Big Fish Audio True Keys: Pianos Virtual Instrument (Download)

Big Fish Audio True Keys: Pianos Virtual Instrument (Download)

Big Fish Audio True Keys: Pianos Virtual Instrument (Download)


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  • 3 Sampled Pianos
  • Runs on UVI Engine
  • 50,000 Samples
  • Mix Control with 3 Mics
  • RTAS, VST, and AU Plug-In Formats
  • Mac & PC
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True Keys: Pianos from Big Fish Audio is a virtual instrument created by recording nearly 50,000 audio files using multiple microphones. The audio files are matched to their corresponding piano, note, microphone position and velocity to build an electronic version of the piano. Next, the audio files are loaded into a software playback device called an engine that runs on a scripting language to mimic the natural sound and playability of a real piano.

True Keys is built using real audio samples in every aspect of the software. From the individual microphone positions to the samples sympathetic resonance. Everything you hear is real.

Three Pianos
3 of the most popular grand pianos in the world have been sampled for True Keys based on craftsmanship and general tonality to ensure a wide array of tones between the library. From the pronounced low end and bombastic sound of the Italian Grand to the sweet and subtle nuances in the American Grand and everything in between True Keys Pianos is designed to be a versatile asset in your recording studio or for your live performance
A Virtual Studio
Three phase-aligned microphone setups, plus a stereo mixdown of all three offer a wide variation of tonal colors from each piano. The Side position is mono and mid-side compatible.
Grand pianos are large instruments and can be challenging to record really well. A microphone in one position of the piano may sound great for a jazz ballad but may not fit for a classical piece. In a studio recording situation, microphones can be adjusted and moved to suit the recording. Instead of limiting True Keys to one tonal option acquired during recording, multiple discreet setups were used and are selected and mixed on the interface
The sympathetic resonances within a real piano are what bind the sound together to make the sound rich and full. True Keys uses real samples for both sympathetic and sustain pedal resonance
Long sustains are rich with harmonics that naturally evolve just like real life grand pianos. True Pedal Action and Repedal add additional harmonics and enable the sound to be "repedaled" with the damper pedal. These features have been developed to mimic the real pianos
Una Corda
True una corda sustain and release samples give the soft pedal more realism. Use a soft pedal, or simply switch on the una corda from the interface, and experience the variation in tone with these samples
Release samples are carefully recorded and voiced for each key and are numerous and timed for the utmost realism. Most noticeable is having true staccato release trails that make staccato playing more realistic. Along with resonances, the release trails give body and depth to the real pianos
Half Pedal
No part of the sound in True Keys is modeled or synthesized in any way, nor is the half pedal feature. When the sustain pedal is held near a user-defined halfway point the effect known as half pedaling can be heard
In a real piano, the dampers at half pedal are very light on the strings, and the sound is only partially dampened with resonant trails left over. Also, the damper pedal noise volume can be adjusted and will respond to the speed in which the pedal is used
You have full control over the response of the library. From the minimum velocity to the velocity curve or the dynamics, you have all the tools to match your keyboard response and your taste
When True Keys was being developed, sampling technology was adequate in many ways, but not perfect. Big Fish's first goal was to find a technology partner that shared their obsession with quality and detail. They began working with a company based out of France called UVI. They are the company behind many popular sound products such as Mach 5 by MOTU. And True Keys now uses this engine and the free player that we provide: the UVI Workstation.
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Big Fish Audio TKEYS01-PU Specs

Compatibility Cubase
Digital Performer
FL Studio
Intel Mac
MachFive 3
Pro Tools
Studio One
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel) or later
Windows XP SP2 or later
UVI Engine 2.0.8 or later (included) or MachFive 3
Intel Core Duo System (or equivalent)
2 GB RAM (4 GB suggested)
64 GB free disk space for all 3 pianos
Host software that supports RTAS, VST or AU plug-in formats

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