Soundiron Montclarion Hall Grand Piano version 2.0! On Sale for $39

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  1. Soundiron Team

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    CLASSIC STEINWAY PIANO
    WITH MODERN SOUND DESIGN TOOLS


    On sale now for $39 until Friday, October 26th

    Announcing The Montclarion Hall Grand Piano version 2.0! We've taken this Soundiron hallmark and given it a complete overhaul with a new look, deeper control features and outstanding new presets. Going beyond an ordinary grand piano library, it comes packed with unique percussive effects, glisses and prepared piano articulations, 3 mic distances, compelling sound design and lush atmospheric content.

    It has a crisp, solid tone for classical composing, yet works equally well for soul, jazz, rock and pop. The extended effects section includes percussive pounds, slams, string scrapes, steel guitar slides, mallet and pick glisses, sweeps, plucks and more. Whether you need it bold and in your face or gentle and distant, Montclarion can be your go-to for writing intimate ballads or scoring your next horror film.



    We recorded in wide stereo from three distances. The close microphone pair is ideal for more intimate scoring. The mid microphone is great for a larger acoustic live feel and the far microphone has an incredibly dreamy texture to it. We also included a selection of live sfx ambiences, abstract atmospheres and evolving soundscapes that can accompany the piano in real-time, just to provide a bit of added inspiration.

    We recorded sustains and release samples, as well as pedal sfx, bench, lid and sheet music sounds. Then we popped the hood and went to work, capturing a selection of sweeps, scrapes, glisses, rumbles and other effects. Then we prepared the piano for a little special treatment, capturing 3 buzzy, resonant and raw tuned string percussion sets. Finally, we decided to do a little bare-handed 3-man ensemble percussion at the piano's expense.


     
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  3. mikeybabes

    mikeybabes Only the good die young....

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    Just upgraded, but I'm going to have to look at the the velocity curve for my Nord Stage 2EX as it doesn't feel right when playing. Only had a short time with it though, and I too really like the tone.
     
  4. nathantboler

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    I like to adjust the velocity range limiter in the GUI to 30 - 110. But it definitely depends on what genre you're playing.
     
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  5. c t

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    How do you upgrade to 2.0 if you already own it? Or is it a paid upgrade only?

    thanks,
     
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  7. nathantboler

    nathantboler Senior Member

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    send us an email at support@soundiron.com -- existing owners can upgrade for $5.
     
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  9. elpedro

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    I got the upgrade today, first impression is that it is just the way I would have liked version 1 to have been. Soundiron’s scripting skills have improved so much over the years, it really shows in this (re) release! Well worth the 5 bucks for the upgrade. I will use it a lot more now. I really like the way SI is going as a developer. Great job, guys!
     
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  10. Nao Gam

    Nao Gam Dirty little gearslut

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    I'm not interested in the fx stuff and I actually prefer the old ui, is there any optimized scripting reason to upgrade?
     
  11. gamma-ut

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    I found similar issues with my master keyboard (Kurzweil PC3A) - I haven't found the right combination of MIDI response and dynamics yet for general purpose, though highly restricted settings do give those "cinematic fluffy piano" sounds very readily.

    At default, there is a massive jump in loudness about two-thirds up the velocity scale with a linear response in the master keyboard.
     
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  12. nathantboler

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    The two libraries (1.0 & 2.0) are very different, it's a bit hard to compare.. The script is different, as well as the mapping, settings, etc. There is also more control over tone, velocity, the list goes on. But if you don't like the FX or the GUI, the upgrade probably isn't a necessity for you.

    I would recommend taking a look at the new user manual and watching the walkthrough if you haven't gotten a chance to yet:

    Walkthrough:

    Manual: https://dist.soundiron.com/SND/Manuals/Soundiron - Montclarion Hall Piano - User Manual - v2.0.pdf
     
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  13. nathantboler

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    This library only has 4 velocity levels of samples, so its transitions are not as smooth as say, Emotional Piano.
    I like to limit the velocity range to 30-105 in the GUI, which suits my personal playing style more naturally.
    I find the pp velocity to be too soft and the FF to be too loud, so limiting helps, as well as mixing in the Mid microphone position. Your mileage may vary. :)
    You can also try using the Clear Recital Room or Super Dry presets in the FX folder.
     
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  14. HBen

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    One question, does it provide both 1.0 and 2.0 at the same time for first-time buyers?
     
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  15. nathantboler

    nathantboler Senior Member

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    it does not, we no longer carry version 1.
     
  16. gamma-ut

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    I quite like having the option of the FF there – I think it's time to invoke a MIDI velocity-mapping plugin that only activates that final level when the keys get mashed.

    With pp levels I was getting a certain amount of "Is this thing on?" - but with the piano limited to pp and the next level and the volume turned up, it has potential for certain things.
     
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  17. CraigPetersSI

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    That is great to hear and thank you!
     
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