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ALICIA'S KEYS from Native Instruments is a virtual piano instrument that features her own Yamaha C3 Neo grand piano. This unique and highly-sought after instrument was built to celebrate Yamaha's 100th anniversary in 2002, and represents the very top of the Conservatory Collection line. With it, Alicia Keys has created a virtual piano that meets her professional standards and embodies the soulful sound that has become her trademark.
Using vintage microphones and preamps and through detailed analysis of Alicia's playing, the production team succeeded in capturing the warm, soulful and inspiring sound of the C3 Neo all the way down to the finest nuances. Personnel involved with the project included sample specialist Thomas Skarbye (Scarbee), impulse response expert Ernest Cholakis, and engineer Ann Mincieli.
Great effort was put into making ALICIA'S KEYS as authentic as possible. Designed with incredible precision, and incorporating subtle details such as mechanical release noises, a specially developed sympathetic resonance and release system, and even the sound of fingers hitting keys (optional), this unique instrument delivers plenty of lively realism.
Note: Free KONTAKT 4 PLAYER or KONTAKT 4 (both in version 4.0.5 or higher) needed to run this product
The sound of Alicia Keys' own personal Yamaha C3 Neo piano: Almost 3,000 individual samples on 12 discrete velocity layers with and without pedal - equivalent to 17GB of uncompressed WAV files
Sampled from Alicia Keys' own playing, recorded in her studio with her own engineer
Developed with the artist and tailor-made for her recording and performance needs
Meticulous sampling technique including the noise of the finger hitting the keys (optional)
Sampled sustain and release phases with authentic implementation of the sustain pedal
All-new sympathetic resonance system for harmonics in undampened strings
Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz OS X 10.5 or higher 1GB RAM 7GB free disk space required for complete installation KONTAKT 4 PLAYER (free) or KONTAKT 4, version 4.0.5 (both) or higher For plug-in use host software that supports Audio Units, RTAS or VST formats
Pentium or Athlon XP 1.4GHz Windows XP (SP2, 32-bit), Vista (32-/64-bit) or Windows 7 (32-/64-bit) 1GB RAM 7GB free disk space required for complete installation KONTAKT 4 PLAYER (free) or KONTAKT 4, both in version 4.0.5 or higher For plug-in use host software that supports RTAS or VST formats
Native Instruments ALICIA'S KEYS - Virtual Piano Software Instrument Review