Native Instrument's New York Concert Grand is their standard sampled piano, that comes with their Komplete instrument line. Individually, it is a great sampled piano, with contemporary sounds, that work wonderfully with pop and modern music. The samples are stereo, and it is recorded with multiple velocities: a must for any professional, quality piano sound. Also, the samples here aren't ridiculously big like they made be with Ivory or other professional digital libraries; a couple hundred megabytes of data is all that is necessary here. Native Instruments does a great job with their samplers, of realizing high quality, high-memory sound, but not overdoing the samples, keeping the synths relatively lightweight, and very versatile. They work great live, like on my MacBook Pro, which I use for live shows for my band. The piano sounds great there, and it doesn't tax my computer's resources at all.
The New York Concert grand synth runs inside Kontakt 4 or Kontakt 5, and it includes a few great parameters that you can adjust. The tuning can be adjusted, from over 8 different specific tunings, including stretch, equal, pure, and harmonic. I personally don't have a preference for these, but some pianos are tuned slightly off from the true tunes, and this option lets you modify that. There is also a control for the resonance during sustain, noise controls for the keys and sustain pedal, and you can even move the lid position. You can also adjust how dynamic the output volume of the piano is, essentially acting as an internal compressor without actually compressing. This is great for my live shows, when I want to send the house a relatively constant volume of piano, but without the artifacts of using an actual compressor.
Overall, this is a great, versatile piano sampler that any modern musician can use. Be sure to check it out!
The title of this review just about perfectly illustrates the sound I made (and I suppose the face I made as well) as soon as I struck middle C for the first time in the Native Instruments New York Concert Grand. You can only imagine the mathematically logical conclusion as to what happened when I started actually playing it.
No. Actually I didn't explode, but I did spend the next three hours hunched over my piano playing.
The New York Concert Grand is not at all editable outside of a few of the pianos essential but basic parameters which I will cover, in terms of the sample itself. That may seem a shame, but considering the fact that I can use other plug ins on the track housing the piano, it's nothing to be feared.
The piano has a brilliance to it, and it's certainly the most "pop" sounding of all of the Native Instruments grand pianos. This makes it far more suitable to use in song production than the others. I defer to the other pianos when a more orchestral sound is required of me.
However, this can be managed, tamed, brought further out with the basic things that Native Instruments puts on the New York Concert Grand piano. You can choose mic position, velocity curves, whether the lid is open or not, or partially. You name it! I can't even remember all of the things that it lets you do, so the best advice I could give would be to watch a video on it, or look at a picture of the interface.
The program also runs rather smoothly; it's not at all greedy like some of the heavier sample libraries, and yet it sounds almost as good. However, I'm more concerned with the final sound than how meticulously the piano is recreated, so I have to again heap praise on Native Instruments for a job well done.
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
How long have you use it? For some heures.Je have reu this morning. Have you tried many other models before acqurir? I possde a roland fp7 the Pianoteq 3 Sampletek. 3 have their last quality blows my pc. What is the particular feature you like best and least? The sound is good. works without a dish to my PC, it is surprising! the rglages are basic but enough to play without hacking for 2 hours, as on the Pianoteq. I just replaced a piano part made with my twelve o'clock fp7 and sonority and the vlocit hold water unlike Pianoteq who asks a lot of work at the vlocits. However, the latter possde other strengths. The goal is to make me a collection of sounds and immediately playable kontakt player offers this possibility without breaking the bank. The next purchase will probably be low SCARBEE that their website offers. This idea of possessing the qualities of sounds affordable like it. I tofferont they hopes to their catalog. How do you report qualitprix? Know a piano sound 69 euros? Other products offer more mature sound more realistic when it comes to playing ground, but it is a battle that must be pc. With experience, you do again this choice? ... Yes. I had the choice between dpenser 150 euros to buy the pro Pianoteq, spend 2 hours to find a suitable rglage or take my head, or buy this little gem which I found myself taking the fun ds 1eres notes.
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Prodatlantis's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
It has been 5 years since I studied piano every day with samples, especially those in Sampletekk, which are excellent.
I am looking for the last regular piano samples everywhere, and I know what I want, not too heavy a piano to play live without it cracks all the time, and fairly well balanced for the record, and not be ashamed to listen to.
I bought 5 years ago the "Emperor" of a Native to 150 euros at the time, was unusable! very beautiful sound, but gameplay random, and in a mix ... well it not fit ... it is too big, in every sense of the word.
I found what I was looking at Sampletekk in me suspicious since pianos Native.
I finally tried the $ 69 New York, hesitating with Berlin. . . and I was surprised at the gameplay, the patch NKI are not very heavy, so do not crack easily, the soft pedal works!! The sound is natural, well balanced, the reverb settings are different and I think utililes, which is not always obvious.
anyway CLASS! I've never played better in terms of playability and rich sound until now. Sampletekk pianos are excellent, but not as good playability NEW YORK grand piano is built for the live and studio, plus the piano of origin must be given the fabulous samples ...
I think Native is more accessible than before, they offer the free version of Kontakt 4, at least it works without interruption if you buy an instrument NATIVE.
The bad sides:
- Sounds not editable (but very well designed originally, so no big flip as Emperor for example)
- Can not re-register its own patch.
I would do this choice, and I'll try out the Berlin of the coup ...
I put 8, because they can surely do better ... we can always do better, but it's already good anyway, it's even excellent, not too expensive.