..It might be. Pianos are very personal.
There is always another 'greatest': more samples, more articulations, more tricks.
The Hammersmith is our take on that.
We think it's smoother to play, cleaner-sounding and a bit more real than any other sampled piano out there.
We hope you agree.
When you play a note on a piano, one string rings.
When you play a note and press the sustain pedal, all the strings ring.
Most piano VSTis only do the first thing, and then fake the second thing.
We recorded both.
21 velocity layers per note with sustain pedal up and down.
When you press down your sustain pedal, you'll understand why we did it.
Hammersmith with a mic channel expanded: from here you can switch the mic choice via the drop down menu, EQ the sound and adjust envelope parameters.
The clean and simple view of Hammersmith - balance your channels in this uncluttered environment.
The preset menu in the top left corner allows you to load factory presets or save your own.
A judicious selection of high quality processing, including Soniccouture's custom convolution reverb effects and a velocity responsive low pass filter.
A very powerful selection of tools enable you to make The Hammersmith respond exactly how you want. Includes a USER LEARN function which calibrates Hammersmith to your MIDI keyboard with a few simple steps, and a comprehensive tuning section in which you can load custom scales, create your own, or just retune a single key.
The Hammersmith Standard Edition has 2 channels; Close (Neumann M49 Pair), and Room (Decca Tree M50), shown here on the edit channel screen.
All players and all MIDI keyboards are different.
Hammersmith will learn how you play your keyboard and create a custom velocity curve just for you.
Tweak it further, add some randomness, or even compress the velocity curve - it's up to you.
Hammersmith's Tuning Control panel allows you to select from a wide-range of preset scales,
create your own, or simply tweak individual keys to suit your taste.
It's the little things that add realism; damplers, pedal thumps, key-off noise.
If you want more of these details, it's easy to turn them up, down or off with Hammersmith.
British Grove is Mark Knopfler's recording facility in Hammersmith, West London. Built in 2002 to represent the state of the art both in digital and analogue recording, there is no better studio in the UK. The recording room is large with a double height ceiling, and a very clear, pure acoustic.
An engineer sets up the M50 Decca Tree & other room mics.
The Hammersmith sessions were overseen by engineer Peter Henderson, best known for his work with Supertramp and Paul McCartney.
Inside the lid, showing a test setup of AKG D19, C12 stereo pair, Neumann FET 47 Pair, and the Neumann KU100 Binaural Head. The C12 + FET47 were not chosen for the final mic setup.
The placement of the Neumann KU100 head exactly replicates the player position.
The custom Neve console at British Grove. Remote preamps in the recording room are controlled by the desk to reduce cable run noise.
The piano is signed.
The Decca Tree room mics high-up in the roof. Neumann U87s are beyond as a spaced pair.
Inside the Steinway D.
The live room at British Grove.
Hammersmith was recorded using a rare Steinway Model D with a self-play MIDI system fitted. This meant we could get extremely, accurate reliable velocity samples from it, and we didn't have to use a player. No coughs, no mistakes, no breaks. The piano sat on it's own in a room for 5 days.. playing itself.
This is a Kontakt Player instrument. This means that you do not need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it. It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/WASAPI,compatible host program or DAW eg: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, DP, Reaper, Pro-Tools. No extra purchase necessary.
Windows 7 or higher (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB RAM recommended)
Mac: OS X 10.9 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM
Requires KONTAKT 5 or KONTAKT 5 PLAYER version 5.6.8 or later