Developed with Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys, this new software re-creates her personal Yamaha "C3 Neo" grand piano and is based on Native Instruments' Kontakt 4 sampler platform. The instrument was meticulously recorded in Keys' personal studio by her engineer, Ann Mincieli, and sampling expert Thomas Scarbee during the course of two years, using vintage microphones and high-end outboard studio gear.
The software uses 17GB of high-resolution samples with 12 discrete velocity layers per note, and sophisticated emulation of crucial sonic aspects like key release, sustain pedal functionality and sympathetic resonance. The user interface provides control over the sound to further adjust it to the specific musical context and personal playing style, and also includes a studio-quality convolution reverb that provides various authentic room ambiences ranging from a small piano chamber to a large stage or concert hall.
Alicia's Keys can be used on any Windows and Macintosh computer with the included free Kontakt Player, and can also be loaded into the full-featured professional Kontakt 4 sampler for additional sound editing.
Alicia's Keys will be available in April 2010 for a suggested retail price of $119. Find out more information about Alicia's Keys.