Bright Pianos

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by jeremiahpena, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. Does anyone know of any piano libraries that have the highest dynamics get as bright as this track?

    I've tried EQing numerous piano libraries, but it's not enough. The actual dynamic level of the samples aren't high enough. I've been able to get that sound with a number of real pianos, simply by playing very loud. There's also a beautiful metallic shimmering effect that happens with repeated notes with the sustain pedal down, and that's something that seems difficult to sample. Are there any libraries that have tried it?
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  2. maxime77

    maxime77 Active Member

    Jul 19, 2015
    Perhaps you should look at CinePiano with their fff layer.
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  3. Ermac

    Ermac New Member

    Aug 7, 2018
    I also love very very bright pianos and imho the two best options are VI Labs Ravenscroft (close mic) and VI Labs Italian Grand.

    Why those ? Because they already sound very bright, perfectly fine, and because if you try to boost the high frequencies, they will still sound very clean without any ringing frequencies.

    Model 7 from Chocolate Audio is also very bright. Listen to the "bright hit" demo. But I think the high frequencies sound more agressive, less clean than the VI Labs pianos.
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  4. OP

    jeremiahpena Member

    Just watched the walkthrough (I checked it out when it first released but wasn't looking for more pianos at the time), and it sounds quite promising. It's a bit of shame none of the demos on the product page show off that dynamic layer.
  5. Batrawi

    Batrawi Active Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Sorry I have to pause your thread for a moment and intensively applause to this brilliant guy/composition (I mean jesus he's manually arpeggiating the hell out of this piano) !! Respect....continue:)
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  6. Maxfabian

    Maxfabian Active Member

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  7. OP

    jeremiahpena Member

    That's what prompted me to ask, when I saw Nils Frahm was involved I remembered I had been looking for a piano that can get violently loud for a few months. If it can do that, it doesn't show in any of the demo material unfortunately.

    The closest I have is Wavesfactory Mercury, which goes a step above my other pianos (like NI's pianos, or Light&Sound Concert Grand), but still not close to the video example.
  8. keepitsimple

    keepitsimple Active Member

    May 8, 2017
    You need a piano with enough sampled >f velocity layers and one that has the "tone" knob.

    Two pianos i can think of right now that have that "tone" knob which basically shifts the samples so you can only play the ff samples even at low velocities: The Grandeur and The Ravenscroft.

    The new "Noire" by Native Instruments probably has that too. Will report back after my download is finished:)
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  9. Lee Blaske

    Lee Blaske Senior Member

    I think a piano like NI's "The Giant" would do this well. You're hearing a lot of processing (or natural acoustics) on that sound, though. Definitely, there's a very strong short slap, and a lot of reverb. Maybe some compression would help. It's not all fff samples. Also, an Aphex Exciter type plug-in would be something to try, first in your chain. The hardware unit of that was Elton John's secret, back in the day.
  10. OP

    jeremiahpena Member

    It may not be so much the actual intensity of the dynamics (The Giant with some EQ and compression is as punchy as the piano in the video on the individual high octaves, and other pianos get quite loud and bright), but rather the repeated note effect, where the hammer hits an already excited string and creates a metallic buzzing. It's present at 12:14 as well, despite being much softer (mainly on that Bb2). I think it would need to be explicitly sampled.
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  11. Nick Batzdorf

    Nick Batzdorf Moderator

    Sep 14, 2004
    Los Angeles
    ^ What Lee says. I was going to post the same thing: exciter, Elton John's sound.

    If you need to EQ it, use a linear phase one if possible.
  12. OP

    jeremiahpena Member

    Thanks everyone! Putting an exciter on the piano pretty much does it for the brightness. :)

    The repeated note thing doesn't sound right, but looking for that in a sample library is probably a lost cause.
  13. NYC Composer

    NYC Composer Senior Member

    Jul 24, 2008
    Careful with the amount of Exciter you use, especially as you get (ahem) older ::: cough:::
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  14. CGR

    CGR Pianist/Composer/Arranger

    Jan 14, 2016
    Another sampled piano to consider: Sampletekk's White Grand Mk2. It's an old large Swedish Malmsjo Concert Grand Piano and really cuts on those higher velocities. Sometimes layering another instrument like Taleweaver's Ancient Woodhammer piano with a grand piano will give you some of that metallic bite I can hear in the Nils clip above (attached is some similar playing I tried with that combination - nearly broke my keyboard in the process!) but trying to recreate that chaotic sound of metal, felt & soundboard resonance in the virtual world is a tough ask.


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  15. poetd

    poetd Active Member

    Sep 9, 2018
    Pianoteq? Can really ramp up the resonance which gives that nice ringing sound with the sustain open, and the modelling means plenty of velocity layers.
    There is a demo so maybe worth a try?
  16. NYC Composer

    NYC Composer Senior Member

    Jul 24, 2008
    I can feel the shifting of the tides. Enough of those dusty, muted “cinematic” pianos-the new trend will be pianos so bright they make your fillings hurt.
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  17. Eric

    Eric Member

    Jan 16, 2013
    Showed up to a recording session a few years ago, and the producer asked for a bright piano on a 50’s/60’s rock style song. I pulled up the Ravenscroft 1st, was told it wasn’t bright enough. We finally settled on the Acoustic Samples Kawai, he seemed happy with that one (after he pumped 5 dB or so into 6k)
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  18. CGR

    CGR Pianist/Composer/Arranger

    Jan 14, 2016
    That Acoustic Samples Kawai EX Pro really bites!
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  19. Ryan

    Ryan Senior Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    My own custom piano library ! ;)
  20. CGR

    CGR Pianist/Composer/Arranger

    Jan 14, 2016
    So . . . let's hear something!
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