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Chroma - Upright Piano

A truly special piano
Chroma - Upright Piano - A truly special piano
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CHROMA - UPRIGHT PIANO stands out, not just because of its rich history and impeccable restoration, but because of its unique character and emotional depth that set it apart.

The journey began a few years ago in a small studio, where our team initially focused on recording a grand piano. However, an unassuming upright piano in the same studio captured our attention. Though we were committed to recording the grand, the upright's distinct sound and emotional resonance left a lasting impression. We just had to record it and share it with the world!

The CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO isn’t just another virtual instrument; it’s a culmination of passion, serendipity, and meticulous craftsmanship.

  • Warm, mid-focused tonal character with rich low-end
  • Multiple unique articulations including felt, muted, plucked, flageolet, and bowed
  • Recorded with a diverse array of microphones for a comprehensive sound
  • Unique core engine that both recreates the piano’s original sonority and also creates new and abstract soundscapes
  • 27 velocity layers for nuanced and dynamic playability
  • 91 presets designed to inspire and enhance creativity

    What makes CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO truly special? It’s a century-old gem from the small, renowned piano house, lovingly restored with new strings, felts, and mechanics. This meticulous restoration ensured it not only maintained its tune exceptionally well but also preserved its authentic, vintage character. However, we haven’t stopped there, we’ve spent hours melding our coding expertise with this acoustic gem to bring you a classic piano with a ton of modern features.

    Better or different? You decide when comparing it to other upright piano libraries, here’s 5 reasons the CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO offers compelling advantages:

    Unlike other virtual upright pianos, this instrument exudes a raw, organic quality. The soundboard’s resonance adds a layer of emotion, making it perfect for intimate and expressive music.

    This upright piano isn’t limited to one genre. It transitions effortlessly from delicate, introspective pieces to dynamic cinematic scores and contemporary rock and pop mixes. Its ability to blend seamlessly into various styles sets it apart.

    The upright piano has been meticulously restored by a professional, ensuring that it retains its original charm while offering modern playability. This level of detail in restoration and sampling is unmatched, providing a genuine and immersive playing experience. Offering all the advantages of owning an instrument like this without many of the downsides.

    The upright’s sound profile is distinctly different from a grand piano. In order to capture the mojo and character of this upright we’ve sampled 27 dynamic layers to ensure all the most authentic reproduction of this very special piano.

    In a mix, grand pianos can sometimes dominate, requiring extensive EQ adjustments. In contrast, the CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO sits naturally in a mix, enhancing the overall sound without overpowering it. Its ability to blend quickly into various mixes makes it an invaluable tool for producers.

    CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO offers musicians and producers an authentic, versatile, and emotionally rich tool that stands out in a crowded market. It’s also the ideal companion to the CHROMA – GRAND PIANO, offering a different sound to include in your musical productions.

    Whether you’re creating heartfelt, intimate music, pop or rock hits, or powerful cinematic scores, this upright piano will bring unparalleled character and mojo to your compositions.

    We went beyond the ordinary, recording a range of articulations that push CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO beyond the traditional piano. From the soft, ethereal quality of felt notes to the resonant, harmonic richness of flageolets, and even the visceral, hands-on experience of plucked strings and bowed tones, this library provides an expansive toolkit for the adventurous composer.

    Add mechanical detail and control sounds like Note On, Note Off and Pedal for an even more realistic feel.

  • KEYS
  • FELT
  • E-BOW

    Intuitive and natural

    From the interface through to the sound, CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO feels natural and easy to access.

    Our detailed recording process involved a plethora of microphones positioned to capture every nuance. With positions like FRONT, ABOVE, BELOW, and the unique RUMBLE, we’ve created a soundscape that’s rich and full-bodied. The close Coles 4038s, spaced Neumann km140s, and other mic pairs ensure that every subtlety of the upright piano’s character is faithfully preserved and ready for your creative touch.

    The CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO is a testament to the enduring sound of this Wilhelm Diemer upright piano, enhanced for the modern composer. With an engine that allows for detailed customization, including a pitch control and advanced mic mixing, you have the power to shape this vintage instrument’s voice to perfectly match your project’s needs.

    Wilhelm Diemer was a small piano workshop in Würzburg, Germany, known for their exceptional quality and distinct sound. This particular 100-year-old upright piano, lovingly restored and deeply sampled, brings its historical richness and refined acoustic properties into the digital realm, offering you a timeless musical companion.

    Native Kontrol Standard Ready - Works With the Free Kontakt Player
  • Product Details:

  • Works with the FREE KONTAKT PLAYER
  • KONTAKT Version 7.10.4 or higher
  • macOS 10.15 or higher
  • Windows 10 or higher
  • 8GB RAM (more recommended)
  • At least 17 GB of free hard disk space. SSD hard disk recommended.
  • Be advised that some presets of CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO need a fast CPU to run smoothly and require an Intel i7 processor or higher.

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