Orchestral Grand Piano

Contextual Hall Piano

At last a contextual piano that actually sounds like it's in the same room as your orchestra. Recorded in the Hall at Air Studios, this piano is designed to sit in with our entire orchestral range.

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Overview

SPITFIRE PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE SYSTEM RESOURCE LIGHT ORCHESTRAL GRAND PIANO

Sick of not being able to truly mix your deep-sampled CPU hungry piano into complex orchestral works? Tired of it adding too much demand to your already taxed system? Needing a great concerto style, lead instrument that is also happy to just sit there as a texture, as if part of the percussion section?

Spitfire have created an incredibly lean yet truly realistic grand piano that gives you the real sound of the piano recording in its contextual setting among the orchestra. You simply cannot get this sound by taking a close mic'd piano and adding reverb.

Background

Spitfire’s Definitive Range aims to offer the world a one-stop shop for classic and esoteric instruments played by the greats. As all these instruments are recorded in situ, in the same room, they’re designed to lock together sonically whether it be some timpani from the percussion range coupled with your Sable libraries. Or indeed a more curious band made up of the Hg20, a plucked piano and a harp, it is designed to sound like they’re together in the same room.

We provide a series of detailed mixing options that allow you to dry the sound up or make it more ambient, whilst preserving the acoustic integrity and perspective of a consistent microphone set up and room configuration. The instruments are all sampled in great detail but designed to play easily out-of-the-box, with simple integration into larger arrangements and templates without risk of demanding too much from your system resources.

Recorded by Jake Jackson at Lyndhurst Hall – Air Studios, on one of the finest scoring stages in the world, through an array of vintage microphones via Neve “Montserrat” pre-amps, to a beautifully serviced Studer 2” tape machine and then into digital at 96k via Prism AD converters: this is an unparalleled signal chain.

Features

Orchestral Grand Piano is a very realistic “contextual” piano designed specifically to fit proudly within your full orchestral arrangements. Having recorded it in one of the greatest studios in the world we’re confident it will fit in with any palette. But if you’re an existing Spitfire user, this VI will seamlessly integrate with your collection.

Pianos tend to be recorded in a very scientific manner which is why, for larger orchestral mockups and realisations, they can often be very difficult to blend in and mix. You will have no such problems here. We simply recorded the piano as we have the rest of our modules. In situ, a real-world setting with mics placed as they would be for any orchestral session. The end result a piano sounding as it would, where it would be and recorded as it would be for any of the great film scores to have been recorded in Air Studios' Lyndhurst Hall.

The library is presented with four microphone positions which you can not only mix and blend to fit the application you’re working on, but also automate for dramatic shifts in focus and depth. They're also fully output assignable for surround and 5.1 use. The definitive range is designed to fit in with Spitfire's entire orchestral canon, including Albion, BML and some of the Signature Range as if they're performing in the same room at the same time.

The library was recorded both to Tape and Digital at the same time, so you have the option to switch between the rounder, fuller tone of the Tape source, or the slightly brighter, more brittle sound of the Digital source.

GUIs

The Overview Panel

Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.

General Controls Panel

A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.

The Ostinatum

Quite simply a little inspiration machine. Not quite an arpeggiator, not quite a sequencer. This intuitive device allows you to build up complex patterns that react to your playing to achieve wild systems results tantalising Zimmeresque tension beds or cheeky multi-tonguing effects!

Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

Instruments:

  • Spitfire Orchestral Grand

Spitfire Orchestral Grand (The COG Punch)

Mics & Mixes

Source control

  • Tape
  • Digital

Microphones

  • Close
  • Tree
  • Ambient
  • Outrigger