Important news for PMI POP/ROCK piano owners (Yamaha C7).
I was never really very satisfied with the PMI Yamaha C7 library. During the time I created this library, I was working on a studio setup built around a Yamaha digital mixer. It now turns out there were some signal path problems in that set-up that have led to unwanted signal degeneration, stereo image problems and strange bumps in frequencies. I recently found the cause of this when the system was broken down for upgrades. I then examined the original back-up sessions of that library. They sounded so much better than the end result! I decided to re-master all samples and create a new version of the Yamaha C7 library in all formats. I have just finished the Kontakt and HALion 24 bits versions, and will finish the Giga and EXS versions very soon. This update will make the C7 POP/ROCK meet the standards we set with the PMI GRANDIOSO series (Steinway D and Bosendorfer 290).
The important news for all current PMI C7 customers is that I decided to make the new version available as a free update, replacing the old disks, since the original release was below PMI quality standards.
We will arrange replacements together with our distributors and start shipping disks early next year. You will all automatically receive new disks for free. Only if your address changed since you purchased the library you should contact us. Send your shipping address, the product you purchased and where you purchased it to : email@example.com)
I created a new demo with the new samples.
The demo below was made with the 24 bits PMI POP/ROCK (Yamaha C7) in KONTAKT. Both recording perspectives (CLOSE and AMBIENT) are used in tandem. The balance between the two is 60% ambient and 40% close. When you compare this demo with the next demo (of the PMI Bosendorfer 290) you will notice that the Bos290 is more ambient sounding than the Yamaha C7. This makes the POP/ROCK piano more suited for pop and rock music where all reverb and ambience is usually added during the final mixdown and not during the track recording.
To run this kind of a performance on a single computer I used an overclocked 3 GHz P4, with 2 GB of fast RAM and S-ATA drives. Even with this machine the tandem performance of both piano perspectives under Cubase SX is a serious load for the CPU during the dense passage where over 120 stereo voices play on both instruments. The playback is ok but bouncing to disk can suffer from dropouts (CPU halts I believe) when a lot of additional processing is applied.
The piece is a performance by the Dutch piano-virtuoso Jan Vayne who improvises on a song by John Ewbank, who composed songs for several Dutch artists such as Marco Borsato, Trijntje Oosterhuis and many others.
Listen to the PMI POP/ROCK (YAMAHA C7) MP3 here: PMI Yamaha C7
The file is 10.9 MB (320 kbps)
For the next demo I rendered the same midi file using the PMI Bösendorfer 290 Plug-In (with the KOMPAKT engine). I used a multi with two patches: on channel 1 the “Dry 16 pedal up” patch and on Channel 2 the “Pedal Resonance” patch. These two instruments are played by the same sequence. The pedal resonance on the second channel crossfades in –in realtime- whenever the sustain pedal is actually used. Not as in regular sample libraries where the sustain pedal down samples are selected AFTER the sustain pedal is down. This makes a tremendous difference in liveliness. This performance was a relatively mild attack on the PC’s CPU power.
Listen to the PMI Bösendorfer 290 plug-In MP3 here:
PMI Bosendorfer 290
The file is 10.9 MB (320 kbps)
Any feedback is welcome.