Wavesfactory Mercury Piano v1.0.1 KONTAKT
Fazioli pianos pursue perfection. They’re sophistically delicate with a very rich low-end and a lot of body resonance.
Mercury piano was recorded by Grammy Award-winning Paul B. Norris with 5 mic positions from ultra-close to room sound for maximum versatility. It sounds warm and very emotional. Perfect for intimate low-key tracks, but it’s also very punchy and aggressive on high velocities. A combination that you don’t find usually on piano libraries.
It has been captured with so much detail and depth that you can make it sound in a million different ways and still sound natural, but it will always retain the character. Mercury can be a big monster library or light-weighted since one microphone only uses ~300MB of RAM. With realism in mind and all the possible features that we could think of including soft pedalling, una corda, sostenuto, sympathetic resonance, microtuning…
Mercury piano will fit in every situation perfectly, and it will be an honour to know that it has become your go-to piano library.
Harnessing the power of Kontakt, Mercury has a beautiful and powerful interface rendered in 3D designed to inspire you.
On the bottom bar you have the menu to navigate to the other pages in which you’ll also find the HQ switch. This enables our velocity morphing algorithm. It will seamlessly blend the different intensities in order to get pleasant and continuous dynamics with no jumps.
On the right side you can activate and de-activate the background animation that will occur when going to the main view to the mixer, effects or settings page.
From the mixer you can control the different mics separately with the usual parameters that you’d normally get on an audio mixer, and with extra features like a new way of mixing that we call “position enhanced”.
•Ultraclose: recorded right above the hammers to get the in-your-face sound.
•Close: Spaced pair a couple inches above the strings.
•Mono: Vintage ribbon microphone placed at the bottom of the piano.
•Mid: in a mid-distance in the middle of the room, X/Y position.
•Far: recorded with two spaced microphones at the back of the room.
With a load/purge switch for each channel, pan/width, volume, mute/solo, phase shift and output selector for mixing the different channels on your DAW.
In the effects page you can add 4 DSP effects to the sound, specially designed for piano.
•Metropolis Plates: two EMT 140s from Metropolis Studios.
•Compressor: peak compressor with threshold, ratio, attack, release and make-up gain.
•EQ: special type of tilt EQ that will cut/boost highs/lows with additional low and high-pass filters.
•Chorus: great sounding chorus with stereo spread, speed and depth controls.
From the settings page you can control basically any parameter you might ever need. Divided in four section you can find:
•Round robin: the piano was sampled with 4 true round robin repetitions, you can select the number you want here plus a neighbour borrowing option for extra repetitions using scripted round robin.
•Velocity curve: control how the library reacts to incoming midi notes.
•Noises: control the volume of the non-tonal parts of the piano. Release sample volume, sympathetic resonance, key on and key off samples and pedal noises (sustain, soft pedal and sostenuto).
•Sound: sample start offset, overall timbre, dynamic range, low enhancement and per-note temperament.
The recording process at the magical Metropolis Studios. Paul B Norris explains the setup.
Robin Alba improvisation on Mercury at Calmaestudis. All mics loaded, no effects.
ICONIC PIANO USED ON LEGENDARY HITS
•Mercury is a grand piano for Kontakt featuring a Fazioli F-228 recorded at Metropolis Studios in London.
•One year in the making, taking care of the smallest details in order to make it perfect.
•The combination of the unique tone of this piano, exquisite recording and leading coding leads many to consider this as one of the best piano instruments on the market
1.0.1 update fixes the issues with some missing samples that caused Kontakt to crash when loading specific presets.
Tested and working with Kontakt v. 6.11.
Just extract and add as a library.
Please note that this is a large piano library. Depending on your hardware it may take some time to load. Using a fast M2 SSD is highly recommended.
Home page: https://www.wavesfactory.com/mercury-piano
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