PMI introduces a new technology in piano sampling: the HYBRID PIANO
Traditional piano sampling always starts with one piano and one or two microphone perspectives to record this piano. This -by definition- seriously limits sonic possibilities.
Using new technologies we re-invented the principle of piano sampling. The hybrid piano principle is simple: instead of recording one piano with a fixed microphone plot, we capture the different elements as separate building blocks. The body-less piano strings, the different piano bodies and the acoustic environment are each captured with very high precision. Using our hybrid recombination technique, we re-assemble these components to create a hybrid piano which gives us total control over the different aspects that form a piano sound.
The hybrid recombination technology we use is a complex mathematical calculation based on morphing, convolution and spectral recombination and is performed off-line. The resulting audio samples have higher definition and clarity, better dynamic response and a very distinctive character. Aspects such as piano body structure, typical piano brand sound impression and acoustic space are “rendered” on a note-by-note basis for a minimum of 20 dynamic nuances of each note. These 20 dynamic layers are further processed in real-time with a convolution engine effect to smoothen transients and harmonics. As a result of spectral recombination the sample can be looped at positions where the sonic fingerprint falls in repeating patterns. This results in sample sets that can be surprisingly small; below 1.5 GB for a 20 layer 24 bits piano! The acoustic space can also be added with a convolver at the end phase (upon playback) if desired.
The first piano sample sets that resulted from this technology demonstrate their amazing sonic possibilities.
These new pianos are an absolute joy to play; they respond much more like real acoustic instruments than any other samples. They give you the “feel” of a real instrument.
Example 1 is a hybrid piano, based on body-less strings with the spectral components of both Yamaha and Bosendorfer pianos. Listen to this 11 MB mp3 clip.
Example 2 is a hybrid combination of 2 Steinway piano bodies, with a beautiful dark soft side as well as more “bite” in the louder regions. Listen to this 11 MB mp3 clip
Example 3 is a hybrid “inflated” Bosendorfer concert piano in a small hall. Listen to this 11 MB mp3 clip.
Example 4 is performed on the same sample set as example 2 (Hybrid Piano #2) and nicely shows the dynamic range of this piano. Listen to this 35 MB MP3 demo.
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These piano sets will be released soon!