NEW * HYBRID
MODULAR: DESIGN YOUR OWN
The Hybrid Pianos are unlike any other piano
library available today. They allow you to build your own
piano by selecting:
The Piano, there are 4 basic piano sample sets to choose
Body Resonance, through several Convolution Presets.
Room Ambience, through 30+ Convolution prestets.
Hammer Recoil Noise (as soon as you release a key, even
when the sustain pedal holds the note, you hear the hammer
Release Sound, the sound of the strings beeing damped when
the dampers return.
Amount of Sustain, both sympathetic resonance and sustain
resonance amounts can be controlled
You get total control over all these
aspects of the sound.
Simply drag and drop the elements
you want to add in your sampler and adjust each component to
your personal taste. You can open reverb or sustain resoance
presets in GPulse by dragging encoded gig files in a stack or
open (a chain of) concolution preset(s) in Kontakt 2.
Additionally you have full control over the amount of the
additional noises and sustain.
This allows you to tailor a
piano completely to your whishes. Design your own piano!
HYBRID? New Technology
technologies PMI re-invented the principle of piano sampling.
The hybrid piano principle works like this: instead of
recording one piano with a fixed microphone plot, we captured
the different elements as separate building blocks.
- The body-less piano strings, captured as clean as possible,
- the different piano bodies, capturing the typical brand characteristics,
- the acoustic environment, rooms, halls etc. Each of these building blocks are captured with
very high precision.
Using our new hybrid
recombination technique, we re-assemble these components to
create a hybrid piano which gives us total control over the
different aspects that form a piano sound.
recombination technology we use is a complex mathematical
series of calculations, based on morphing, convolution and
spectral recombination, and is performed off-line by us using
an array of computers. The resulting audio samples have higher
definition and clarity, better dynamic response and a very
distinctive character. Aspects such as piano body structure,
typical piano brand sound impression and acoustic space are
“rendered” on a sample-by-sample basis for a minimum of 20
dynamic nuances of each note. These 20 dynamic layers
(velocity layers) are further processed in real-time with
a convolution engine effect to smoothen transients and
harmonics. The result is a seemless dynamic response with 127
steps without any noticable gaps or "dead spots".
result of spectral recombination the sample can be looped at
positions where the sonic fingerprint falls in repeating
patterns. This results in sample sets that can be surprisingly
small; below 1.5 GB for a 20 layer 24 bits piano! This allows
you to load these sample sets completely in RAM memory and
overcome polyphony limitations imposed on your system by
direct from disk streaming methods that your sampler would
The acoustic space can also be added
with a convolver at the end phase (upon playback) if desired.
The HYBRID pianos come with a vast number of acoustic spaces
and special effects IR's that can be used through the
convolution engine of your sampler to re-create the acoustiuc
space you want.
The first piano sample sets that
resulted from this technology demonstrate their amazing sonic
And most important: These new pianos
are an absolute joy to play! They respond much more like
real acoustic instruments than any other samples. They give
you the “feel” of a real instrument.
The HYBRID PIANOS
libraries are now available and individual pianos can
be downloaded from our direct delivery system.
Current sampler formats are GigaStudio 3 and
The HYBRID PIANOS COLLECTION DVD contains 4
- AUDIO DEMO EXAMPLES in 320 kbps MPeg Layer 3
HYBRID PIANO Nr
Borderland ©Bruce Mitchell/SOCAN MUSIC
Wanderer ©Bruce Mitchell/SOCAN MUSIC
HYBRID PIANO Nr.2
Poem for Piano
Sonata in F min Jie
BORDERLAND Hall ©Bruce Mitchell/SOCAN
WANDERER ©Bruce Mitchell/SOCAN MUSIC
Bright Oranges on the Edge © Sean Beeson
+ marimba, strings: EWQLSO Pro
WANDERER ©Bruce Mitchell/SOCAN MUSIC
Borderland ©Bruce Mitchell/SOCAN MUSIC
HYBRID PIANO Nr.4
Poem for Piano
Sonata in F min Jie
BORDERLAND ©Bruce Mitchell/SOCAN MUSIC
To let you evaluate the Hybrid Pianos on your own sampler
(which actually is the only way to really get to know a new
sample lib) we created two demo files. The Playable Kontakt
demo file is a fully functionial K2 multi which includes a
fully operational HolyGrail Add-On demo version. The Kontakt
Demo Instrument is using Hybrid Piano Nr. 2. It offers two
full octaves plus all C's with all 20 velocity layers and full
24 bits wavefiles that are exactly as in the full version. The
Giga demo is similar but uses Hybrid Nr.1. You can find the
demo files, details about the features of the demos, the
product manuals, IR and GPulse content and all the download
Any Mac or PC with at least 512 MB of
RAM and Kontakt 2 or GigaStudio 3 installed will do.
Approx. 9 GygaByte disk space for the full library (on a
fast hard drive).
