Acoustic Jazz Piano Software Directory
Bluthner Digital Model One
Sample guru Dan Dean (Dan Dean Productions) and audio architect Ernest Cholakis from Numerical Sound have joined forces in creating the new "Bluthner Digital Model One" Grand Piano release in Native Instruments Kontakt 2 Player format today.
Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Multiple Layers and Multiple Timbres, Recorded "dry". Extremely Wide Timbral Range. All the very low level detail of the piano has been captured with noise free pppp, ppp and pp samples Convolution.
The BDMO comes loaded with 3 types of custom designed Convolution: Timbral, Reverb and Sustain. Timbral Impulse Groups. With the push of a button, you can instantly transform the BDMO's sound into one of over 260 discretely different pianos from seven TI. Linear db Keyboard Velocity & True Piano Dynamics, Variable Sustain Pedal Ready, Keyboard Scaling of the Dynamic Range, Variable Tuning at a per chord rate !
Compact and Portable
Concentrated enough to use on your laptop. Unlike many of the "mega-pianos" the BDMO was designed with size in mind. Concentrated and ultra-powerful, the Blüthner Digital Model One will run on a laptop and even with 12 layers pedal up and down (24+ stereo samples per note) and advanced convolution.
Testimonials from great jazz pianists!
"I had the chance to install the piano and I must say that though I didn't spend but an hour playing around with it, I really believe you have something special here!" George Duke - Grammy winning Keyboardist/Producer/Composer - Frank Zappa, Cannonball Adderly, Stanley Clarke, Jeffrey Osborne, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, The Pointer Sisters, Al Jarreau. Soul Train.
"The Blüthner piano is the most dynamically responsive sampled piano I've encountered. The detailed sampling at the lowest velocities allow a level of expression that makes it uniquely satisfying to play." - Russell Ferrante - Yellowjackets Grammy winning Keyboardist/Producer/Arranger - Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, Robben Ford, GRP Big Band, Lee Ritenour, Brenda Russell, Joni Mitchell.
"I have experimented with many piano plugins over the years. After experimenting with the Blüthner, I quickly realized the piano has depth unlike any other used to date! Finally a piano that sounds great on its own for solo stuff, great for vocal and piano songs, great for jazz, and great for commercial music of all styles! Clearly a plugin that can be used by all!" Jay Graydon - Grammy winning Producer/Songwriter/Guitarist - David Foster, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Cher, Cheap Trick, Hall and Oates.
"The Blüthner piano has realism and playability that surpasses all the other wannabees. I’m happy." Don Grusin - Grammy winning pianist/keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger, and songwriter - Friendship, Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, Oscar Castro-Neves, Dave Grusin, Ernie Watts.
"Having once owned a 7 ft. Bluthner Grand made me a genuine lover of the incredible tonal beauty from this manufacturer of pianos! So when I first heard the demos for the Bluthner Digital Model One I was totally blown away by the tone and overall realism! Once I installed the software on my computer I quickly realized that I now was the owner of not just one but countless Bluthner Grand's (because of the variety and versatility of choices/settings provided with the software plug-in) Simply amazing!"- David Arivett - Pianist/Composer/Producer/Arranger
"I’ve been an arranger/composer for quite a long time. But, for even a longer period I am a music lover and the sound of an orchestra is something that immediately fires my heart and inspires me to keep on striving to write and create, hopefully, meaningful pieces.
"I’ve been using Dan Dean's wonderful library of instruments for quite a while. But nothing compares what he and Ernest Cholakis have done with the Dan Dean Solo Strings Advanced and the Blüthner Digital Model One Grand Piano.
"The warmth, the clarity and the realistic response of the instruments instantly draw your attention to the music, because the listening experience is one of listening to live, real instruments.
"When I am orchestrating I reach first for their libraries. And, most likely not even look for anything else. The beauty is already there. Thanks Dan and Ernest" Oscar Castro-Neves - Guitarist/Orchestrator/Composer - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Yo-Yo Ma, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, numerous films and TV programs.
"Rather than sample yet another Steinway or Böesendorfer piano, Ernest and Dan have instead opted for a Blüthner Model One, and the Digital Model One is actually an officially licensed product of the Blüthner company. Although the Blüthner name is perhaps not so well known as Steinway or Böesendorfer these days, the company was founded in Leipzig, Germany in 1853 (the same year that Steinway & Sons was founded in New York) and its pianos have a attracted a long list of high-profile admirers, including Arthur Rubinstein, The Beatles, Rachmaninov, and Queen Victoria". - Mark Wherry Sound On Sound Nov. 2007.
"A legendary old-world piano that was a favorite of composers such as Brahms, Bartok, Debussy, Liszt, and McCartney, the instrument sans room ambience, sans reverb, sans everything but what you’d hear if you stuck your head under the lid." - Richard Leiter Keyboard Magazine Nov. 2007.
