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INTRODUCING TRUE KEYS PIANOS
Three deeply sampled virtual concert grands

True Keys is a virtual piano collection based on three highly revered concert grands. With nearly 50,000 audio files recorded with multiple high end mics and preamps, the pure sound of these instruments is available at your fingertips. Advanced scripting and specialized sampling replicate the fine mechanical details of each piano down to the resonances and noises of each key.

Each piano is entirely sample-based. You have full control of the aspects of the piano such as release trails and pedal noise. Three individual mics plus a custom mix along with many more controls offer tremendous flexibility in getting the perfect sound. Fast loading times and minimal resource usage made possible with the UVI Workstation sample player all make for a powerful but easy to use virtual piano.


AUDIO AND VIDEOS
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VI Labs - True Keys Pianos Features Three Grand Pianos
THE PIANOS
World class concert grands, entirely sample based

True Keys American delivers the majestic sound of the Steinway D© nine foot concert grand. With powerful bass, robust attack and deep sustaining overtones, this versatile instrument can rise above a full orchestra or stand out in a busy mix. It also has a dark delicate side, mellow and rich, especially when played with the stereo ribbon Side mic. This grand has a classic American sound and is a staple of stages and studios worldwide.

True Keys Italian is the largest piano of this collection and has the brightest sound. Often crowned the World's best piano, the Fazioli F308© provides the sound for our Italian grand. At a staggering 10 feet 2 inches in length, the instrument has immense power with long sustains and rich harmonics. The Una Corda pedal is particularly expressive letting you go from whisper soft to a thunderous fortissimo instantly, with even voicing across the entire register.

True Keys German puts you at the keys of the superb Bechstein© semi-concert grand and has the shortest length of the True Keys pianos at about 7 feet 5 inches. These pianos are known for their precision voicing, clear bell-like tones and deep bass. Smaller in scale than a 9 foot concert grand, it can be less obtrusive in a mix but still cut through when aggressively played. It's also most suitable of the True keys pianos for soft lyrical playing.

A VIRTUAL STUDIO AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Three discreet sampled microphones plus a custom mix
Grand pianos are large instruments and are notoriously challenging to record well. A specific microphone in one area of the piano might work great in a jazz mix but not fit for a Romantic classical solo. The real piano in the studio can offer many mic and placement options to dial in the perfect sound.

True Keys offers three fully mixable mic setups as well as a ‘best of’ mix of all mics as separate samples. Each mic setup was chosen for its versatility and character to suit any style of playing. The Close mics have a punchy modern sound with a wide stereo image and deep bass. Player delivers the pianist’s perspective with more distance and plenty of hammer attack. Side is a stereo ribbon offering a warmer tone and full even response. The Mix position is a combination of all mics for a quick and less processor intensive option.

ADVANCED FEATURES
Customize every aspect of the sound. Click an image below to learn more.
Sympathetic resonances of real pianos add complex dimensions to the sustain. The richness and extra harmonics of all the strings sing together. Unlike other libraries and digital pianos, True Keys uses discreet samples plus complex scripting for both sympathetic and pedal-down resonance. This truly realistic resonance simulation is fully adjustable in volume and polyphony giving a high level of control.
REAL SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE
Deep rich resonances made possible only with real samples.
All three grand piano pedals are available in True Keys and can be mapped to any MIDI controller of your choice. The pedal-down resonance is tied to the sustain pedal and responds physically like the real grand. Repedal allows more blending control as notes continue to sustain during quick pedal actions. Half-pedal works with your continuous sustain pedal using real samples and is customizable to your pedal. Sostenuto is supported and works with sympathetic resonance.
AUTHENTIC PEDAL FEATURES
Full grand piano pedal control and adjustability.
The strings of a piano don’t immediately stop singing when a played key is released as the damper has to absorb the energy. This characteristic ‘ring’ left over gives the piano extra resonance and body. Release trail samples are carefully voiced for each key and respond based on both velocity and time. Just as playing a key, what happens when a key is released is also an important component of a real piano.
RELEASE TRAILS
Thousands of detailed release samples including true staccato trails.
The una corda or soft pedal on a grand piano changes the tone in two ways. Hammers hitting three strings shift slightly so they only hit two strings which results in less volume. Plus a softer part of the hammer hits the strings creating a warmer tone. This unique tone is captured fully with discreet samples and provide another way to alter the volume and voicing. This completes the full pedal setup of the real grand.
UNA CORDA SAMPLES
Discreet soft pedal sustain and release samples add to the tonal palette.
Ravenscroft 275 is designed to feel great with any keyboard right out of the box. For custom control, you can adjust the MIDI velocity response and volume curve independently. The acoustic Ravenscroft grand has an incredibly deep response in voicing and volume which you'll feel in Ravenscroft 275 and can be customized for a variety of controllers. The MIDI panel also shows incoming and outgoing MIDI velocity values and offers Bend to control the overall response curve, in and out min and max points to limit velocity response, and the ability to draw any custom curve you want.

