Cinematic Grand is a better quality piano library than many of its competitors in a similar price bracket and a useful addition to most studiosRead the full review here.

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Features

  • Deep sampled grand piano
  • Custom KSP scripting
  • Instant playability and realistic behavior
  • full pedal control (re-pedaling, half-pedaling)
  • 10 band Equalizer
  • 3 custom Convolution Reverbs
  • 350 mb of samples (losslessly compressed from over 1GB)

Version 1.1. features

  • Added EQ Preset Menu with Factory Presets , 3 User Defined Preset Slots and Bypass Option
  • Restructured the Instrument at the Group Level for more accurate polyphonic processing
  • Added Staccato Button which shortens the release time of the unsustained samples to tighten them up.
  • EQ-Sliders can now be reset to their default state (0db) by ctrl-clicking (cmd-clicking on MAC)
  • Now works with full retail versions of Kontakt 4.2.3 and Kontakt 5.2.1 and up.

Overview

We chromatically sampled each of the 88 notes of an expertly tuned Yamaha C2 concert grand piano at 5 velocity layers per note each with key release samples and additional sustain pedal noises for a smoothly cinematic and realistic sound while keeping the instrument CPU and RAM streamlined for real-time playability and use in large projects.

You can freely adjust the sound of the dry recorded samples with our custom 10-band Equalizer, add one of three hand selected reverbs and delay or change the listening position from player to audience - all with the click of a button in our custom interface. You can also choose from four pre-defined velocity response presets to further suit your playing and recording style. All of the effect parameters are fully automatable to give you even more flexibility to shape the sound of the piano at the DAW level or in real time using hardware controllers.

The combination of these intuitive interface controls, the meticulously recorded samples and intricate scripting for realistic pedaling and sustain modeling make the Cinematic Grand the perfect choice for productions ranging from classical, jazz and contemporary pop to ambience, soft rock and of course film scoring.

The warm tone of this piano blends beautifully with accompanying instruments or cuts right through the mix. The Cinematic Grand shines as a solo instrument in spacious halls or intimate rooms. It puts you in control of the sound but remains as simple and intuitive as a real piano.  We hope it will inspire you to write great music.

Interface

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*Hovering over the controls will display explanations at the bottom of the Kontakt Window.

Cinematic Grand demos

System requirements

  • Native Instrument's Kontakt 4 / 5
  • Full retail version of Kontakt 4.2.3 / 5.2 or later required
  • 320 MB harddrive space
  • Ability to download
  • PC 1.8Ghz+, 256+ MB ram
  • MAC 2.0Ghz+, 256+ MB ram

Technical specifications

  • 16 bit / 48Khz
  • 5 velocity layers per note
  • 765 discrete samples
  • re-pedaling and half-pedaling functionality
  • scripted release envelope for realistic damper emulation
  • 3 custom Convolution Reverbs

Cinematic Grand works with Kontakt 4, 5 and above

Full version of Kontakt 4 and 5 is required. Cinematic Grand does not work with Kontakt Player

Reviews

Film and game composers

Cinematic Grand is a better quality piano library than many of its competitors in a similar price bracket and a useful addition to most studios. Read the full review here.

Sounds And Gear

I give Cinematic Grand 4 out of 5 subs, it’s easy to use, doesn’t take up much space, and has a good sound quality. Read the full review here.

Frequently asked questions

How to use Cinematic Grand in Kontakt 4?
If you purchased the Cinematic Grand before August 16, 2013 you'll need to send us an Email to support@antisample.com with your transaction number and we'll hook you up with the Kontakt 4 patches. If you purchased the instrument after August 16, 2013 your download will already contain the Kontakt 4 patches. Simply extract them into the instruments root folder and you're good to go!
How do I revert to the default EQ settings?
The latest update (v. 1.1) comes with a fully featured EQ preset menu which allows you to quickly and easily revert to the default settings, bypass the EQ entirely, choose from factory presets and even store your own. You can now also reset the individual EQ sliders to 0 db by ctrl-clicking (cmd-clicking on MAC) on them.
Is the Cinematic Grand suitable for fast, staccato playing?
The latest update includes a staccato option which tightens the release of the unsustained samples for super fast, percussive playing. You can find the staccato button next to the Position Control at the bottom of the Interface. Only unsustained notes are being affected by this control and all half or fully pedalled notes will ring out as usual.

Documentation and updates

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Cinematic Grand is a better quality piano library than many of its competitors in a similar price bracket and a useful addition to most studiosRead the full review here.