Monday, February 22, 2016

Recut Pianos

After a few complains about latency and other issues, I have reworked a couple pianos. First up is the Skerratt London piano by Kung Krille. I just hand edited the samples this morning and they should now be nice and crisp when you tap your keyboard.


Maize VSTi
Windows
Mac
Skerratt London Piano - AU


The Iowa is one of the most popular pianos, but has a few problems. I tried to do a better version by dropping out some samples that in the upper mid register at medium velocity that somehow came out almost mono. I also stretched the lowest C to go down to A as some of the lowest notes were pretty wonky. I wouldn't normally stretch notes this far, but bass samples are less noticeable.

Iowa Piano - Kontakt
Great Soundcloud Song by Reasy

Maize VSTi
Windows
Iowa Piano - 64
Iowa Piano -32
Mac
Iowa Piano - VST
Iowa Piano - AU


This is cool. Glyn Barnes from the Cakewalk forums has made these pianos compatible with the new Komplete Kontrol format. 

Komplete Kontrol

 
I don't understand all the details, but fortunately Glyn gave me the details on what you need to do to get everything up and running.
"The NKI should be copied to the same folder as the original NKI
The folder with the NKSN file should be copied to C:/Users/[user name]/Documents/Native Instruments/User Content/Kontakt
The NKSN should appear in the user tab of the Komplete Kontrol Browser.
When you click on this you will see the Kontakt Missing File dialog. Use the “resolve manually” option to locate an load the missing files, you will need to do this twice, once to find the NKI and once for the samples. Resave the NKI. Next go to the Komplete Kontrol file menu and re-save the pre-set.

On no account rename the new NKI or the pre-set file will not be able to find it.
If Komplete Kontrol cannot see the NKSN file check the folder is in the scan path."

8 comments:

  1. @Joe: Thanks again for your generous efforts :-) However, the VSTi versions don't work with Cubase LE AI Elements 6 and FreePiano 2.2.2 under Windows 7 64bit: There are always some (random?) low pitch notes added to the actual MIDI Note Ons. The Kontakt versions are working flawlessly on my system. Perhaps this helps you with debugging - or am I missing some information?

    All the best from Germany

    Stefan

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    1. Thanks for that information on the VSTs, I'll see if I can figure out the problem. I'm glad the Kontakt versions are working. They tend to be the better of the two versions anyway.

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  2. Awesome work man!

    http://instruments.loungetronica.com

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  3. The Iowa Piano has such a great sonority! Thank you for sharing it!
    (https://soundcloud.com/reasy/light-above-the-trees)

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    1. Thanks I added a link to your cool song in the blog post.

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    2. Thank you. I really appreciate it!

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  4. What is the advantage of these Maize sampler instruments over just offering these samples in SFZ format for use in different soundfont players (Sforzando...)?

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    1. Its more personal preference on my part. At least in the past SFZ was a text based format that I never understood, while Maize is a visual based drag and drop creator as is Kontakt. Also Maize is self contained. I enjoy and use SFZ instruments, though I prefer Kontakt, and I'd love it if anyone wanted to create SFZ files for anything / everything in the site.

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