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We were provided a unique opportunity to preserve an important piece of musical history in its final days. Word had come to us 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 50’s and 60’s 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...
A friend of ours, John Davis, did a scoring session at Clinton and let us know about the closing as this day was to be the final date. As the conversation drifted from the saddening state of affairs for large stages we came to talk about why this particular stage was a special place. Although I had previously worked at the this studio I was never aware that the grand in the corner was the “one piano” used in so many of my favorite recordings.

At the time we were in Seattle conducting some non-cinesamples recordings. Mike and I walked over to secure a copy of Ashley Kahn’s paperback Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. This book pushed us across the threshold and the vision for this session started to become a reality.

As Patti headed back home to put the finishing touches on the Seattle project Barry caught a red-eye that night for Manhattan. We had arranged to extend the closing date of Clinton by one day, just ensuring us enough time to sample this extraordinary instrument. Much of the gear being used was already up on Ebay. It was the last session ever recorded at Clinton.

ABOUT THE RECORDING
With a mind to the handful of historic pictures from the recording Kind of Blue our engineer Tim Starnes (Drums of War, HollywoodWinds, Cinesnares, Cinetoms 2, CineCrash) set up three sets of microphones. The first pair – the M49’s from the old Columbia set up in historical position (note that the original was in mono), the two other pairs each set back a touch, each further from the previous.

We recorded two signal chains for each mic, a clean signal going through the Neve console and one going through a historic tape machine and finally into Pro Tools. We 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.

The piano was sampled chromatically exposing delightful variances in timbre with each key. This was the only way to get a true representation of the instrument. Barry was the pianist for the sampling and he employed a unique strategy.

PIANO SPECS:
- 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

Requires Kontakt FULL 5.3.1 or higher

WHAT'S NEW?
- Fixes for distorted tape samples
- Fixes for image shift issues


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  Resident 16.03.2014 1063
+287
This one sounds great, no need for a +50 GB lib.
  Member 8.10.2018 1 47
+25
Talula, I love you so much.
C'est mon avis et je le partage.
  Resident 20.11.2010 895
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Really nice piano, thank you.
  Member 7.06.2016 9
+1
Ta-Ta-Ta-(pause)-Ta-Ta-Ta-(pause)-Ta-Lu-L-

Oh wait, that's not my thing to say... Whoops...


This was my go-to library in the day, before I switched to the likes of hamersmith. Very curious to give the new version a try again, for old times sake. I highly recommend this piano regardless, it's awesome. Thanks!

edit: My comment posted twice somehow it seems. I've deleted the other one.
  Member 7.06.2016 9
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the Comment has been Removed
  Resident 10.04.2013 1 104
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Thanks for the upload. Has the the problem with the accumulating hiss/noise with sustained notes been fixed in this update? Always been one of the main reasons why I didn't bother to use the library, even thought the sound of the piano they used is very nice.
  Member 24.06.2013 5
0
Exactly. Unfortunately it's still there, you can hear it in the Youtube demo on quiet notes around 2:34, or 3:22. Damn that it so unplayable. Why they even bother making it. The noise is all over the place.
  Member 8.10.2018 1 47
+25
It sounds like pedal noise to me (at least the first one @ 2:34).
Anyways, I've detected droupouts on some tape recorded notes which I'm currently working on with iZotope RX's Spectral Repair (which gives fantastic results, btw). I will post the corrected samples batches after batches as I'm going to detect and clean the culprits.
"Studer A800MKIII 24 Track Analog Tape Machine"... Yeah, maybe... but the tape sound like a totally worn and sticky Ampex 456 from the 80's

EDIT 1: "You will notice some tape artifacts in some of the samples, but this is part of the natural sound of using tape."
@ Cinesamples: I guess you mean "USED tape"...

EDIT 2: First batch of cleaned samples:
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To speed up the work, please feel free to name (via PM) other samples in which you may ear unmusical glitches/dropouts/cracks/clicks/pops, etc. - Note that I WILL NOT clean any background noise since it's part of the recording process. Thanks.

EDIT 3: Here is the second batch of cleaned samples:
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Some of these where a bit re-panned to match all others.
C'est mon avis et je le partage.
  Resident 25.01.2012 2152
+240
great, looking forward to that! thx
  Member 8.10.2018 1 47
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I can't edit my comment anymore... Strange.
So here is another one:
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  Member 17.06.2014 226
+65
WOOW my fav piano, that was plagued by some issues! So happy! Thank you!
|| suck it up and make music with what you have ||
  Member 2.08.2018 1 50
+17
This one sounds so damn good
  Member 12.11.2014 6 45
+245
I was a big fan of P.I.B., but CineSamples cancelled this series. CinePiano is the follow up. It sounds a way better imo.
  Resident 6.10.2011 1 320
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Hey, is this a recent update or the last update from a few years back? A classic gem BTW for those who want a warm piano.
  Member 26.01.2019 27
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If somebody can confirm what version of Kontakt they can run this in, I'd be much obliged. I already have a v2 of this working fine.
I know it says 5.3.1+ but many times they've been batch-resaved in 6+ which isn't of use to me. Tia.
  Resident 26.01.2014 2219
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quote by Smoove GroovesIf somebody can confirm what version of Kontakt they can run this in, I'd be much obliged. I already have a v2 of this working fine.
I know it says 5.3.1+ but many times they've been batch-resaved in 6+ which isn't of use to me. Tia.


yeah, that's been a jam up for me too in the past... It would be nice if Kontakt version required was mentioned in the release notes.... and in that I do NOT want to sound ungrateful at all for these fantastic shares from people... But with different os's and NI getting weird some stuff, it DOES help to know what version, cause yeah, I've downloaded batch resaved versions on more then one occasion that wouldn't work with my system. Oh well. Not to pile on these people doing all the work they are.....
..grateful for HEXWARS, R2R, SYNTHiC4TE & ALL hardworking teams, AZ crew past and present, and friends I have met here who I care for and have been nothing but amazing to me.
  Resident 1.02.2017 336
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Kontakt says "Created by: Kontakt V5.3.1.037"
  Member 26.01.2019 27
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Ah, thank you very much jazzzz, you're a star.
  Resident 20.11.2010 895
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  Member 24.06.2013 5
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The noise builds up very quickly. It's pass for me.
  Resident 1.02.2017 336
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just don't use the tape
  Member 5.10.2015 65
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Thank you so much Tabula, it's a good piano but Native Instruments Noire remains my favorite.
  Member 22.03.2018 2
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Developers have been trying to turn Capital Records into condos for years... Their reverb chambers were designed by Les Paul...

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