One of the oldest Pianos for your sampler: realsamples releases virtual Stein Pianoforte from 1793

One of the oldest Pianos for your sampler: realsamples releases virtual Stein Pianoforte from 1793
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Following their ongoing Edition Beurmann, German sample manufacturer realsamples brings another piano of the renowned collection of Professor Andreas E. Beurmann, offering 32 velocity layers.

The Early Pianoforte library offers the unique sound of a historical pianoforte by Johann Andreas Stein built in Augsburg in 1793. Clearly showing influences of harpsichords of that time, the instrument sports an uncommon piano sound: Svelte, present and with courtly elegance.

Sporting a sound and feel far from any other pianoforte, the Stein instruments were a personal favorite of Mozart.

For great dynamics and feel, realsamples captured 32 velocity layers of each note. Far beyond the status quo of piano sampling - offering mostly just 4-5 velocity layers - this addresses a common problem often associated with digital sample pianos: The playing feel and sound of only a few layers is nothing like the real deal.

Furthermore, 8 varitions of each key release sound were recorded to complete the experience of this instrument.

The sample library contains more than 2500 single samples.

For the challenging task of recording the historical pianoforte, vintage Neumann™ TLM-170® microphones were used in conjunction with Crane Song™ Flamingo® preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® digital converters. For maximum sound quality, realsamples recorded in 192 khz/24 bits, resolutions of your choice are available as well.

The virtual Stein Pianoforte can be used with samplers like HAlion®, Kontakt®, EXS24®, Independence®, MachFive®, VSampler3® and GigaStudio®, amongst others.

The sample library is available in 44.1/48 khz, 96 khz and 192 khz resolution, starting at 159.95 US $. The instruments can be purchased directly on the realsamples website on DVD.

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In addition to the samples, the Early Pianoforte library contains an essay in German from Professor Andreas E. Beurmann himself, explaining both the historical and musical background of the instrument.

Professor Andreas E. Beurmann, born 1928, co-founded the record company Miller International in 1961, originating the radio play label Europa shortly after. At this time, Beurmann began to build his collection of old instruments which now ranks among the world’s most precious selections of historical instruments. It is partly on display at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.

The cooperation of Beurmann and realsamples now makes this instruments available to be played both at the museum in Hamburg, where a GigaStudio® system is to be installed, as well as in your personal studio with this sample library.

The Edition Beurmann also features many other instruments (including historical harpsichords and spinets) of the Beurmann collection.

Parts of the large collection (comprehending several hundreds of antique instruments) can be seen at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany (

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