LIVINGROOM
UPRIGHT PIANO

complete edition for KONTAKT
& multi-format

A detailed and authentic character upright piano
for KONTAKT.
Vintage by nature, hyper-sampled for versatility.

Main Features

KeyPleezer LivingRoom Upright Piano free edition for Kontakt sampler
  • Intimate & detailed sound rich in piano body.
  • A fraction out of tune here and there, for maximum realism (not broken nor honky-tonk).
  • 3 close microphone positions for a multitude of nuance possibilities while retaining intimacy of sound character.
  • 14 Velocity/sensitivity recordings, 2 layers of sustained notes per key (7 layers for pedal off, 7 Layers for pedal on).
  • Dynamic Range adjustment for velocity triggered volume range (all formats).
  • Made for KONTAKT sampler 5.4.2+ (for backwards compatibility), SFZ and EXS24 / Sampler (coming soon)
  • Advanced piano playback engine for KONTAKT (more features below demos section)

DEMOS – HEAR IT IN ACTION

Listen to sound demos of different styles and genres.

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Cinematic theme – intimate without effects

A cinematic theme with a slow progression from the lower to upper octaves, utilizing Mic Position 2 (below keys). Dynamic Range at 50%. String Dampening, Key Release, Pedal Action sounds & Resonance acoustics on medium, open piano panels. Composed by Anders Eklöv.

Cinematic theme – with concert hall reverb

Same cinematic theme as above but with added reverb, a wide and warm concert hall, to show how the piano performs in a larger space. Composed by Anders Eklöv.

Piano, bass & drums – Bowiesque pop

A bit of Bowie with a mix of bass, drums and LivingRoom Upright utilizing mostly Mic Position 2 (below keys) and backed up by Mic Position 1 (player position). Dynamic Range at 65%. String and Key Release, Pedal Action sounds & Resonance acoustics on medium, open piano panels. Careful tape distortion and 2dB Limiter. Composed by Anders Eklöv.

Classical – Grande Valse Brillante by Chopin

A part from the classical piece “Grande Valse Brillante” by Frédéric Chopin. Mixed with Mic Position 2 (below keys) backed up by Position 1 (player position) with Dynamic Range at 70% for lots of volume depth, a fair amount of String Dampening, Key Noises and String Resonance acoustics but no added Body Resonance, open piano panels. Conducted & programmed by Anders Eklöv.

Classical – Funeral March by Chopin – Intimate

Funeral March (Marche funèbre from Piano Sonata No. 2) by Frédéric Chopin produced using Mic Position 2 which has a quite bright sound. Dynamic Range at 75% for an expressive performance, String Dampening, Key Release & Pedal effects on medium but no resonances. Slightly reduced stereo-width. Conducted & midi programmed by Anders Eklöv.

Classical – Funeral March by Chopin – with reverb

Funeral March (Marche funèbre) by Frédéric Chopin with same settings as above, but with added concert hall reverb. Conducted & midi programmed by Anders Eklöv.

ABOUT LIVINGROOM UPRIGHT PIANO

LivingRoom Upright Piano is a character upright piano for Kontakt sampler, SFZ and EXS24 that embodies the essence of a naturally sounding upright piano as it is when it was played for around a year since after tuning. Slightly de-tuned, not busted, not pristine. Just a realistically sounding and versatile upright piano sound.

All internal components of sounds and behaviours of the original piano was captured through deep-sampling of the piano’s acoustical components.

Modelled from an original large vintage upright piano, by a Swedish local piano maker, that was tuned to around 98% perfection for a realistic and natural living room piano sound. It was sampled in 3 close stereo microphone positions. The first one in “player position”, the second one below the keyboard and the third one on the rear of the piano. The sound is the most dry sound we could make and embodies the closest and most intimate sound of the piano.

LivingRoom Upright Piano - Kontakt User interface overview - here showing Performance panel with all main controls for internal audio sample layers

PERFORMANCE PANEL

Overall adjustments of internal acoustic components, effects and behaviour.

Overall dynamic range control

Control the volume difference between the softest and hardest hit and thereby the expressiveness of your performance.

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Dynamic Range & Volume differences knob

Overall dynamic range control

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Dynamic Range & Volume differences knob

Control the volume difference between the softest and hardest hit and thereby the expressiveness of your performance.

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Dynamic Range & Volume differences knob
LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - String Dampening / Release - the sound of the strings being muted or dampened when you release the key with adjustable volume

String Release / Dampening

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - String Dampening / Release - the sound of the strings being muted or dampened when you release the key with adjustable volume

Add realism to your performance with the actual piano’s string muting sounds, the dampening of the string. Both staccato and normal sounds for maximum realism.

Mechanical Key Release Sounds

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Mechanical Key Release Sounds - the mechanical sounds produced when releasing a key, also called key noises or key thumps

The multi-sampled key releases depict a the mechanical noise of a key being released and helps to add prescence to a performance.

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Mechanical Key Release Sounds - the mechanical sounds produced when releasing a key, also called key noises or key thumps
LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - String & Piano Body Resonance - IR (impulse response) convolution reverbs made from the resonating strings and the piano body in 2 separate effects

String & Piano Body Resonance

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - String & Piano Body Resonance - IR (impulse response) convolution reverbs made from the resonating strings and the piano body in 2 separate effects

Extend the recorded notes’s acoustical sounds with String Resonace (resonating strings only) and Piano Body reflection using IR convolution reverbs.