"The thing that most sets this piano apart from the competition is its heavy reliance on Kontakt 2's convolution engine. In addition to room ambience and reverb, convolution is used to enhance sustain resonance and, most importantly, to change the timbre of the piano completely. A complete second set of instruments is included for use with a variable sustain pedal. A variable sustain pedal sends different values with increased pressure rather than simply acting as an on/off switch. It's a much more realistic piano-damper-pedal implementation." - Len Sasso Electronic Musician November 2007
Garritan Steinway Virtual Concert Grand
Here are just a few samples from the Garritan Authorized Steinway!
Garritan has announced that the Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano - Professional Edition, a software instrument developed in collaboration with Steinway & Sons, maker of some of the world's finest pianos, has started shipping and is available now.
The musical world has long acknowledged the Steinway piano as the benchmark for excellence in engineering and craftsmanship, and Steinway & Sons has recognized the need for a virtual Steinway piano that would come as close as technologically possible to the beauty and complexity of this legendary sound. Steinway & Sons was directly involved in the development of this virtual piano and chose Garritan to accomplish the extraordinary technical and artistic challenge in setting a new standard: a virtual concert grand piano with the unmistakable vibrancy and tone of a true Steinway Model D Concert Grand piano.
At the heart of the Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano sample library is the warmth and distinctive sound of the renowned Steinway Model D – overwhelmingly the "piano of choice" for the world's greatest performers. The Steinway concert grand piano chosen for this sample set is among Steinway's finest Model D's – newly voiced, regulated, and meticulously tuned by a master Steinway technician. The piano was hand-picked by Steinway & Sons and delivered for recording to one of the finest venues in the world, The Troy Music Hall.
The Professional version offers the most features of the superb Authorized Steinway Virtual Piano series and is ideal for professional studio and live use. It offers five different listening perspectives, including a player perspective from the bench, a classical recording perspective, an under-the-lid perspective, a stage perspective and a close audience perspective. The Standard version, which was recently released, offers two perspectives and a Basic version for students will be available soon.
Meeting Steinway's demanding standards in every aspect, the Garritan Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano uses unique technological innovations to provide "unequaled" realism -- flawless tuning, multiple listening perspectives, complete resonance modeling (both sustain resonance and sympathetic resonance), virtuosic pedaling (damper, una corda and sostenuto), soft pedal samples, multi-stage natural-sounding releases, adjustable-velocity actions, adjustable mechanical noises, historical tunings and Scala file import, MIDI playback and record in standalone, ambience reverb, 3 band EQ, proportional sustain pedaling, Graceful Copy Protection (no dongles or challenge response) and superb responsiveness and playability. This high-end user experience is rounded out with an aesthetically pleasing interface, with simple, user-friendly controls, and presented in beautifully elegant packaging.
"This was a very important project for Steinway & Sons," states Gary Green, Vice President Business Development and Customer Satisfaction. "We have long recognized the need for a Steinway sampled sound set that would best reflect the complex architectures of the Steinway sound. We also understand the importance of quality samples and their use by amateur music enthusiasts, as well as prominent producers, composers, recording studios and other venues. We were extremely fortunate to have Gary Garritan work with us on this technically and musically complex project. While both Steinway & Sons and Gary Garritan recognize that nothing can replace the actual Steinway piano, we are extremely delighted that there is now a sampling product that comes closest to capturing the distinctive Steinway sound that we are proud to endorse."
The Steinway concert grand piano chosen for the sample set is among Steinway's finest Model D's — newly voiced, regulated, and meticulously tuned by a master Steinway technician. Recording was done in one of the finest venues in the world, The Troy Music Hall.
The Authorized Steinway Virtual
Concert Grand piano accurately captures the distinctive sound of the hallmark
Steinway & Sons concert grand piano - with unprecedented authenticity and
Standard version offers the under lid and classic perspectives.
The Basic version, ideal for students, amateur musicians, and educators, is a light version that offers a single perspective. The Basic version will also be available in downloadable format.
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Pianoteq is a high-class virtual instrument using breakthrough technology, available for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/stand-alone):
Pianoteq is issued from an academic research and results in what we call the fourth piano generation. This is the very first, and only, piano available that belongs to this generation.
First generation: acoustic piano (1698)
Second generation: electro-acoustic piano (1929)
Third generation: sampled piano (1984)
Fourth generation: modelled piano (2006)
The first generation of pianos began with Cristofori's pianoforte in 1698 which came to maturity at the end of the 19th century with the acoustic grand pianos. It was followed in the 20th century by the second generation electro-acoustic pianos and the third generation sampled pianos where each note is a recording of how it sounded during a specific moment in time, not taking into account the complexity of the instrument.
Pianoteq is the first and only piano belonging to the fourth generation, developed in order to go beyond the limitations of the third generation and to become a versatile and innovating tool. It is in fact the first virtual piano factory — it can produce new brands as well as copies of historical instruments.
Pianoteq is available for Windows XP/Vista and MacOS X 10.3.9 and up (Universal Binary).
