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The C7Grand library is based on a Yamaha C7 Grand piano. The C7 is the biggest of the C series (227cm / 7'6") and is one of the most used pianos as it is present on many concert stages, studios and prestigious music events.

We wanted to capture its delicate, bright and precise sound that you hear everywhere, so we used every technology and piano simulation tools that we worked on over the years and here it is, the C7 Grand with all of the features you can think of, multiple microphones (3 different stereo perspectives), half pedal, repedal, sympathetic resonances and many other that we will detail below.
It is also very customizable as we know that not everybody has the same digital piano or has the same taste, you can change every aspect of it, the overall sound, the tuning (even complex microtuning are possible) or the MIDI response.
 

The C7 Grand is using the popular flac lossless compression format (UVI Workstation 2.5.2 is required to use it) to increase the streaming performances and loading time without losing any audio quality. You also save space, the library goes from 14Gb uncompressed to 2.41Gb.

Solo interface
Microphones
The C7Grand has been sampled with 3 pairs of microphones carefully phase aligned. You can load, enable and control the volume of each of them.

The Close microphone perspective is placed inside the piano very close to the strings and gives powerful bass and a very detailed sound and a wide stereo image.

The Player microphone perspective is placed above the head of the piano player. The stereo image is almost like the one you get when you play, the sound is brighter and has more air than the close position.

The Side microphone perspective is placed exactly where a solo singer would be standing. It has even more air than the other two perspectives.

You can of course mix the multiple positions to get the best of each position.
Resonances
The C7 Grand has two very advanced types of resonances simulations.
The first one is the sympathetic resonance that notes are creating with eachother when the sustain pedal is up. Every note will interact with all of the other pressed notes and make them resonate. We modeled the behavior of the strings but based all of that work on samples of the real resonances. You can adjust how much of it you want and also how much polyphony you want to allow for this feature.
The second one is also the sympathetic resonances, but this time when the sustain pedal is down, we call it the true pedal action, it simply allows the resonances to come in even if the pedal is pressed after you press the chord, and even if you release the pedal and press it again while still holding a chord.
Solo interface
Solo interface
The pedals
The C7 Grand features some advanced pedal features.

Repedal : Many classical musicians use repedaling to give some kind of a blend effect. We felt that it should be part of this library. Just like on a real piano, this effect is more present in the bass area.
Sostenuto : This is a playing mode that will allow the player to choose which dampers will be held. Any note pressed before pressing the sostenuto pedal will be held until you release the pedal no matter what you play.
Half pedal : This is another playing mode that is used to create a blending effect between chords. It is simply setting the sustain pedal right at the spot where the dampers barely touch the strings thus creating a long release sound full of resonance.
You can assign the different pedal to any controller.
Advanced Settings
On this panel you have access to many different settings to shape the sound of the piano itself and how it reacts. This is also where you enable and disable the advanced features like the repedal, half pedal or the sympathetic resonance.
It is also where the reverbs can be tweaked.
Solo interface
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  • The Release Vol controls the volume of the sound produced when you release a note,
  • The Pedal Noise controls the volume of the sound produced when you press and depress the sustain pedal,
  • The Key noise controls the volume of the sound produced by the key itself when you release a note,
  • The Pedal down resonance controls the volume of the resonance when the sustain pedal is pressed,
  • The Sympathetic Resonance controls the volume and polyphony allowed for the sympathetic resonance effect on pedal up,
  • The True Pedal Action enabled the resonance effect even if you press the sustain pedal after the chord,
  • The Repedal enabled the repedal feature. It allow the sustain pedal to "retrigger" the notes that did not die since the last pedal release event.
  • The Half Pedal enabled the half pedal effect. This allow the use to trigger different release samples when the pedal is half pressed (you need a continuous sustain pedal for it to work).
  • The Tone allows you to soften the overall sound of the piano or to make it brighter,
  • The Reverb gives you a choice of quality IR based reverbs, as well as the amount of Reverb you want including the dry/wet balance.
Solo interface
MIDI response
The C7Grand has been sampled deeply and we used advanced filters to blend the velocities together and make the splits unnoticeable.
There is also a complete set of tools to tweak the velocity and volume response to make sure it fits your digital piano and your playing style.
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  • The Bend controls the MIDI curve, or the MIDI mapping curve, so basically how quickly you will hit the high velocities, you can also draw your velocity response as you like,
  • The Vel Range controls both the minimum velocity and the maximum velocity that the library will respond to,
  • The Polyphony controls the number of voices allowed to the library. For some older system it is a good way to diminish the CPU usage,
  • The Sustain CC is the controller number used for the sustain pedal. By default it is set at 64, but you can use any other controller,
  • The Sostenuto CC is the controller number used for the sostenuto pedal. By default it is set at 66, but you can use any other controller,
  • The Half Pedal Min and Max define the range for the Half Pedal effect. If the sustain pedal outputs a value between these two values, the samples used for the release will be the Half pedal ones,
  • The Round Robin enables the round robin script that will alternatively take the notes next to it and pitch them to get rid of the machine gun effect.
  • Dynamics controls the dynamics of the piano. In other works it defines the volume corresponding to the lowest velocity. When set at 100, the volume at the lowest velocity will be 0 and when set at 0, the volume at the lowest velocity will be the same as the volume at the highest velocity.
  • The Sensitivity controls the volume curve between the lowest velocity and highest velocity,
Tuning
The tuning panel allows you to completely tune the piano. You can tune each note separately or use the Tuning Mode to choose if you want to apply this to every note or to every octave only. This makes it very easy to apply microtuning tables for example.
Solo interface

 

Sample player
C7 Grand comes with its own sample player, the UVI Workstation 2 (requires v2.6.5 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. 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 v2.5.8 and earlier versions of the UFS files, keep in mind that this older version requires the use of an iLok dongle and that some of our most recent products will not be compatible.
Technical description
15Gb uncompressed, 2,41Gb compressed in lossless flac format, around 4800 samples.
3 microphone positions that you can load, enable and mix.
Realistic staccatos.
Sympathetic resonances.
Repedal effect.
Sostenuto behavior.
Half pedal.
Large choice of high quality IR based reverbs.
Advanced tuning (each note can be tuned individually and microtunings can be applied).
True pedal action (real bahavior of the pedal down resonances).
Complete control over the MIDI response of the library.
Advanced UVI scripting giving you access to a simple yet powerfull interface and advanced features.
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iLok or computer based



We use the iLok system to protect our products and you can choose to register your license to your computer or to an iLok dongle.
If you decide to use an iLok dongle, both V1 and V2 are compatible with our products.
You can activate your license on up to 3 computers or iLok dongles at the same time and you can deactivate one and activate another as many times as you want.
Registration

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