The Giant

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Larger Than Life Piano

 

• Intense and dynamic playing experience

• Sampled from the Klavins Piano Model 370i

• Contains a dark, 'alter ego' ideal for cinematic use

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.

The Instrument

 

The world's biggest upright piano.

Personality

 

Sampled in amazing detail, THE GIANT is a unique instrument with an extremely strong low end, crystalline highs, rich overtones, plenty of punch, and a colossal sonic spectrum – from the devastating to the sublime.

The Recording

 

Due to its size, THE GIANT is an instrument in a class of its own and a challenge to record. The ‚i‘ in the name Klavins 370i means ‚integrated’, so we sampled THE GIANT in the chamber music hall where it was attached to the wall. Being divided into two acoustical zones by its 'balcony‘, it took a whole group of first class microphones to capture THE GIANT's huge sound range and all its details, among them DPA 4006 and 4011, Sennheiser MKHs and old Neumann KM53s. Great instruments deserve great microphones.

Two In One

 

THE GIANT is two instruments in one. The natural GIANT with its one-of-a-kind piano timbre and a dark, cinematic alter ego, effectively exists as a separate instrument alongside the main piano offering an irresistible playground for sound design and dramatic effects.

Realism

 

THE GIANT brings true piano feel to life. Over 2,300 individual samples and 15 velocity zones allow each note to come through with stunning realism. With mechanical and string 'noises' being a main part of a piano's realism, THE GIANT also features the 'dying string' realease sounds, the hammer noises and the pedal, damper and vibrant string noises, all individually adjustable.

Resonance

 

With a double-sized soundboard compared to classic concert grands, THE GIANT features an outstanding resonance. The pedal down resonance and the overtones have been sampled separately, enabling an individual adjustment of the resonant depth.

Sources

 

Create your own mix of unconventional, individually-sampled sound sources – overtones, resonances, plucked strings, release sounds and special techniques such as piano hits, kicks, sweeps or scratches – all directly and instantly playable from the interface, delivering professional results with a fast workflow.

Convolution

 

These avant-garde sounds are also enhanced with detailed control options and a dedicated FX convolution engine with over 100 special piano effect impulse responses.

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Larger Than Life Piano

 

• Intense and dynamic playing experience

• Sampled from the Klavins Piano Model 370i

• Contains a dark, 'alter ego' ideal for cinematic use