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Native Instruments Akoustik Piano Software Synth

First Class Grand Piano Samples with Software Player. Compatible with Intel-based Macs. (39) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Native Instruments Akoustik Piano

Grand Slam
Akoustik Piano fuses the sampled sound, expressiveness and playability of three of the most reputable grand pianos - the Steinway D, Bechstein D 280 and Boesendorfer 290 Imperial - as well as the charismatic Steingraeber 130 vintage upright piano into one application. Akoustik Piano covers the entire range of piano sounds and styles, transfusing the sonic characteristics and subtle tonal nuances of all four into your computer - the perfect complement for studios, rehearsal rooms, schools, stages and clubs.

Three first class grands and one upright in a single, compact software instrument

Under The Lid
Akoustik Piano is the new benchmark in sound quality, capturing the full body and feel of the originals with unprecedented authenticity. The latest recording technology as well as a specially developed microphone setup was used for all 4 pianos. The result is a uniquely warm, transparent and flexible sound that delivers the same distinctive character of each individual piano in exacting detail and can still be adjusted to meet specific needs.

Intelligent Ivory
Akoustik Piano plays and responds exactly as real pianos do. The keys were sampled at varying velocities and great care was taken to capture the entire sustain and release phases. The brand new Layer Morphing Technology generates a seamless dynamic gradient. The characteristic resonances caused by use of the pedals can be adjusted as can the subtle mechanical noises of the pedals and keys themselves. From perfect pianissimo to forceful fortissimo, this instrument delivers the same breadth and depth of tone as the originals.

Enchanting Ebony
Akoustik Piano has a first-class integrated convolution module, allowing highly authentic spatial characteristics to be added to the sound. Place the piano in a studio, jazz club, concert hall and a cathedral or use the dry signal as it is. The acoustic parameters of these spaces, such as the size, can also be manipulated. From the close mic setup of a jazz combo to the more ambient nature of classic solo performance, Akoustik Piano covers the whole spectrum.

Availability: Akoustik Piano is scheduled for world wide release mid-September. Pre-order now in our Online Shop...

Top Features
3 famous grand pianos and 1 vintage upright piano

Extremely intuitive and clearly structured user interface

Integrated convolution module for high-quality controllable room acoustics

4 different room types with distinctive characteristics

Exceptionally high sample quality incl. sustain and release phases

"Layer Morphing Technology" ensures a seamless velocity gradient

Highly efficient sample engine based on Kontakt 2, including Direct from Disk

Adjustable mechanical noises of pedals and keys

Integrated metronome, recorder and flexible 3-band EQ

Keyboard velocity curve allowing response to be adjusted for different master keyboards

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iLok compatible

Interfaces
Stand-alone, Audio Units, RTAS, VST, DXi, Core Audio, DirectSound

System Requirements
Mac OS 10.3, G4 800 MHz, 512 MB RAM

Windows XP, Pentium 1 GHz / Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM

DVD Drive, 17 GB free hard disk space

Recommended System
Mac OS 10.4, G5 1.8 GHz, 1 GB RAM

Windows XP, Pentium IV / Athlon XP 3 GHz, 1 GB RAM

*DVD drive required.
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (39 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"Large Piano, Small Price."
Sound: I've noticed people complaining about the "muddy" midranges, "shoddy" bass, and so on. To fully appreciate a software of this complexity you need good equipment. My main computer is an HP laptop with an AMD 64 Athlon & 1Gb mem. The soundcard I use (for now) is the AC'97 built-in one. When amplified and played through good monitors the Akoustik sounds excellent. When I took it to band practice and played it through the P.A. it sounded horrible. That made me think: did this instrument get some bad reviews because its players put it through bad equipment? Probably. In my home system, when I play it live against other music also playing from my computer, you can't tell the difference, and this is whether I'm playing stuff by Queen, The Beatles, Chopin, or Chick Corea. Feature: Can't get simpler than this. Reverb presets (rooms) are in pictograms to the right with additional parameters and tweaks in the dropdown panel beneath the main interface. Audio/midi setup was easy, too. Since my soundcard doesn't have ASIO built in I used Asio4All. I get really good latency. Ease of Use: You know what I wish? I wish it didn't take so long for samples to load. I guess it's my fault. I loaded the 24bit version which resulted in my using 12Gb of HD space. Of course, loading the pianos is a piece of cake, I just wish it'd happen faster. Quality: It seems this category was intended for hardware, not software. Nevertheless, since this is software and therefore cannot be blemished or lose mechanical parts, I give it a 10 for sheer stability. Value: Nothing, of course, can replace the sound of an actual Bosendorfer or Steinway sitting in your face. That's just not possible. But with a good amplifier & monitors for, say $300, and the $300 spent for this product, that still costs way less than the thousands that would be spent for an actual concert piano. Plus this software takes up less space if, like me, you live in a small apartment. Manufacturer Support: I should really put no comment here since I have't dealt with NI directly. The Wow Factor: The Akoustik piano is gorgeous to both the eyes and ears. Sex Appeal? I don't know how that applies to software (unless it's "virtua porn"), but from what I've read, the NI Akoustik Piano is the best sounding one out there... Overall: ...but I just wish it wasn't so damn huge! 12Gb is a lot of space. I guess i shouldn't complain. The mileage I ope to attain from it should be worth it. i do wish it was much smaller, though. I've listen to DevVst's two demo pianos - Absolute Steinway & Absolute Bosendorfer. Both of them sound excellent and only clock in at around 350 Mb. They also only cost $49 each. Those two pianos might also be worth taking a chance on.
Style of Music: Rock, Reggae, Calypso, Country
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Sound: Off the chart. Astounding piano sounds that are better than any acoustic soft synth or VSTs that I've played...and I've played them all. And as far as comparing these sounds to a keyboard, forget it. No keyboard has come close to doing what Native Instruments did with this. Akoustik Piano is the major leagues. I've had a couple of piano majors from a nearby university come in to play it, and they are shocked by how good the pianos sound. The Steinway Grand is gorgeous. Feature: There are some very nice room acoustic options. There aren't many bells and whistles...but why would I need bells and whistles when I have 3 major-league grand pianos inside of my computer? Ease of Use: This is the most user-friendly VST that I own. Load it up and have your sequencing software find it, and you're off! Quality: A genius or two made this product. Value: It's one of the best investments that I've made for my studio. It's easily worth the money. Manufacturer Support: I haven't needed any help...and I'm no tech expert. The Wow Factor: It's not sexy. It's not cool. The sounds are absolutely gorgeous, and the touch sensitivity of it is hard to believe. You get the brightness of a hard strike of the key all the way to the darkness of a soft touch....blurry Debussy and Chopin styles, etc. etc. That's far better than sexy. Overall: I'll be satisfied until someone proves to me that there is a better product. I wish them luck. Akoustik Piano is as perfect as perfect gets in the world of computer-based recording or performing. I'd put this into a Muse Receptor or a Native Instruments Kore system for the road if I was traveling. The audience, no matter how educated, would be wondering where the grand piano is on the stage.
Style of Music: Anything....from the classics to modern pop styles.
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