It’s Friday, time for some Big Fish!
Let’s jump right into it
So what is the Silver Concert Grand Piano?
This is a new instrument sampled from a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand 290 piano
The concept is to provide a straight-forward and simple interface with easy controls for tweaking.
Of course the main purpose is to give you a great sound, they also provide useful convolution spaces and layering options.
This one runs in the UVI Workstation and is protected by PACE/iLok.
- content: 1.54GB
- format: UVI, MachFive 3
- price: $99.95
- product page: http://www.bigfishaudio.com/detail.html?516234
How does it sound?
The piano itself has a nice sound, the notes decay naturally, especially the lower notes.
There are also some really creative spaces that you can apply to the sound to change it up a bit.
In addition to the spaces, you get the layering engine, which allows you to layer warm pad, tine, and string sounds with the main piano instrument.
That part really allows you to get even more creative with the instrument compared to most piano libraries, definitely good for those who want a decent piano sound and the ability to quickly add a little bit of variety to it.
The recordings seem well done, I did notice one or two notes with a little noise on them, I can’t remember the exact notes right now but it was one in the higher register and one in the mid to low range.
But overall it was well recorded and played back just fine.
So what’s the bottom line?
There are a lot of piano libraries out there, and everyone has their personal tastes when it comes to what they are looking for in a piano instrument.
I feel the Silver grand piano strikes a nice balance between usability, good sound, and tweak-ability. For that I give it 4 out of 5 subs.
It’s definitely a simple interface, no going in tweaking strings and resonance or pedal settings, but sometimes all you need is a simple instrument that can fit the part.
I personally like the way the notes ring out naturally, if you hold a note down, particularly the lower notes, that thing rings on…and on…and on…just like hitting an actual piano key.
I feel that adds to the character, and also the ability to quickly layer sounds that are commonly layered with a piano, strings and pads, makes it a bit more flexible.
I do feel there should have been some envelope control over the pads and string sounds, you may way a faster or slower attack or longer release. Nothing show-stopping but definitely would have been a good addition.
Overall it’s a good sounding piano with a nice interface that won’t overwhelm you with too many options. If you’re looking for a simple piano library, you may want to check this one out.
Leave a comment below, let me know what you think