A BRAND NEW GRAND.
The definition of a timeless tone.
A grand piano isn’t just iconic in stature and tone, it’s an indisputable songwriting staple. EZkeys 2 comes with an all-new core library featuring a breathtaking instrument captured to offer the broadest possible tonal palette.
BOUT THE INSTRUMENT.
With up to three years in the making, each instrument that is wheeled out of the Fazioli* shop in Sacile, Italy, is truly a testament of ultimate dedication to craftsmanship and detail.
The F212, which was sampled for EZkeys 2, is a medium-sized instrument that produces a slightly softer timbre compared to the larger concert grands.
Overall, it has a balanced and responsive tone as well as a dynamic range that can produce the entire scope of expressiveness – from the thunderously punchy down to the feathery light. This makes it an ideal instrument for broad songwriting and recording studio use.
Length: 212 cm | Width: 153 cm | Height: 98 cm
Soundboard material: Red spruce from
Val di Fiemme, Italy
Mechanics: Renner actions and hammers
THE MICS & THE ROOM.
The EZkeys 2 core library instrument was miked to offer a broad selection of options, tones, and ambiances for use across the different presets included.
1. Hammers. To capture the strike and impact of the tone, a stereo pair of Thuresson* CM402s large diaphragm microphones were positioned right above the hammer mechanism. This gives you a very natural and detailed representation of the inherent body of the instrument.
2. Strings. To capture the immense sustain and resonance of the piano, a stereo pair of Royer* R-121 ribbon mics were placed above the strings. This pair of mics produce a warm and ambient but slightly less pronounced attack compared to that of the hammers.
3. Piano player (overhead). To capture the most natural tone you’d get if sitting at the piano, a pair of DeGeer* Manibus large diaphragm tube microphones were positioned as if pointed over the shoulders of the player. These microphones were picked for their extreme transparency and ability to capture the natural direct ambiance of the piano.
4. Room ambiance. An AKG* C24 stereo large diaphragm tube microphone placed high up to the side of the piano captures the natural room reverberation. This is a common microphone technique used when recording classical piano.
5. Window reflection ambiance. To capture a slightly more narrow frequency range as well as a more distant-sounding ambience, a pair of Neumann* KM84 small diaphragm condenser microphones were placed facing the control room window, picking up the diffusion bouncing back from the hard-surface glass. This pair of mics adds a new dimension of depth when combined with the spot mics.
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