ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS CFX CONCERT GRAND
Recorded in Abbey Road Studio One by award-winning engineers using the world's finest microphones and equipment, the nine foot Yamaha CFX Concert Grand is one of the newest pianos at Abbey Road Studios and is characterised by a wide palette of tonal colours and the ability to create the most subtle expressive nuances.
This is the only virtual instrument featuring the Yamaha CFX grand piano and the only virtual piano recorded in Abbey Road Studio One.
SUMMARY OF FEATURES
- 3 discrete microphone perspectives
- Classic - captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX
- Contemporary - produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers
- Player - delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One
- Includes the powerful ARIA player
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.
Ambi Normal - Classic perspective with a deep ambience end expressive nuance. The high EQ is boosted on the ambient mic pair to accentuate the reflection of the natural and added reverb.
Dark Cinema - The preset is designed to bring out the lower velocities and EQ'd to emphasise a darker tonal pallet. This has been paired with "Retro Space" convolution preset to add a moody and ethereal colour to the piano.
Dry Clean - Release delay and Release volume are set to 0 and highs are boosted on the 4006/TLM 50 mic pair to give the piano a dry, definitive character.
Granville - If the CFX was in a pub, it might sound a bit like this. Close and ambient mic pairs have been balanced and EQ'd to reflect a setting that might involve soft upholstery, thick curtains and a game of darts.
KW-Modelled after the sound of jazz pianist Kenny Werner. The lid is set to "half-stick" with a slight boost to the highs and some sculpting of the mids to shape a warm yet articulate sound.
Brighton Rock - Set up to bright and taught, this preset has a light touch and is EQ'd to cut through the mix.
Chicken Wire - An alternate tuning, a slightly lighter touch and a closed lid give the piano a raw country favour.
Russell's Triffid - Inspired by pianist Russell Ferrante of Yellowjackets fame. The lid is set to "open", the highs are boosted and a touch of saturation is added to give the piano a lively, agile feel.
Spike - Release Decay and Release Volume are set to 0, Release Crossgrade is set to 2.5 and EQs are sculpted to give the piano a punchy, aggressive character.
Moreme - Release Decay and Release Volume are set to 0, Release Crossfade is set to 2 and EQs are sculpted to give the piano a tight lively flavour.
Edward's Reflection - Only the KU100 is engaged to capture the most natural ambience of Studio One from the bench of the CFX.
Village Grinder - An emphasis on the KM84 over the KU100 with a "half-stick" combined with some saturation and convolution reverb give this preset the flavour of a working piano in a famous jazz club.
Wendyhouse - Featuring a Scala tuning from composer Wendy Calos, this preset has an eerie quality.
Woolly Mammoth - This preset has been EQ'd and given a velocity curve to emphasise the soft, warm sound.
The classic perspective most faithfully captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the instrument
Close - 2 x Neumann M49 and 2 x Neumann KM184 Microphones: 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.
Mid Field/Wide - 2 x DPA 4006 Microphones: The DPA 4006s placed at each end of the piano create a wider and more spacious sound picture.
Main – 2 x Neumann TLM50 Microphones: The Neumann TLM50 are placed 2m away from the instrument and at 2.6m in height. This captures the overall complex frequency response and dynamic range of a grand piano.
The Contemporary perspective creates a piano sound that is bright and hard with lots of attack from the hammers, but also maintains the piano's warmth with intimate ambience.
Close - AKG C12 & D19 Microphones: The AKG C12 is a bright sounding valve microphone with bite and some nice valve warmth. The mono D19 placed in the centre over the hammers was run via a classic REDD.47 valve microphone pre-amp, adding central focus and 'poke' to the close sound of this set up.
Ambience – Schoeps MK 2H Microphones: For the Ambience microphones SChoeps MK 2H are used in a close position They are able to bring the sound of the room to the mix, without losing too much of the definition of the piano's initial attack.
The Player perspective offers the experience of playing the CFX, from the piano bench, in Studio One, particularly when reproduced over high quality headphones.
Close - 2 x Neumann KM84 Microphones: This is a straight forward stereo pair placed closely and directly over the hammers. It provides an immediate sound of the piano with little coloration from the room.
Player - Neumann KU100 Dummy Head: The Binaural KU100 Dummy Head was placed directly behind the musician's heads. This provides an intimacy to the instrument mixed with the unmistakable sense of playing the instrument in the acoustics of Studio One.