NOTE: The modular design allows you
to enable all kinds of effects and this will reflect on CPU
and polyphony. So we do recommend using the fastest machine
you can get. And in Kontakt 2 performance can be dramatically
improved by loading the piano sets in RAM only, keeping DFD
disabled. If your system has over 1.5 GB of RAM you can load
Hybrid 1, 2 or 3 as Sample instead of DFD instrument.
is using the latest developments in sampling software to bring
the sampled piano to a new level of realism and
Holy Grail in Kontakt 2
aspects of the piano sound, that were previously impossible to
recreate with samples, are now available to the pianist:
- Sostenuto and
- IR-based ambience and stereo
- IR-based body resonance;
Seemingly unlimited dynamic
range and responsiveness;
- 24bit samples for pristine audio
- Total freedom of tuning;
- Surround Sound
the holy grail of piano sampling…
Which are touched in
centuries before Steinway made it's
first grand piano)
PMI finally has the technology to make accurate
reproduction of the sympathetic
of the non-struck piano strings possible. By using scripting
technology this very important effect that was missing in
sampled piano libraries until now has become “unleashed”.
The principle behind sympathetic
is simple enough:
When a key is pressed on an acoustic
piano, the strings for the keys which are already pressed
vibrate sympathetically. The fundamental and overtones of the
struck string generate vibrations in the corresponding
non-struck strings that start to "sing".
note played is going to excite all the other open strings and
change their overtones very dynamically. Previously every note
on a sampled piano always used to stand alone and play the
same every time.
resonating of non-struck strings is called sympathetic
resonance and adds the brilliance and life in a real piano.
Sympathetic resonance in PMI piano libraries is achieved by
using scripts in Native Instruments new Kontakt
2 flagship sampler. A set of resonating string samples is
"activated" by a piece of artificial intelligence that
reproduces the sympathetic resonance phenomena with extreme
this effect 2 components are used:
- one is for the sympathetic
of the non-struck strings using a script that triggers the
- one is for the body resonance
of the piano. A convolution engine excites a
resonance model of the ENTIRE
piano harp, exciting the string resonances that have a
harmonic relationship with the keys struck. Pushing through a
"chromatic" piano body impulse, the tone exciting the impulse
will determine which of the chromatic resonances will have
impact on the sound. If you play an "A" you only hear
resonances related to "A" up its overtone series. The
frequency components which go "un-excited" will simply
disappear underneath the overall sound and be unnoticeable.
sympathetic resonance is using Kontakt 2’s unique scripting
possibilities. These scripts (like the one pictured below)
have an interface which allows ultimate control over each
generated harmonic as well as integration with sustain,
sostenuto and soft pedals. The script below was created by
Olivier Frappier (www.audiolivepro.com).
and recorded “sustain”
‘pedal down’ and ‘release/staccato resonance’ elements are
created with convolution impulse models (i.e. more than half
of the traditional digital samples can be left unused!) and
with traditional sample based recordings. Overall
responsiveness is greatly improved. The traditional
limitations of sample based pedal dynamics, continuously
varying note release have been transcended, with far greater
dynamic accuracy, playability and sonic
amazing dynamic range and responsiveness is achieved by using
multiple velocity layers. The Gold Bundle pianos (EMPEROR and
OLD LADY) use up to 26 recorded dynamic nuances for each key!
Instead of sampling
a piano by capturing a single overtone series for that strike
velocity and then using a lowpass filter for lower velocities,
PMI piano libraries have all velocity variations recorded. The
use of Low-pass filtering does not capture the way the
overtone series really progresses with strike velocity and
also does not capture degrees of sound from the transient of
the hammer strike, which is the loudest part of the sound. The
big multi-strike sample sets created by PMI are giving an
incredible smooth response that is almost un-distinguishable
from a real piano. This
ensures a seemingly unlimited dynamic range and
ambience and stereo
technology makes it possible to “sample” a room or hall, a
microphone or even an effect processor and “impose” that
sample on other sounds. This is done by using Impulse
Responses. An Impulse
Response captures the true acoustics of a performance
also known as "sampling reverbs", let's you put any audio
signal inside an acoustic space of your choosing, such as
different concert halls, a performance club, a soundstage, a
church, an intimate room or other spaces. It also allows
precise control over an instrument's position on stage and the
listener perspectives in the audience.
Kontakt 2 comes with a convolution unit that can be placed on
the output channel or inside an instrument for flexible
control over the ambience and stereo imaging. Impulse
responses from microphones “impose” the typical
characteristics of these microphones on any other signal. This
enables the user to –say- change a piano recorded with an AB
set of omni-directional tube
microphones into a piano sound recorded trough a
MS-set of condenser microphones. Impulses from existing
hardware processors “impose” the exact effect as the actual
hardware effect would do. The creative possibilities are
limited by the imagination of the user
bit samples are used for pristine audio quality. All PMI piano
libraries are available in true 24 bits audio quality. The
increased bit depth results in a much wider dynamic range than
the 16 bit cd-audio quality previously used in
freedom of tuning
of the most important aspects of piano technology is perhaps
the tuning of the instrument. Piano tuning is like a science
of it’s own and piano tuners have
years of experience and knowledge that were used while
sampling PMI’s pianos. Additionally NI Kontakt2 offers extreme
new possibilities. Non-traditional tunings are as simple as
selecting them from the tuning menu. Individual tuning systems
can be set up using either a special script or using a graphic
editor. These two options combined with PMI’s extreme
attention to every detail during the recording process ensure
that PMI pianos are always “in tune” with your music.
3 pedal are now fully implemented.
Having all the pedals available at all times gives the pianist
complete control over his performance.