Cinesamples Piano in Blue is the classic Steinway Model D Concert Grand that used to live in the Columbia Records 30th Street Studios. Keyboard In Blue is a genuine electro-mechanical piano built from scratch. Recorded at Hollywood Scoring Studios through a vintage tube amplifier-cabinet, it has a new take on that well-known classic sound. Piano in Blue IS the classic sound.
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PIANO IN BLUE
Cinesamples were provided a unique opportunity to preserve an important piece of musical history in its final days. Word had come to them that the historic Clinton Recording Studios in midtown Manhattan was forever closing its doors, destined to be transformed into a modern condominium complex.
One of the many treasures contained therein was this particular Steinway Model D Concert Grand which used to live in the Columbia Records 30th Street Studios. The CBS 30th Street Studio, “The Church” was perhaps the most influential recording studio of the 50’s and 60’s producing dozens of legendary albums in various genres.
John Davis, did a scoring session at Clinton and let Cinesamples know about the closing as this day was to be the final date. As the conversation drifted from the saddening state of affairs for large stages they came to talk about why this particular stage was a special place.
It turned out that the grand in the corner was the “one piano” used in so many of my favourite recordings. For further details about the recording, take a look at More Info.
KEYBOARD IN BLUE
Cinesamples Keyboard In Blue for Kontakt is a genuine electro-mechanical piano built from scratch. Recorded through a vintage tube amplifier-cabinet at Hollywood Scoring Studios, it has a new take on that well-known classical sound. It's a fantastic keyboard that has been expanded into a great room-it's real and alive!Keyboard In Blue is a genuine electro-mechanical piano built from scratch. Its construction improves on the much loved vintage instruments with better sustain and tone from of the high register, and a stronger, fuller tone in the bass.
The Recording Process
Our intention was to present an electro-mechanical keyboard in a very organic and acoustic way. So instead of recording the direct output, a very popular method, we sent the direct out into a vintage tube guitar amp-cabinet. The room at Hollywood Scoring Studios provided a well-balanced room in which to capture this very lively, acoustic tone. Keyboard In Blue offers 5 separate mixes: 2 close mics on the amp - ribbon and FET, a mid-room perspective, and a full room perspective. Lastly there is a FULL mix that combines the best ratio of the above.