IK Multimedia puts a piano on Mars (sort of), as it announces that its new Pianoverse plugin was created with the help of a “sampling robot” that has an almost human finger

OK, we acquired it barely incorrect – we assumed it was going to be referred to as Modo Piano – however IK Multimedia has certainly launched a brand new piano instrument plugin, Pianoverse.

We’re guessing that the Modo branding wasn’t appropriate right here due to the best way Pianoverse generates its sounds, that are primarily based on a painstakingly captured set of samples. In reality, IK says that it went so far as to create a “sampling robotic” to play the pianos being recorded. That is stated to function “an especially exact and silent linear motor with an elastic actuator on prime made to carry out precisely like a human finger.” Blimey.

All of the samples have been recorded utilizing proprietary software program in a bid “to seize every piano’s true sonic DNA”. The particular piano fashions that have been subjected to this apparently forensic course of embody the Yamaha CFIII Live performance Grand, a Yamaha U5 Skilled Upright, a Bösendorfer 280 Vienna Live performance and a Steinway & Sons New York D-274.

All of those might be accessed inside Pianoverse – although they’re priced individually, we must always say – and extra, equivalent to a Bösendorfer 200, a Steinway & Sons Hamburg D-274, a Fazioli F278 and a Koch & Korselt Upright, are on the best way.

IK Multimedia Pianoverse

Pianoverse itself is predicated on a brand new engine that options redesigned spherical robin and voice administration to assist authenticity. For every instrument, you may regulate the lid place, harp resonance, pedal noise and the noise of the piano mallets, and there’s three-pedal help.

And it doesn’t finish there: every piano comes with two units of mics, considered one of which has a ‘classical’ sound and the opposite a extra fashionable, upfront tone. Each the piano and mic indicators might be handled with EQ and compression, and there’s a ultimate grasp channel with EQ, a VCA-style limiter and a stereo width management.

You can too select to place your piano in considered one of all kinds of digital areas – not solely in a live performance corridor, but additionally a warehouse, a vault, on an iceberg, in a desert and even on the floor of Mars. Every area might be formed in quite a lot of methods, and it appears like there’s appreciable scope for creating lush, ambient soundscapes.

And that’s earlier than you get to the 12 new results, which might be inserted on three simultaneous slots. There are 4 modulation sources, too – two envelopes and two LFOs – that may add further motion to those processors.

Pianoverse runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX codecs and is offered for the introductory value of $100 per piano (common value can be $130 per piano). Alternatively, you may signal as much as a subscription plan that offers you entry to all present and forthcoming pianos. This prices $15 a month or $149 a yr.

Discover out extra on the IK Multimedia web site.

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