The Maverick

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Characterristic Vintage Grand

 

• One-of-a-kind, unconventional sound

• State-of-the-art sample quality for rich, dynamic performance

• Sampled from a vintage 1905 grand piano

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The Maverick

 

An expressive vintage grand piano, sampled in meticulous detail for authentic tone and distinctive character. Perfectly suited to pop, rock, urban, and jazz.

Instrument

 

THE MAVERICK is an impeccable recreation of a sonically-singular instrument – a 1905 concert grand made for the Prince of Prussia. THE MAVERICK delivers a wide range of color and an unconventional sound where every key has character – a singular piano built for royalty.

Personality

 

THE MAVERICK features an unconventional headstrong grand piano. The tonal dynamics range from a very soft piano to a cut-through forte. Every key has its own personality, added together, they give the Maverick an exceptional tonal character.

The Recording

 

For the recordings of THE MAVERICK we went to Sandhaus Studios near Heidelberg in Germany. Its recording hall, the Clara Wieck-Auditorium, has a size of over 150 m² and, with its rich and dense tone, is acoustically optimised for piano recordings. A great piano deserves a great room.

The Interface

 

The MAVERICK’s extensive tweaking options make it perfect for all contemporary productions: Control the levels of the pedals, damper, string and hammer sounds. Adjust the timbre with the Color knob. Turn the Dynamic knob to change the dynamic range. The Lid control adjusts brightness. And built-in effects allow you to you fine-tune the sound without ever leaving the interface.

Realism

 

THE MAVERICK brings true piano feel to life. Over 2,500 individual samples and 18 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 MAVERICK also features the 'dying string' realease sounds, the hammer noises and the pedal, damper and vibrant string noises, all individually adjustable.

Timbre

 

Changes the tone colour or timbre from soft (left) to hard (right) by readjusting the sample mapping. It's a dynamic way of mapping, while balancing the volume differences between softer and harder samples. As a result of turning the 'Colour' knob to the right, you will hear the piano sound 'harder', crispier, and with 'more attack'. Turning it to the left it'll sound 'warmer', 'softer' and with less 'attack'.

Resonance

 

We sampled the resonating strings with the sustain pedal up and down seperately enabling an individual adjustment of THE MAVERICK's resonance using the 'Resonance', the 'Depth' and the 'Overtones' controls.

Definitive Piano Collection

 

THE MAVERICK is a part of the DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION – an exquisite set of pianos also featuring THE GRANDEUR and THE GENTLEMAN. Together, these pianos offer outstanding detail and a varied and nuanced sonic range – from pristine realism to evocative washed-out ambiences. Get the entire collection for a special bundle price.

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Characterristic Vintage Grand

 

• One-of-a-kind, unconventional sound

• State-of-the-art sample quality for rich, dynamic performance

• Sampled from a vintage 1905 grand piano