The Tuning panel offers the ability to set Base tune for the entire piano as well as creating your own tunings key by key, in Cents or Ratio. Micro-tunings are supported and several tuning presets are included.
MIDI RESPONSE AND TUNING
Intuitive controls for MIDI and volume response deliver a great feel with any controller. Choose and create custom tunings from the Tuning Panel.
Everything is sample-based down to the adjustable key noise and damper pedal samples. The Repetition strike feature varies the tone when repeating the same key with the pedal down. Go brighter or darker with the Tone control, and select from 22 superb IR convolution reverbs representing all sizes of rooms. MIDI and volume response are fully adjustable to fit your playing style and controller. Custom key and master tuning controls with presets are also included. All three pianos sound and respond great ‘out of the box’ with the most natural sound possible. True Keys was designed to offer the best playing experience with the least amount of effort. MIDI and volume response, custom tuning controls, key noise samples, pedal noise of dampers responds to pedal speed, repetition strikes, tone control, polyphony settings and 22 superb convolution IR reverbs.
COMPLETE SOUND CONTROL
Sampled key and pedal noise plus MIDI response and IR reverbs.

 

FREE SAMPLE PLAYER
True Keys : Pianos comes with its own sample player, the UVI Workstation 2 (requires v2.5.9 or later).
We provide it for free with every library that you buy, you don't need to buy an expensive sampler to use our products. It works on Mac (10.7 or later) and PC (windows 7 or later), in standalone or as a plugin (VST / AU / AAX) and in 32 and 64 bits and is compatible with all modern daws. You can find more info about it here. If you want to use our products in osx 10.5 or 10.6 or windows XP, please contact us, you will need UVI Workstation v2.1.8 and earlier versions of the UFS files, keep in mind that this older version requires the use of an iLok dongle.
Very stable and efficient UVI engine.
The iLok dongle not required.
You can install your library on up to 3 computers and without any use of a dongle.
Powerful sample player, incredible scripting engine.
 
True Keys : Pianos is also compatible with UVI's Falcon.
KEY FEATURES
  • Around 50,000 samples of 3 of the most popular grand pianos in the world
  • 100% sample-based, no modeling or synthesis used
  • Very efficient use of RAM and CPU resources
  • 4 discreet Microphone Perspectives available
  • Fully sampled Una Corda pedal
  • Sympathetic and Pedal Resonance
  • Adjustable Sympathetic Resonance polyphony
  • Repedal and True Pedal Action for realistic sustain pedal control
  • Half-pedal mode is sample-based and fully adjustable
  • Customizable MIDI and Dynamics response
  • 22 pristine Convolution Reverbs included
  • Thousands of Release samples, including true Stacatto Releases
  • 19 total velocity layers including Silent Strike samples
  • Custom tuning with presets and micro-tuning supported
  • Lossless flac format allows highest quality with smallest drive space requirements and fast loading times.
  • Computer-based copy protection. Use on up to 3 machines, no dongle required!
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
For complete step-by-step instructions and video on how to download and install the True keys Pianos library and UVI Workstation, please visit our website at vilabsaudio.com/support. This is to ensure you get the most accurate and latest install instructions as we and UVI release product updates or any other changes occur.
  • 8 GB free disk space (7.27 GB actual size needed)
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or greater or Windows 7 or higher in both 32 and 64bits
  • UVI Workstation 2.5.8 or greater (Download Free) or Falcon
  • Minimum CPU requirements: Intel Core 2 Duo System (intel core i preferred for best performance)
  • 7200rpm hard drive (Solid State Drive (SSD) preferred for best performance)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • VST, AAX and AU Plug-ins and standalone supported

 
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