Unique Sample-Based Virtual Instruments

How we work and produce digital sounds based on love

If it’s said that picture or photograph can speak a 1000 words for itself, then we believe that an illustration can speak and reveal much more than that. Therefore, our goal is to communicate with people through visual language and also to make a contribution to the Latvian cultural life.

From 2014 our concept has changed a bit and now we are "Popper Publishing". "Popper Publishing" is going to be a platform for books, artzines and other projects about illustration, graphic design, photography and fine art. Our main focus will still be on illustration with good old original Popper Magazine publishing.

Our 4 steps leading to perfection

Preparation

Felt offers a gentle tone with reduced attack noise, creating a smooth sound akin to an unplugged vintage electric piano, while Cotton delivers a noisier, percussive attack with more overtones.

The Recording

Classic condenser and ribbon microphones have been used, in combination with modern and vintage preamps by Chandler, Neve, API and Siemens to capture all details of the instrument’s sound.

The Interface

The Workbench page is used to sculpt the primary characteristics of the sound using a combination of different piano tones with additional noises and specific ambiences.

Pure realism

Using these note-on noises, a highly percussive attack sound with a ‘wooden’ feel can be added to the piano tone, resulting in a very organic and natural sound.

Great Piano as Hero-Picture

Virtual Piano Libraries

Noire

Experience firsthand the signature grand piano sound of composer and pianist Nils Frahm. This is the sound of a unique concert grand – handpicked by the artist, custom intonated, and augmented with a felt damper. We’ve captured the piano in its native habitat – the ambient environment of Saal 3 in Berlin’s renowned, Bauhaus-designed Funkhaus recording complex. The result is a unique, intense, and evocative instrument, with an atmosphere all of its own.

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Una Corda

The contemporary piano sound has faithfully been captured and transformed into a virtual instrument, introducing fresh sound elements unique in the digital world. UNA CORDA is based on a handbuilt ‚Klavins Una Corda 88’ modern upright piano, which has specifically been developed and optimized for sampling purposes.

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Definitive Piano Collection

Three exquisitely sampled pianos deliver the perfect sound for any production task. Together, these pianos offer unprecedented detail, and a varied and nuanced sonic range – from pristine realism to evocative washed-out ambiences. Get the flagship piano collection for a special bundle price.

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Even more Virtual Piano Libraries ...

Larger Than Life Piano

The Giant

THE GIANT captures the sound of the world's largest upright piano to deliver something even bigger: An intense, dynamic playing experience with a sound that is nothing short of inspiring.

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Expanded Concert Grand

Vienna Grand

VIENNA GRAND is comprised of sampling a Bösendorfer Imperial 290 grand piano. Established by Ignaz Bösendorfer in 1828, Bösendorfer are the oldest piano manufacturers still in production and have a history of constructing some of the worlds finest instruments.

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Intimate Vintage Grand

1929 German Baby Grand

Galaxy II’s 1929 GERMAN BABY GRAND is based on a Blüthner Model 150, built in 1929. The Blüthner piano company has been manufacturing the Europe’s finest pianos in their factory in Leipzig, Germany since 1853. 

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A LEGENDARY GRAND PIANO

Vintage D

Galaxy Instruments released Galaxy Vintage D, a virtual grand piano that is based on samples of Bauer Studios’ famous 1920 concert grand, which has served for legendary recordings. This exceptional grand piano was built in 1920 in a German factory in Hamburg.

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Cinematic Sound Libraries

Thrill

The performance instrument for playing spine-chilling atmospheres, clusters, and hybrid textures. Composers and sound designers are in need of dramatic sounds to create tension and underscore the visuals. The idea behind Thrill is the dynamic control of dynamically composed and recorded sample sets, that evolve and intensify their sound. Using the central X-Y performance controller, the tension of each sound can be increased and the sound morphed and modulated in real-time.

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Rise&Hit

The ultimate suspense instrument for spine-chilling, cinematic build-ups with exclusive sounds. For composers in cinematic production, dramatic build-ups and staggering conclusions are much in demand these days. This need for impressive, inspiring and complex tension building sounds and especially for a time saving concept for placing and time-adjusting those sounds within a scoring arrangement was the motivation to develop RISE & HIT.

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Galaxy X

GALAXY X features over 1400 convolution X-Files to completely change over 15 gigabytes of source sounds, all especially recorded and tweaked for this tool. Divided into three instrument categories, GALAXY X delivers a complete production pack. For instant use, you can choose from over 1000 ready-to-play instrument layers. With the specially created very intuitive and effective user interface, it's a snap to completely change an instrument layer or create new ones from scratch. Welcome to a new world of sound design.

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