Piano Panel Control

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Piano Panel Control - control the piano´s wooden panels, also called doors, whether they are open, semi-open or closed

Piano wooden panel adjustment, for either open, half-open or closed sound. Enables anything from a “boxy living room sound” to a clean and intimate uptake.

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Piano Panel Control - control the piano´s wooden panels, also called doors, whether they are open, semi-open or closed

Pedal Action Sound Effects

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Pedal Action Sound Effects - the sustain pedal action sound effects, recorded in multiple speeds, volumes and strengths for maximum realism

Add to the prescence and authenticity of a performance with multi-sampled pedal sounds that respond to dynamic range and note durations.

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Pedal Action Sound Effects - the sustain pedal action sound effects, recorded in multiple speeds, volumes and strengths for maximum realism
LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Pedal Accent & Diversity - Enhances the pedal sound volume and nuance variation through algorithmic audio sample randomization that responds to your playing style

Pedal Accent & Diversity

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Pedal Accent & Diversity - Enhances the pedal sound volume and nuance variation through algorithmic audio sample randomization that responds to your playing style

Enhances the pedal sound volume and nuance variation using sample randomization through 4 different algorithms that responds to your playing style.

MIXER PANEL

LivingRoom Upright Piano - Kontakt User interface overview - here showing Mixer panel with microphone position specific controls

Independently adjust main controls like volume, pan and stereo width for all microphone positions, including IR convolution resonance effects. Tweak the piano internal acoustic modelling effect volumes to suit your composition.

LivingRoom Upright Piano - Kontakt User interface overview - here showing Mixer panel with microphone position specific controls

Dedicated internal adjustments of all features for each microphone position.

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Kontakt instrument purge ram control - Purge unused audio samples from system memory with this switch

Purge Any Unused Sample

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Kontakt instrument purge ram control - Purge unused audio samples from system memory with this switch

When turned off, the complete set of samples of any mic position can be purged from system memory, saving valuable RAM for other tracks.

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Custom Velocity MIDI mapping setting - use the midi response mapping that works best with your own midi piano keyboard

Custom Velocity MIDI mapping

Set your desired velocity mapping on a KONTAKT zone level (not velocity remapping) to produce optimal nuance from any keyboard.

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Natural or muted top-octave notes adjustment switches between muting the top octave notes like the rest of the keys, or playing the whole recording like a normal acoustic piano

Natural or muted top-octave notes

Acoustic pianos usually don’t have dampers on their top octave, but you can choose whether or not to put digital dampers on the top notes if a performance can benefit from it.

LivingRoom Upright Piano feature - Anti Machine-gun Technology makes rigid pieces with repetitive notes more nuanced and less repetitive using algorithmic filtering and attack differences

Anti Machine-gun Technology

For more rigid pieces with repetitive notes the Anti Machine-gun piano engine feature produces more nuanced performances.

KONTAKT UI & Piano Audio Engine features:

  • Envelope Release Adjustment – Adjust the note fade-out time manually or use the auto-mode to automatically control the transitions towards the string dampening acoustics.
  • Release Length – control the maximum length of acoustic release samples.
  • Key Release Dynamic Range – enables custom velocity controlled volumes of mechanical sounds.
  • Pedal Action Resonance Control enables sustain pedal action swelling effect for piano IR reverbs.
  • Piano Engine features efficient and accurate polyphony voice handling for each key.
  • String dampening & Key release acoustics – multiple recordings for each key matching original note velocity and time elapsed.
  • String dampening 5-8 layer matrix follows your playing for dampening accuracy in both tone and volume.
    • Both Staccato (shorter shocks) and Normal (longer held notes) dampening recordings for nuanced releasing of notes.
  • Piano Body and String Resonances modelled using IR Convolution reverb for enhanced acoustical authenticity.
    • String Resonance – the sound of the resonating strings for realism and added overtones.
    • Body Resonance – the sound of the entire piano body, for added “boxiness” or just more acoustical “glue”.

system support

KONTAKT full version 5.4.2+ required
Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 (vst/vst3/dpm/AAX)
macOS 10.9 or above (10.13 highly recommended)
(KONTAKT requires Native Access, which
can run on macOS 10.9+, but runs better on 10.13+)
24GB storage space (for .wav sound files)
10GB storage space (for .ncw sound files)
Decent internet connection

LivingRoom Upright Piano Complete Edition Format support - Kontakt, SFZ format and Apple EXS24 supported. Possible to run on MacOS, Windows and Linux.
minimum system

2 core Intel or AMD cpu
4GB RAM (system memory)

recommended system

4 (quad) core Intel or AMD cpu
8GB RAM (system memory)

Basic KONTAKT requirements apply in the end. Our instrument was made with cpu efficiency in mind, even if it contains complex realtime programming.

Purchase the Complete Edition and get Intermediate Edition for free, as well as all other KONTAKT and multi-format soundware editions of this instrument we release.

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Intermediate Edition is currently in production and will be released soon.

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