Embertone Releases: Walker 1955 Steinway 'D'

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  1. OleJoergensen

    OleJoergensen Senior Member

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    What is binaural recordings? A speciel setup of mics or speciel mics?
     
  2. blougui

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    Yes, may be you could. It'ld be interesting to have his answer on that matter.
     
  3. rrichard63

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    See this Wikipedia article. The most important point in this article is, "Binaural recording is intended for replay using headphones and will not translate properly over stereo speakers." So, great for game composers but less than great for most musicians and TV/movie composers.
     
  4. Fleer

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    Well said :thumbsup:
     
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  6. Virtuoso

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    Damn you all. :mad:

    I've been telling myself all week that I really don't need yet another piano library*. I even spent the evening playing through several of them and deciding that I definitely don't need another...










    ...It's downloading now! (and at a remarkable 212Mb/s!) :dancer:

    [​IMG]
    *I currently have all the Synthogy Ivory pianos, Vienna CFX, Garritan CFX, Ravenscroft 275, Spectrasonics Keyscape, all Pianoteq pianos, all Native Instruments pianos and last and most definitely least, Spitfire Hans Zimmer Piano.
     
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  7. slobajudge

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    Haha, I have them also, and you now what ? I delete them all (keep only Pianoteq) and play only this beast :) There are so many great mics combinations, I love Room plus Close the most. This piano just explode with combinations.
     
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  8. slobajudge

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    Ah, so fun if there is possibility to find what you are looking for. Fortunately this one have that option. I agree, close is thin but with combinations with room shines, at least for me. This is just beginning, will be probably change opinion about mics with time.
     
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  9. slobajudge

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    Room mics reminds me of old recordings from Horowitz. They are not so far. With close together there is more body still there is classical sound from it.
     
  10. muziksculp

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    Hehe.. I'm still resisting the temptation to buy this Piano, If I change my mind, I think the Standard version will be enough for my needs.

    Let's see how long I can resist adding this Grand. :)
     
  11. slobajudge

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    In the meantime while you resist we`ll be playing this piano. You can run but you can`t hide :)
     
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  12. OleJoergensen

    OleJoergensen Senior Member

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    Thank you for explaining.
     
  13. JPQ

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    Good. and i need orchestra base fixed. i looked your solo strings and trumpet and flutes maybe even. even i dont know when i can buy all what i want i try found solution where i can be happy.
     
  14. rrichard63

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    I left out one group of users: those who like to use headphones while listening to their own performances. They will believe they have died and gone to heaven.
     
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  15. StillLife

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    Purchased yesterday (with the binaural, close and hammer mics). Such beauty. Can't stop playing. Man...
    Just tried out some of Spitfire's free Epic Piano Pads under the default Una Corda....
    This has been one of my most satisfying library purchases, alongside The Canterbury Suitcase and Superior Drummer 3.
     
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  16. Funkybot

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    Has anyone gotten the multi-control to work with multiple microphone positions? I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong, or my expectations about what it does are off, but it doesn't seem to work over here. I posted this over on a different forum and had no luck but I'm hoping with a more active, and Kontakt-experienced user-base here, someone can help.

    Here's what I'm doing (experienced using Kontakt 5.7 and later 5.7.1):

    1. Load the "Blank Multi NKM"
    2. Make sure "Mulit Control On" is enabled
    3. Load the Close instrument
    4. Load the Hammer instrument
    5. Make sure both instruments are receiving from Omni and setup my outputs

    Result: I see a "Connected to Multi" message on the GUI of each instrument. So far so good. Now let's test it...

    6. Set the Close instrument to "Stacatto" and play some notes

    Result: The close instrument is "Stacatto" but the hammer instrument is still "normal." The settings aren't in sync visually and they're not in sync when it comes to the audio either (you can hear one stacatto piano with another normal). This is true of al settings. Change the number of layers on one, it's out of sync on the other. Remove the reverb on one, it's still at default on the other. Etc...

    Any idea what I'm doing wrong? It's a truly gorgeous sounding library IMO and I bought the full version (and glad I did) but I'd like to understand how to use it properly (and whether it's user error or a bug). I do wish Embertone created a PDF manual that explained this and more, as that seems pretty standard for any kind of commercial library. No complaints about the sound or playability though!
     
  17. Funkybot

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    Ok, that makes feel somewhat better, but it seems like it doesn't work at all, which is quite the bug. I'll await the update. Thanks!
     
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  18. Funkybot

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    I made some custom mutlis for the microphone positions I'd use the most regularly but it seems like it'd be very easy to run into phase issues with things not being entirely in sync (example round robins triggering different samples or adjusting the velocity curve on one instance and needing to make those exact adjustments on the other) so that approach doesn't seem like a satisfactory long-term workaround. If there's a better way to do things I'm all ears (mostly use Kontakt for playback so I'm not an expert). But as you pointed out, if the developer is aware and working on a fix, no need to beat a dead horse any further. Thanks again.
     
  19. Funkybot

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    Since purchasing, I've been playing around with combining microphones, and I'm happy with the results. I really like the sound of the Close position, but the Close + Hammers setting seems like it would work great in dense mixes (rock, indie, maybe even blues) with more emphasis on the hammers if things are really busy and a super close sound is needed. Close + Room gives a nice sense of space based on how loud you want the room. In a piano-ballad type situation, that may be a good go-to set. Then there's Close + Main is just a very nice sounding combo to my ear and would probably work well in a variety of genres.

    Depending on what I want to do mix-wise, I could see any of the above being used, though you're absolutely right in that Close and Main both sound very good by themselves. But so far, I feel like the Room and Wide positions benefit from the reinforcement of adding either Close or Main and blending (I'm not doing any classical, where either of those solo may be totally the right call). Binaural is probably something I'd only use if playing with headphones on.

    From a CPU/RAM performance perspective, in a blank project at least, two positions seems to work fairly well here even at 64 sample buffer (RME Fireface). I'm running off an SSD though (6kb preload buffer in Kontakt). Haven't tried 3 positions at once yet (haven't found a need), and totally suspect that would be overkill (from both a CPU and "is this necessary" perspective).
     
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  20. joeyf

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    Hi everyone, about to purchase this wonderful piano, can anyone tell me please, I have been listening to various demos and video walkthroughs, is there any tuning problems in the top end of the keyboard, or is it my ears? I don't wish to disperse any negativity, because as i said this is an unbelievable piano, just wanting to hear from others if it's something that could interfere in using this for a recording.
     

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