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    Piano library tunings

    Hi!

    Are sample piano libraries generally tuned to A=440 Hz or is it common to record for example A=442 Hz. I´ve heard that for example NI's Akoustik Steinway was recorded A=443 Hz. Another question (may be a stupid one) related to this: if the piano library was recorded for example A=442, is that the piano's pitch even if the global pitch is set to A=440 in the software sampler (Kontakt 2 in my case)?

    This has been bothering me since I noticed that the Black Grand (Sampletekk) seems to be tuned higher than TSO, I'm not quite sure though. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks!

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    Re: Piano library tunings

    The Black Grand is 442 Hz. The reason why it is are two: Steinberg recommends that tuning for the Steinway D model and this is te standard concert pitch for orchestral pianos.
    You can easily bring it down to 440 if you want.
    Worra
    SampleTekk

    Arf, arf, arf...

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    Re: Piano library tunings

    Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to change tunings on the Black? Say I want Velotti-Young? Or just something other than the standard even-tempered modern tuning of a piano.....

    JG

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    Re: Piano library tunings

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGrant
    Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to change tunings on the Black? Say I want Velotti-Young? Or just something other than the standard even-tempered modern tuning of a piano.....

    JG
    It sure would. And there is such a way. It is called the "Microtuning" script.

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    Re: Piano library tunings

    I didn't think that existed for GS, only Kontakt?

    JG

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    Re: Piano library tunings

    Great idea - so little time.....
    Worra
    SampleTekk

    Arf, arf, arf...

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    Re: Piano library tunings

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGrant
    I didn't think that existed for GS, only Kontakt?

    JG
    Ah, sorry I thought the whole world used K2 these days. Maybe a reason to jump ship?

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    Re: Piano library tunings

    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie Fønshauge
    Ah, sorry I thought the whole world used K2 these days. Maybe a reason to jump ship?
    What, and lose the freedom and power afforded by the GS Editor? Nah... I'll pass on locked sample libraries for as long as I can...



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    Re: Piano library tunings

    I do happen to have a copy of Kompakt on my computer, but I don't like the way it interacts with Cakewalk. And I prefer Cake to Cubase sx, which is the other midi software I use.

    JG

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    Re: Piano library tunings

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGrant
    I do happen to have a copy of Kompakt on my computer, but I don't like the way it interacts with Cakewalk.
    ??? Kompakt doesn't support scripting, only Kontakt 2 does. I run K2 as a DXi plugin in Sonar 6 without any problems.

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