"PIANOTEQ, in my opinion, stands head and shoulders above most of the other piano imitations. It was obviously created by people who really understand the amazing acoustic properties of pianos, including all of the important peripheral sounds (pedals, hammers, string resonances, etc..) that form the highly complex and beautiful sonorities that a piano can produce. Carefully crafted and clear and concise in its presentation, PIANOTEQ is a joy to use." - Miles Black Pianist/Producer
"It's hard to believe that such an impressive piano sound can come from a 15 MB software plug-in. It sounds far more vivid and realistic than the sample libraries I've tried. As a composer the next thing I did was of course to push the controls far beyond the natural limits. Very creative and wonderful for sound design! PIANOTEQ won't leave my computers hard disk anymore." - Michel van der Aa Composer
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Big Fish Audio Black & White Grand
"It comes as no surprise to discover that Black Grand sounds and plays like a dream. - Computer Music
"...the consistency up and down the keyboard was excellent... I prefer Black Grand to several high-end piano libraries costing twice the price." - Electronic Musician
"The programming is excellent... a smooth ride in a sleek black machine!." - Sound On Sound Magazine.
Big Fish White Grand II
"...Sampletekk has reproduced the tonal nuances of this Malmsjo grand to an unprecedented and impressive degree" - Sound On Sound
A Malmsjo piano was
recorded using AKG, Rode and Neumann microphones. There are a total of
32 samples per note. That's 16 pedal up, 16 pedal down, and 4 release
Band In A Box
These popular programs feature the piano styles of today in over 250 "live-to-MIDI" performances by top contemporary pianists. Each title is packed with powerful tools for fun and learning, including song memos, biographies and an on-screen piano display.
"This product screams, howls, wails, pleads, begs and devastates."
- Chris d'Hyugyiels, Pianist Series Fan
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Let Dick Hyman take you on a thrilling
musical journey to 52nd St, the Cotton Club, Carnegie Hall, Chicago, Kansas
City, a Ragtime Saloon, New Orleans' Storyville and other legendary jazz
night spots! Years in the making, this outstanding CD-ROM is a complete and
informative history of jazz piano, led by the masterful Dick Hyman, a
virtuoso unparalleled in his versatility. Recorded by Hyman himself on a
Disklavier in his Florida studio are 103 historically important songs that
highlight the diverse styles of 60 of the most influential pianists of the
last 100 years, such as Count Basie, Bix Beiderbecke, Eubie Blake, Dave
Brubeck, Nat Cole, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell,
Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner, Fats Waller, and dozens more! This terrific
reference tool includes extensive commentary and recollections by Hyman and
some of the artists to whom he pays tribute, biographies, and extensive
discographies of the original recordings recreated here. The Pro version
includes two disks and features over 90 minutes of instructional video, with
nine complete lessons, printable scores, a MIDI studio with all of the
qualities of a virtual player piano, and more! A complete multimeida
interactive history of jazz piano on CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh.
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Jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson brings an exciting new level of artistry to the Multimedia experience in this signature CD-ROM. This rich treasury integrates interactive audio/visual performances with on-screen piano display and notation. You can see and study exactly what the master is playing! Join Oscar for a musical journey through his life and career. There's also a comprehensive Multimedia autobiography loaded with audio and video clips PLUS exclusive photographs from Oscar Peterson's private collection.
With this powerful and innovative new Multimedia engine, you can view and study every nuance of Oscar Peterson's virtuosity. For the first time it is possible to experience audio performances perfectly synchronized to the real-time display of transcribed notation and an on-screen virtual keyboard. Use the full range of playback features to slow the tempo, step through the piece note by note, loop or transpose to your favourite key.
The CD-ROM includes 14 audio/video performances by Oscar Peterson. Hear Oscar perform some of his greatest recorded works including The Smudge, Hogtown Blues, Chicago Blues, Place St-Henri, Nightingale, Hymn To Freedom, Night Time and Blues For Big Scotia. You'll see every note of Oscar's performance in notation and played in real-time on the virtual piano keyboard.
Watch fabulous full-length video performances of Place St-Henri, City Lights, Slow Blues (with Count Basie), The Theme, Bach's Blues and Love Ballade.
The Jazz Piano Master Class is a fully featured instructional music program containing interactive piano lessons. Master jazz pianist Miles Black is your teacher in a software program designed to illustrate basic skills to the beginning pianist while enhancing the skills of more advanced pianists.
You'll be studying over 60 topics such as Roots and Shells, Block Chords, Stride Piano, Playing the Blues, Scales, Common Progressions, Improvisation and more. All the lessons are accompanied by practice exercises, backing tracks, and are further illustrated with 11 tunes included in the program.
Feature Rich Multimedia
We've digitally recorded over 5 hours of verbal instruction, nearly 100 exercises, backing tracks, 11 study tunes, plus a practice tip for each exercise, all linked to powerful multimedia features, allowing you to see and hear note-for-note exactly what Miles Black is teaching. With the Jazz Piano Master Class, you can study the lessons, hear the music, practice and play along with a top musician.
Learn the Skills
Develop pro skills by studying the extensive piano exercises. Each exercise is accompanied by an 'exercise coach', containing tips on practicing, hand positions, tempos and more. Advanced multimedia features directly link each lesson to a suitable exercise. Loop, Pause, Advance and Backup controls make learning and practicing easy. With the Jazz Piano Master Class you don't just hear how it's played, you see how it's played!
Learning piano has never been easier!
Versatile Multimedia Features:
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