I am obsessed with Piano Libs and I own far too many of them.
My latest purchase was the Worras White Grand.
Before I say anything about the sound of the lib I must first shout from the top of my lungs that this companies policies about crossgrades is absolutely the best!!
I bought the giga version. Went to their web site and downloaded the kontakt patches.
Did the conversion per the pdf instructions.
VSL\'s policy about crossgrades is outrageaous by comparison. With white grand, sampletekk seem to acknowledge that we as owners, already own the rights to the samples. Even the upgrade to 24 bit versions is free (just $30 for the cost of the dvd burn and shipping).
This should be industry standard practice. I would have even been more than happy to pay a small fee for the extra programming that goes into other versions but the free download is much appreciated.
Soundware companies should in every possible way look towards sampletekk\'s policy before deciding on there own crossgrade options.
To the piano.
There is definately something to the 16 velocity layer thing. Butter. while the unfortunate Mike Myers/Streisand image comes to mind, Butter is the best word to describe how this thing plays.
I think Bruce once used the word addictive.
Even away from my rig I am still feeling how incredibly sensitive this thing is. It haunts me and draws me back to sit down and play it.
How many libs make you NEED to sit down and PLAY IT NOW?!!?
I am beyond knocked out by it.
When you spend as many hours in front of high end monitors(currently Adam S3\'s + Gen S30\'s) as I do (mix/mastering), its interesting to zone in on how different engineers/producers HEAR things differently.
It gets easy to tell who mixed a track just by its sonic imprint (eq balance).
Same with Library creators.
I own Worra\'s previous piano lib. While I raved about the quality of the lib I really did not like the eq balance of either the piano or the recording of it. It took simply too much eq to get it to sit in a mix and the one universal truth is the eq is seldom ever a good thing on a piano.
White Grand has a very similair sonic imprint to Worras studio grand.
900-1.5K. Very very mid heavy in this area.
The Eb and E above middle C especially.
Most likely this is just the way this piano sounds.
But I am so damn addicted to the playability of the White Grand that I will spend many hours working with eq to see if I can get it to sit better in a mix. I may even resort to eqing individual samples as to not effect neighboring zones. Its just a dream to play and worth the effort.
Worra again deserves recognition for raising the bar on piano libs.
This thing is stunning to play.
I now have a future fantasy of Worra finding a Killer C7 and giving it the full White Grand production treatment.
I will literally buy every lib he creates. The quality is that good.
Worra, Please please please please do a C7 (or bigger) yamaha. I\'ll pay double for it.
I am a customer of your for life.