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SAMPLED IN SHIMMERING DETAIL

“What an emotional story, what a really amazing sample instrument.”

Christian Henson

BEST PIANO OF 2021

We are so proud to have won Pianobook’s best piano of 2021

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THE STORY

BLÜTHNER STYLE 6 #90513

The old family piano. It comes to me now after the passing of my mother on March 16th 2020. She was diagnosed with ASL 6 months earlier. On that night she is in her bed, unable to speak, struggling for air. A ventilator, pressing oxygen to her failing lungs, hisses and puffs. Its soft timely heaving, devastatingly peaceful. The Piano is right next to her and I want to play something for her but somehow I just can’t.

Later I wish I had given myself to that.

This 1913 piano is also showing its age. It has a cracked frame but still holds it’s tuning. In the months after her passing the idea of sampling this piano begins to obsess in me. I want to remember its sound long after it is gone. It is only later that I realise, this is my catharsis.

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I have samples every note in five velocity layers, pedal up and pedal down and all of it again with the soft pedal engaged. There are two mic positions utilising three mics each.

Outside (far left on the mic dial) was recorded with two PDA 4001’s for wide stereo and an SE3300 for mono fill placed just above the keyboard almost inside the hammers with the keyboard lid removed. This is an attempt to try capture the sound of the piano as I remember it.

Inside (far right on the mic dial) was receded with two AKG C414’s in XY with a The TUL F47 is modelled on the Neumann U47 FET built by Tully McCullagh in Cape Town as mono fill. The inside mics have a much closer stereo field but a beautiful clear attack which compliments the outside array.

LISTEN NOW

A collection of sounds

Something To Love

By Richard Vossgatter

Senegal

By Richard Vossgatter

Is That You

By Richard Vossgatter

Solving Puzzles

By Richard Vossgatter

I Hope You Stay

By Richard Vossgatter

Lighthouse *

By Chris Howard

* Commissioned for PAPYRUS which exists to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives, by shattering the stigma surrounding suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to emotional distress. We believe that no young person should have to struggle alone with thoughts of suicide.

LISTEN NOW

A collection of sounds

Something To Love

By Richard Vossgatter

Senegal

By Richard Vossgatter

Is That You

By Richard Vossgatter

Solving Puzzles

By Richard Vossgatter

I Hope You Stay

By Richard Vossgatter

FEATURES

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Bluthner GUI Original

GUI

The Blüthner Style 6 GUI is simply elegant

Three main knobs control key and pedal noise, mic position and dynamics respectively.

The reverb and delay master knobs control the amount of reverb and delay in your mix.

The Soft Pedal button switches between Soft Pedal on or off. The Soft pedal or Una Corda (One string) gives a muted felt tone to the notes and is hauntingly quiet.

 

SAMPLES

Long notes - Inside mic position - 30

– Sustain Pedal Up – Full Note Resonance
– Sustain Pedal Down – Full Note Resonance
– Soft Pedal – Sustain Pedal Up – Full Note Resonance
– Soft Pedal – Sustain Pedal Down – Full Note Resonance

Long notes - Outside mic position - 30

– Sustain Pedal Up – Full Note Resonance
– Sustain Pedal Down – Full Note Resonance
– Soft Pedal – Sustain Pedal Up – Full Note Resonance
– Soft Pedal – Sustain Pedal Down – Full Note Resonance

Short Notes – Inside Mic Position – 30

– Pedal Up
– Pedal Down
– Soft Pedal – Sustain Pedal Up
– Soft Pedal – Sustain Pedal Down

Short Notes – Outside Mic Position – 30

– Pedal Up
– Pedal Down
– Soft Pedal – Sustain Pedal Up
– Soft Pedal – Sustain Pedal Down

Noise – Inside Mic Position

– Keys Press – 30 
– Pedal Press

Noise – Outside Mic Position

– Keys Press – 30 
– Pedal Press

TECHNICAL SPECS

1777 Samples
4.46 GB Compressed WAV
4.35 GB Download
MacOS

Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update) Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)

Free Updates
Kontakt 6.7 or upwards
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PC

Windows 10 or 11 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2 GB RAM Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher

FAQ

Kontakt 6.7 or upwards.

Yes you can. Once you have purchased this, you can use it freely.

Unfortunately we don’t offer refunds on any software based release. Please contact us if you have any problems though. 

Your choice. 

Minimum 8GB. The Blüthner Style 6 will load up about 2.75GB into RAM so that can feel a little heavy. Kontakt allows you to purge the samples and will then only load the samples you are playing into RAM as you play them. This is not a problem with SSD drives but with spindle HD drives you will have to update the sample pool as you go. 

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