The CFX Lite is a subset of the Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand that retains the expressive detail of the original by providing the full power of the Close Classic mic perspective.
This perspective best captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the instrument and the result is a stellar downloadable piano at a very affordable price.
- Yamaha CFX Concert Grand
- Recorded in Abbey Road Studios' famous Studio One
- Highly playable and incredibly realistic
- Features one mic perspective - Close Classic (compared to three in full version)
- All 20 layers of detail from the original CFX are represented
- New features include timbre effect, additional reverb controls, and added realism to pedal behaviour
- Includes reverb impulses of presets from Abbey Road rack gear
- Powered by the ARIA engine - no need to buy a separate sampler!
- Upgrade path available to the full CFX Concert Grand
- Download the PDF on right side of page for comparison table
- Size: 22GB
The Yamaha CFX is an incredible concert grand piano characterised by a wide palette of tonal colors and the ability to create the most subtle, expressive nuances. To create an incredible virtual piano, Garritan matched this beautiful instrument with the stunning acoustics of Abbey Road's Studio One. To this, they added a team of world-class engineers who leveraged an exceptional collection of microphones and outboard gear to create the finest sampled piano ever captured.
All 20 layers of detail from the original CFX are represented, including separate sample sets for pedals-up, sustain pedal down and soft pedaling. The CFX Lite also adds pedaling and other features not found in the original CFX Concert Grand. These include partial and re-pedaling functionality plus more than 20 additional impulses captured from Abbey Road Studios’ legendary outboard reverb equipment.
The CFX Lite includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio work stations. It is also equally at home in live usage as it is in a studio setting.
New Features added to CFX Lite... (now also included in the latest full CFX version update)
CFX Lite uses a higher or lower sample than the pitch you play (depending on the knob setting) and transposes it, producing the altered timbre at the correct pitch. When the Timbre Effect knob is at 50%, you'll experience the natural timbre of the sampled Yamaha CFX concert grand piano. Turn the Timbre Effect knob above 50% to give the piano a more plucked sound, and turn the Timbre Effect knob below 50% for a less percussive sound.
This can be used to emulate the George Martin technique utilized on "In My Life"
Size and Decay knobs added for more comprehensive control over the reverb settings.
22 Reverb impulses of actual presets from Abbey Road Studio One rack gear (serious secret sauce!)
Re-Pedaling and Partial Pedaling
Added realism to pedal behaviour. Re-Pedaling "Catches" a note with the sustain pedal after it is played, and Partial Pedaling allows you to use a continuous sustain pedal to vary the amount of dampening applied.
More about the Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand
Abbey Road Studios' Studio One is one of the largest and most beautiful sounding orchestral studios in the world. The space can easily accommodate a 110 piece orchestra and 100 piece choir simultaneously. Studio One's acoustics are as famous as its location, offering a supremely warm and clear sound with a reverb time of 2.3 seconds. This makes it perfect for numerous types of recording, from solo piano to large orchestras.
The Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano marks a significant milestone in Yamaha's celebrated 108-year history as an acclaimed world-class piano maker. In 1991, Yamaha began its most ambitious piano project ever: to create a new generation of grand piano for concert, conservatoire and studio performance.
The result was the CFX Concert Grand Piano, a revolutionary new instrument that embodies the concept of beauty and power. The rich palette of tonal colours and musical voices the piano can produce characterises its beauty. The power comes from the CFX's unprecedented tonal protection. The development and evaluation phase of this remarkable instrument took almost 20 years! During this time, a 40-strong team of the world's most talented piano designers, technicians, craftsmen and, of course, pianists deconstructed the concert grand and began rebuilding it from the ground up. Every aspect of traditional piano design was questioned, evaluated, improved and relentlessly tested. Once the design was nearing completion, multiple prototypes endured thousands of hours of secret testing at concert halls across the globe.
Each CFX is entirely hand-built by a small team comprising some of the world's most experienced and skilled craftsmen. All materials are meticulously selected and refined to ensure unprecedented music performance in the most demanding of situations. It offers outstanding expressiveness for a truly musical performance. With enough tonal presence to be heard over the sound of a full symphony orchestra in the largest of concert hall, the CFX is truly one of the greatest pianos ever created.
The sound of the Garritan Abbey Road CFX piano was captured by a team of highly experienced Abbey Road recording engineers, each contributing decades of knowledge in recording pianos for a variety of applications.
Microphone set-ups, also referred to as perspectives, have a huge effect on the overall sound of the recorded instrument. Each set of perspectives speak specifically to various musical settings.
The set-ups are a hybrid of classic techniques handed down from generation to generation of balance engineers within Abbey Road Studios since the 1930s, mixed with more contemporary and experiential arrays that perfectly complement each other. These set-ups have been and are continually used by the finest recording artists in the world and have been presented here for use as a sampled instrument for the first time ever.
Garritan has worked closely with Abbey Road Studios to develop presets that are both functionally useful and inspiring to play. Research included artists and genres as well as notable recordings, cinematic settings and live performance examples to make the CFX as flexible and versatile a musical instrument as possible.
The classic perspective most faithfully captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the instrument two Neumann MM49 and two Neumann KM184 microphones were used for the recordings of this perspective. As every piano, recording venue, repertoise and pianist are different, the M49 and KM184 are used to capture a close detailed sound, which is especially good for chamber music.
THE PRESS VERDICT OF THE FULL VERSION OF CFX CONCERT GRAND...
"...it sounds absolutely beautiful, with exquisite tonal detail, powerful lows, glassy highs and a level of expressiveness that has to be felt to be believed."
- Computer Music (Rating: 9/10)
"The presets are breathtaking and this is one of the most stunning virtual pianos I have ever heard. The use of many velocity layers really pays dividends and results in an instrument that is incredibly expressive, nuanced and capable of being alternately fragile or thundering and cinematic."
- Ask Audio mag Click here to read the review in full
"...one of the finest virtual pianos available – simply beautiful."
- Music Tech (Rating 9/10)
"A musically and technically brilliant virtual Yamaha CFX. One of the nicest pianos you'll ever hear, and uncannily responsive and addictively playable. It's a technically brilliant, unashamedly flawless virtualisation of one of the best pianos ever built. Offers almost endless creative potential."
- Sound on Sound
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