I\'m getting so much questions about the upcoming Black Grand, so I thought I give you some words on how works progress:
The instrument, a Steinway D Hamburg, made in -99 and bought by the Chamberorchestra in Orebro, Sweden last year for around $125,000, was recorded in the concerthall of Orebro.
The reason for recording it there was that I wanted the Piano to work in it\'s natural \"habitat\" instead of a studio.
It\'s a concert grand, and it\'s built to sound good in a concert hall!
The problems with noise and other disturbing sounds wasn\'t that major. I mostly did this in the night or early in the morning, and if someone slammed the door (I had notes up everywhere in the building, but there\'s always one or two that missed it), I simply redid that note.
The Steinway was recorded using SampleTekk\'s specially developed digital recording system SLH, (and no... it\'s NOT a mechanlical device!), from three different perspectives.
One close, with mikes over the strings, one stereopair about 5 feet from the piano, and one stereo pair around 10 feet from the piano.
Mikes used where Milab DC-96B for the close mid and top, MG UM70 for the close bottom, a pair of Neuman KM84 for mid ramged stereopair, and a pair of Rode NT5 for the distant stereo pair.
Millenia preamps where used.
The piano was recorded 16 velocities pedal up, 16 pedal down, and get this: 16 matching releasesamples! Boy, am I glad that GST3 is on it\'s way!
As in the case of the White Grand, the whole notes where recorded. Why not the halfnotes?
Well, the files and instrument would be to big, and in my opinion, I rather have 48 samples/note then less velocities and all the notes as I think this adds most value.
The piano itself where served by a certified Steinway tech just prior to the recording and was tuned and checked several time during the recording.
This Steinway is, what a concert pianist, describes as a soloists instrument. It\'s rather bright and can therefore be heard over an orchestra and are therefore very poulare among concert pianists.
I really, really think that this is going to be something special....