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Attack EP88

Tacked Electric Piano
Attack EP88 - Tacked Electric Piano
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Attack EP88 is the world's first tacked electric piano library and possibly the most comprehensive electric piano library of any kind. Built on a foundation of over 47,000 samples, Attack EP88 is an incredibly rich sounding and deeply customizable instrument, providing numerous discrete signal paths including DI, tube, contact mic, mono mic and stereo pair, unique envelopes and effects for both the electric and acoustic signals, and discrete voicing and tuning controls for all 88 keys. The only library of its kind, Attack EP88 delivers an entirely new take on the much-loved electric piano sound, in the most user-friendly and comprehensive way we could imagine.

Tack Piano

A 'tack' piano is a form of prepared piano most commonly seen on acoustic uprights where, as in this example, each of the hammers has had a brass tack or metal device installed on or between the mallets and the resonators. The sound is most definitely still piano but the initial attack phase is accentuated, it's more present, with a resonant metallic brilliance.

As it turns out this preparation is quite exceptional on electric piano. The tonal character is almost bell-like in quality, giving a completely new perspective and life to the classic electric piano sound.


Attack EP88 begins with a perfectly restored 88-key Rhodes Mark I prepared with a brass tack on the striking surface of each hammer. The goal of the project was to essentially deliver an entire virtual studio built around this instrument, allowing users to customize and explore it when and how they want. Doing this properly requires a number of sound sources and quite extensive recordings of each. Throughout, the utmost attention to quality and detail was made for everything from equipment selection to final editing, from UI and preset design to assembly.

For the acoustic signals we employed a stereo pair of Bruel and Kjaer mics, a Neumann U67 in the mono position and per-key recordings with a contact mic attached directly to the tine. For each note 8 velocities and up to 5 round-robins were recorded per-source, along with 5 round-robins for both the sustain and release samples. This was done 3 times for the electric sources, once for each of the 3 included voicings (where the tack position is shifted on the hammer, resulting in changes of color from deep to thin). Additional recordings were made to capture the pedal-up and pedal-down sounds, this was done for the mono, stereo, contact and DI signals with 7 round-robins for each. The result of this process was a working base of over 47,000 samples, a truly massive library that beautifully captured even the most subtle nuances of the piano.


The next task was to distill this enormous sample complexity into a focused and easy-to-use instrument. Attack EP88's audio sources are routed internally via three busses, one for the contact mic, one for mono and stereo mics, and one for the DI and tube channels. Each bus is equipped with a number of useful mixing tools including envelopes and effects, making it easy to dial in particular sounds or explore new ones. The user interface was carefully designed to make editing these signals as simple as possible, with acoustic sources at the top of the UI and electric at the bottom. The acoustic busses are equipped with a 3-band EQ, Dual Delay and Sparkverb, and the electric bus with distortion, the 8-voice Thorus, phaser, Dual Delay and Sparkverb.

Full control of these busses is made across 3 pages, Main, FX and Settings. A fourth and final page provides per-note control of voicing (each of which represents an entirely unique sample set per-source) and per-note control of tuning. Attack EP88 comes with 70 expertly designed presets which quickly display its fantastic detail and extraordinary sonic breadth. These can be used either as ready-to-play configurations or launchpads for near-endless exploration.

Unlike Any Other

Attack EP88 is an easy-to-use yet brilliantly deep instrument, one most people aren't likely to quickly exhaust. Providing everything from basic DI setups to rich and elaborate multi-channel configurations with custom envelopes and effects, Attack EP88 provides an extreme versatility, musical quality and immediacy that make it both a joy and inspiration to use.



- 88-key Rhodes Mark 1 prepared with brass tacks

- 5 discrete and fully mixable signals (DI, tube, contact, mono and stereo pair)

- Internal signal routed via 3 busses (contact, mono and stereo, and DI and tube)

- Independent envelopes and effects per-bus (including Thorus, Dual Delay and Sparkverb)

- 8 velocity layers and up to 5 round-robins per-mic, per-note

- Pedal-up, pedal-down and key noise recordings (7 round-robins each)

- Contact mic recordings made per tine

- Per-note voicing control (3 tack positions recorded, per-signal, per-note)

- Per-note tuning control

- Intuitive and easy-to-use interface

- 70 presets

- 47,000+ sample library, losslessly streamed for speed and efficiency

- Flexible licensing supports 3 concurrent authorizations
Size: 9.91 GB (FLAC lossless encoding, was 38 GB in WAV)
Content: 47,280 Samples, 71 Presets
Sample Resolution: 44.1 kHz, recording at 88.2 kHz
License: 3 activations per license on any combination of computer hard drive or iLok dongle

Runs in UVI Workstation version 2.6.4+, and Falcon version 1.1.1+
iLok account (free, dongle not required)
Internet connection for the license activation
Supported Operating Systems:
- Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (32 and 64-bit)
- Windows 7 or higher (32 and 64-bit)
10 GB of disk space
Hard Drive: 7,200 rpm recommended or Solid State Drive (SSD)
4 GB RAM (8 GB+ highly recommended for large UVI Soundbanks)

Download Sizes

Version Compressed Download Size
Plug-in/UVI Download includes
  Product Download and Registration:  Website
  UVI Workstation User Guide:  2 MB
  UVI Workstation for Mac OS X:  306 MB
  UVI Workstation for Windows:  302 MB
  UVI Workstation for Windows (x64):  279 MB

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License Agreement

The Following End User License Agreement is included with Attack EP88. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of Attack EP88 from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.


This copy of the Sounds & Software (the Product) are licensed to you as the end user. Please read this Agreement carefully.

You cannot transfer ownership of these Sounds and Software they contain. You cannot re-sell or copy the Product.


1. License Grant. UVI, brand (UVI) grants to you, subject to the following terms and conditions, a non-exclusive, nontransferable right to use each authorized copy of the enclosed Product.

The enclosed product is the property of UVI and is licensed to you only for use as part of a musical performance, live or recorded. This license expressly forbids resale or other distribution of the sounds and software included in the Product or their derivatives, either as they exist on disc, reformatted for use in another digital sampler, or mixed, combined, filtered, resynthesized or otherwise edited, for use as sounds, multisounds, samples, multisamples, wavetables, programs or patches in a sampler, microchip or any hardware or software sample playback device. You cannot sell the Product content or give it away for use by others in their sampling or sample playback devices. In the event UVI terminates this Agreement due to your breach, you agree to return the original and all other copies of the software and documentation to UVI. UVI reserves all rights not expressly granted to you.

2. Protection of Software. You agree to take all reasonable steps to protect this product and any accom- panying documentation from unauthorized copying or use. You agree not to modify the enclosed product to circumvent any method or means adopted or implemented by UVI to protect against or iscourage the unlicensed use of copying of the enclosed Product.

3. Ownership. As between you and UVI, ownership of, and title to, the enclosed digitally recorded sounds (including any copies) will be held by UVI. Copies are pro- vided to you only to enable you to exercise your rights under the license. Only this license is purchased by you.

4. Term. This Agreement is effective from the date you open this package, and will remain in full force until termination. This Agreement will terminate if you break any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement. Upon termination you agree to destroy and return to UVI all copies of this product and accompanying documentation.

5. Restrictions. Except as expressly authorized in this Agreement, you may not rent, sell, lease, sublicense, distribute, transfer, copy, reproduce, display, modify or time share the enclosed product or documentation. THE SOUNDS IN THIS INSTRUMENT ARE GUARANTEED TO BE 100% COPYRIGHT CLEAN ©

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