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Realistic Piano FAQs

Q. I would like to test myself the quality of Realistic Piano before buying it. Where can I download some samples?
A. You can download four of the original samples (stereo, 16 bit, 44Khz) here (2,7MB). You can load them into your soundbank editing program (like Vienna for soundfonts), your sample-enabled sequencer (like Cakewalk Music Creator), or into your software sampler (Reason, Reaktor, Gigastudio, etc.), then assign the samples to the proper keys ranges, and play your midi files. Please remember to assing every sample to more than one piano key, or only one key will have sound. The original Realistic Piano soundbanks use 21 carefully chosen stereo samples, but the package comes with 70 samples (over the whole keyboard range) that can be easily added.

Q. Realistic Piano is only 20 MB in size. Isn't that a small size, compared to the gigabytes of other sampled pianos?
A. Realistic Piano's size is contained, because the high quality of the single samples allows its assignement to more than one key; Typically, one sample is used for 3 to 4 adjacent keys. In a good (real) piano, the tone colour varies a little about every major third, still being homogeneous over the whole range, so, similarly, in Realistic Piano the timbre and quality of the soundbank is not so much affected if you assign one sample to a major second (three or four keys). A much larger soundbank also needs much more computer resources, especially in a large mix with many other instruments. The Realistic Piano will never choke up your computer.

Q. Is Realistic Piano a multilayer soundbank?
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No. Please consider that most multilayer, multi-gigabyte-soundbanks are seldom real multilayers. A little research on the web will show how many people are unhappy with them, because the lower-velocity layers are obtained merely by manipulating with sound processors the higher-velocity samples. This proceeding is not satisfactory when quality is required. Of course there are some exceptions, but real (and always expensive) multilayer soundbanks are a rarity.
The Realistic Piano makes an intelligent and transparent use of filtering, in order to simulate the sound behaviour of a real piano (an approach that, for example, Yamaha uses for most of its digital pianos).
It took endless time and trials, with the aid of professional pianists, in order to find the optimal filter combination and apply it to our soundbanks. The result is a stupendous, continuos and stepless change of sound color over all velocities, that faithfully respects the original and legendary Bösendorfer sound.

Q. Realistic Piano costs only € 19,90, therefore it is one of the least expensive soundbanks to be found online. Why is it so cheap?
You buy the Realistic Piano soundbanks directly from its manufacturer (see more information in the Order page), so you avoid the costs that distributors and shops would add to the final product (up to 500%). No money is spent in advertising or promotion.
The soundbanks were sampled on an instrument that belongs to the manufacturer of Realistic Piano, a professional classical pianist with an extensive concert and teaching career.
Moreover, we believe that, especially today, love for music must be encouraged in every possible way. Take the very affordable price of the Realistic Piano as our modest contribution to enable everybody the access to a more elevated sound world, where music counts more that profit.

If you have any further question, please feel free to write us.


 Some useful links

Secrets of making a large soundfont
If you download the demo samples of Realistic Piano, here is explained how to make them sound
with your computer/keyboard.

Translator is the ultimate program for converting sampler formats. It also converts really correctly all parameters.
Official Soundblaster homepage. Latest drivers, documentation, support, downloads.
The official Soundfonts page by Creative. Great tutorials and FAQs

The main source for music shareware and demos.

Northern Sounds sample library discussions
A very informative forum for discussions related to sounds for sampling.

HarmonyCentral synth database
"Whether you are a beginner looking for some help and advice, or an expert looking to share your knowledge, the Harmony Central User Forums are the place to be".

sfz sample player
High quality sample-playback engine. Freeware version, too.

Extreme Sample Converter
If you need to convert your soundbanks to other formats, and don't want to do the rather boring job alone.

More links to come...


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Updated 17 August 2008