custom impulse responses recorded from some of our favorite locations. Among those are also fx impulses which are more special effect than reverb.
1,716 Samples (lossless ncw format)
35 .nki files (Kontakt player format)
2.57 GB installed (5 GB uncompressed)
24 bit / 44.1kHz stereo ncw format
Format(s): Kontakt 4 .nki instruments and losslessly compressed .ncw samples