cinesamples Piano in Blue
cinesamples Piano in Blue
cinesamples Piano in Blue

cinesamples Piano in Blue

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Cinesamples was provided a unique opportunity to preserve an important piece of musical history in its final days. Word had come to them that the historic Clinton Recording Studios in midtown Manhattan was forever closing its doors, destined to be transformed into a modern condominium complex. One of the many treasures contained therein was this particular Steinway Model D Concert Grand which used to live in the Columbia Records 30th Street Studios. The CBS 30th Street Studio, “The Church” was perhaps the most influential recording studio of the 50s and 60s producing dozens of legendary albums in various genres. Of those recordings this piano played a critical role in two albums which are still considered among the finest recordings of all time. First being the original Glenn Gould “Goldberg Variations,” the most critically received classical album of all time. Four years later came Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” which forever altered music.

The story continues...

About the recording
With a mind to the handful of historic pictures from  the recording Kind of Blue the engineer Tim Starnes (Drums of War, HollywoodWinds, Cinesnares, Cinetoms 2, CineCrash) set up three sets of microphones.  The first pair – the U49s from old Columbia set up in historical position, the two other pairs each set back a touch further from the other.

Cinesamples recorded two signal chains for each mic, a clean signal going through the Neve board and one going through a historic tape machine and finally into pro tools. Cinesamples highly suggest exploring the charming colorization of the tape signal but both are provided for your convenience. For some of the youngsters out there note that tape will alter the sound of medium to high gain velocity layers and that  often engineers go through great lengths to achieve this distortion.

Due to the delightful variances in timbre with each key the piano was sampled chromatically; this was the only way to get a true representation of the instrument


  •     1949 Steinway D via Neve 8078 Console
  •     8 Velocity Layers Sampled Chromatically
  •     9300 Samples
  •     3 Microphone Positions
  •     Close/Vintage – 2x Neumann M49 near the lid
  •     Mid – 2x B&K 4007 at the tail of the piano
  •     Far – 2x Sennheiser MKH20′s in the hall
  •     2 Processing Paths (Tape; Direct in)
  •     Studer A800MKIII  24 Track Analog Tape Machine
  •     Programmed by Sam Estes; scripted by Greg Schlaepfer; recorded by Tim Starnes
  •     As always we share our revenue with our brilliant team of programmers, engineers, editors and musicians.

Requires Full Version of Kontakt 5.3.1 or higher!

The minimum Kontakt version required to use this library is specified in the product description.

Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)

Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or 10.12, Intel Core Duo, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

for all

  •     1GB free disc space for application
  •     additional hard disc space according to the library size
  •     internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)


  •     Stand-Alone
  •     VST
  •     Audio Units
  •     ASIO
  •     CoreAudio
  •     WASAPI
  •     AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or later)

For your own protection this library is provided as individual personalized files including a
Digital Water Mark - DWM!

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