As composers, we’re always on that quest to find a “lead” string instrument that does the job of a piano, harp, or guitar without sounding like one, without having the stereotypical association. Or indeed, that can play like a dulcimer or cimbalom but doesn’t have the geographical connection or insinuation. So spitfire took a quarter of a million pounds worth of concert grand heard on countless film, scores from Harry Potter to Inception, and… well, we plucked it.
Recorded by Jake Jackson at Lyndhurst Hall – Air Studios, on one of the most beautiful scoring stages in the world, through an array of priceless vintage microphones via Neve “Montserrat” pre-amps, to a beautifully serviced Studer 2″ tape machine and then into digital at 96k via the best Prism AD converters: this is an unparalleled signal chain.
We’ve sampled the full range of the piano diatonically with two plucking styles; finger pad and nail with a selection of mic positions for you to mix to get up front and personal. Or a more contextual perspective that will blend seamlessly in with your Albion and BML ranges of orchestral tools. What’s more, we’ve included both direct and tape signals for if you’d prefer pristine and clean to that rounded top and tidy bottom of tape!
In addition to this, we’ve added some fantastic synth patches designed by Paul Thomson and derived totally from the plucked piano sessions, to provide your arsenal with some welcome moments of inspiration.