Sonic Atoms Novel Piano is a beautiful and warm sounding upright piano powered by Steinberg's free HALion Sonic SE plugin. Sampled with and without mute pedal, every note sounds different and has its own character which gives very natural and organic results. This sample library is far from being sterile. It has its unique sonic quality which fits perfectly into calm and intimate music genres.
Sonic Atoms recorded an elegant contemporary upright piano, in semi-dry room. Which gives the instrument a nice and present close sound but you can still hear the room reacting to that sound. The most gorgeous sound recorded is with mute pedal (Novel Piano patch). It sounds amazing from up close, but the room sound gives it even more character and depth.
It may not be perfect for all scenarios though. That is why there is another set of samples recorded traditionally without mute ( Scoring Piano patch) to make the instrument more flexible and useful in more every day situations. Smaller but very important part of Novel Piano library is sustain pedal mechanism, which volume can be changed directly from instrument GUI.
The piano was recorded with 7 microphones: 2 close mics pointing at the sound board, 1 close microphone placed low just above the ground to capture the entire richness and low-end, 2 room mics placed just behind the player in order to capture the player’s perspective, and 2 ambience mics placed 5 meters from the piano.
The team spent a lot of time in post production, carefully choosing samples from different takes. The recorded tracks were also denoised to avoid unwanted noise stacking while playing an instrument and all recorded tracks were mixed to stereo. It makes the library very light for CPU and RAM and also makes it the perfect companion for traveling musicians.
THE OVERVIEW PANEL
Novel Piano’s GUI is clean and straightforward. It has three knobs which are responsible for different effects. Release noise controls key release mechanism volume, you can take it down to get rid of it completely. The character knob on the other hand is a controller of EQ and filter which are cutting or boosting high frequencies, depending on the setting. Finally the reverb mix is self explanatory – there is an algorithmic hall type reverb onboard, which you can turn down completely if needed.
- Novel Piano
- Scoring Piano
- Fairy Tale Piano
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