VSL Synchron Yamaha CFX

The keys to Your Musical Inspiration

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The Yamaha CFX is a beautiful hand-crafted, full size 275 cm (9’) concert grand that represents the pinnacle of the manufacturer's tradition of piano crafting. VSL captured this beauty in the marvellous environment of Stage A of their newly refurbished scoring stage, Synchron Stage Vienna. The piano that was used in the recording was equipped with Yamaha’s award-winning performance reproducing system “Disklavier ENSPIRE PRO“ that guaranteed utmost precision, resolution and consistency during the entire recording process.

Key Features:

  • Up to 4,200 samples per key for maximal authenticity and liveliness
  • 100% natural ambience of one of the best recording halls in the world, Synchron Stage Vienna
  • Hyper-realistic playing feel
  • Advanced Release Sample Technology
  • Multiple Microphone Positions – for a multitude of timbral variations
  • All-new, intuitive Synchron Pianos software with the high-performance playback engine
  • Six pre-configured Presets: "Concert", "Intimate", "Player", "Pop", "Ambience", "Mighty" 
  • Soft (una corda), sostenuto, sustain pedals
  • Half-pedalling and re-pedalling
  • Sympathetic resonance
  • Body resonance
 Synchron Yamaha CFX Standard

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Standard-sized Library for Synchron Yamaha CFX.

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Synchron Yamaha CFX Full

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Extended Library for Synchron Yamaha CFX.

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Synchron Yamaha CFX Upgrade

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For owners of the standard Synchron Yamaha CFX wishing to upgrade to the full-size library.

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The Yamaha CFX grand offers a broad palette of expressive tonal colours, eliciting dramatic intensity and the most subtle nuances. Its distinctive sound can be characterised as precise, bright, clear, compelling and assertive, lending itself to any genre of classical, romantic or contemporary piano music and from solo pieces to chamber and concert works. What’s more, Yamaha CFX grand pianos are particularly at home with pop and jazz genres.

The virtual representation of this instrument incorporates VSL's unbridled passion for the most natural sound paired with the best player experience.

Apart from the multitude of options through mixing various microphone signals, VSL's Yamaha CFX comes with an all-new, dedicated sample player that opens a whole new dimension for shaping your sound. Hosting a high-performance playback engine built from the ground up, the software provides a musician-friendly user interface that allows for quick and easy timbral control. Create your sound intuitively by filtering particular key ranges or even single keys, adjust the body resonance of the instrument or add just a pinch of algorithmic reverb to refine the overall sound.

All Natural, Ambient Sound

VSL's Yamaha CFX grand is permanently stored at their refurbished recording facility Synchron Stage Vienna which is characterised by its particularly warm, intense, and natural ambience. Since its reopening in 2016, this 540 m2 hall has already left its acoustic signature on numerous international productions, from classical chamber music to large-scale orchestral film scores. Today it is considered one of the best recording stages in the world and is frequently booked by world renowned artists, producers and film studios.

Advanced Release Sample Technology

Capturing the notes with all the velocities and especially at various tone lengths with their subtle nuances is a major challenge in the art of piano sampling – and it’s particularly tricky when recording the instrument with the ambience of a scoring stage. This is where VSL's new Release Sample Technology comes in.  They’ve developed a unique, proprietary technology that automatically matches up to 300 individual and finely grained release samples per key to your played notes. The result is a hyper-realistic playing feel and 100% timbral authenticity.

Utmost Precision and Consistency

As evidenced by the considerable amount of sample data, the recording phase of this Yamaha CFX grand piano project extended over several months, which demanded absolute consistency within the room and for the instrument itself. To protect the piano’s environment and ensure reliable recordings, Synchron Stage Vienna’s integrated system for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) provided very consistent climatic conditions throughout the entire recording process.

Furthemore, all samples were recorded using the instrument’s integrated, computer controlled performance reproducing system. Its non-contact optical sensors detected every movement of all 88 keys (position, velocity and release velocity) and the pedals (including half-pedalling) with utmost precision, reproducing the most delicate nuances of human performance. Additional hammer sensor feedback allowed for accurate reproduction of special playing techniques such as rapid note repetition and softly-played notes.

What’s more, over the course of several months, Vienna Symphonic Library team members were trained in preparing and tuning a grand piano accurately by Vienna’s leading piano technicians to achieve consistent tuning and sound characteristics during the entire recording process. The impeccable result must be heard (and played) to be appreciated!

10 Microphone Posistions - Up to 4,200 Samples Per Key

With up to 4,200 samples per key, VSL's Yamaha CFX boasts breathtaking authenticity. In order to capture this marvellous instrument in one of the best acoustic environments on the planet, they used multiple high-end microphone arrays, giving you an abundance of options for creating your individual sound.

Microphone Posistions

  Standard Library  Full Library
1) Room Mic (Mix) YES YES
2) Close 1 (Schoeps MK4) YES YES
3) Close 2 (Royer SF-24) NO YES
4) MID 1 (Sennheiser MKH 800) YES YES
5) MID 2 (Sennheiser MH 8040) NO YES
6) Main/Room Mic - Decca Tree Stereo (L/R) YES YES
7) Main/Room Mic - Decca True Mono (Centre) YES YES
8) Main Surround - Stereo (L/R) NO YES
9) High Stereo (3D) - Stereo (L/R) NO YES
10) High Surround (3D) - Stereo (L/R) NO YES

Download File Size:

  • Standard Library: 34.6 GB
  • Full Library: 71.2 GB

Installed File Size:

  • Standard Library: 115 GB
  • Full Library: 239.9 GB

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Customer Reviews

Press Quotes

"It's truly a world class facility. Certainly one of the best rooms in the world." - Dennis Sands (Four time Academy Award nominated film music scoring mixer)

Tech Specs

Product Type:

Virtual Instrument

Product Specs:

System Requirements
  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Mac OS X 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • SSD drive required for sample content
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)
  • Free hard drive space Standard Library: 115.0 GB (individual microphone data can be removed)
  • Free hard drive space Full Library: 239.9 GB (individual microphone data can be removed)