Native Instruments starts shipping Akoustik Piano

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS is excited to announce that AKOUSTIK PIANO is now available in stores worldwide. AKOUSTIK PIANO brings four classic pianos to life with unprecedented authenticity, flexibility and ease of use. AKOUSTIK PIANO recreates each nuance and detail of the original instruments by combining elaborate multi-sampling with sophisticated emulation of soundboard resonance and pedal behaviour. At the same time, it remains both efficient and convenient to use for a wide range of musical styles and applications.

AKOUSTIK PIANO includes three famous Grand pianos that have been at the heart of countless classical concerts and recordings for many decades – the powerful and dynamic Boesendorfer 290 Imperial, the crystal-clear and versatile Steinway D, and the gentle Bechstein D 280 with its subtle harmonic overtones. Also included is the Steingraeber Model 130, an acclaimed upright piano offering a warm, compact tone that can fit perfectly whenever a majestic Concert Grand sound is not the first choice.

AKOUSTIK PIANO puts a strong focus on the accurate recreation of soundboard resonance for realistic playing behaviour. Special attention was given to the authentic implementation of the sustain, sustenuto and soft pedals, even including the effect of pressing the sustain pedal after a note has been struck. Expert settings allow for individual changes to the soundboard resonance characteristics, the key and pedal noise, and the position of the piano lid for each of the four instruments.

AKOUSTIK PIANO also includes strikingly realistic ambience on the basis of an integrated state-of-the-art convolution reverb, offering accurate sonic representations of a Concert Hall, Recording Studio, Cathedral, and Jazz Club. Ambience characteristics can be fine-tuned in the Expert section of the instrument, which also includes various controls for stereo positioning, tuning, and velocity response as well as versatile 3-band-equalizer.

AKOUSTIK PIANO is available for a suggested retail price of $349 / 299 Euro from authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop.

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