Q Up Arts introduces California Keys keyboard collection

Sound collections developer/licensor Q Up Arts has announced the availability of California Keys.

California Keys’ centrepiece is a Fazioli 10ft grand — the actual instrument that American jazz pianist Herbie Hancock uses to tour with. It was given the Rick Baldassin technician treatment before being played by concert pianist Candace Winterton and recorded by Q Up Arts Director of Audio Engineering Robert Abeyta in CounterPoint Studios in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This impressive instrument was captured in surround with 10 different microphones. The sample instrument is served up as eight fully discreet channels, with fully user-adjustable Volume and Pan per channel — complete with 7.1 and 5.1 Surround presets.

California Keys’ California Grand gifts its users with a piano that can be played more softly than anything else out there. Personally produced by Q Up Arts Founder Douglas Morton, it is designed to deliver maximum expressivity and playability fit for every style of performance, thanks to some clever KONTAKT programming and scripting by Michael Scott.

Its dashboard-accessed Microphones control allows anyone to customise the piano for almost any musical application and sound type with pedal sounds, key let-offs, and sustain pedal also controllable.

California Keys also captured classic keyboards — comprising a vintage Rhodes E-Piano electric piano, vintage Wurlitzer W-Piano electric piano, Vox Continental organ, Farfisa organ, Clavinet D6, and Hammond A100 tonewheel organ.

Captured at a private Topanga Canyon-sited studio in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California, the keyboards were curated from performer Arlan Oscar Schierbaum’s stunning collection, carefully restored and recorded at 24-bit/192 kHz resolution to capture the character and uniqueness of each instrument into a Pro Tools | HD system.

Similarly, California Keys’ set of resulting Clavinet D6, F-ORGAN combo, H-ORGAN A100, R-EPiano, V-ORG Super Continental, and W-EPIANO cutting-edge KONTAKT sample instruments are also compatible with Native Instruments’ NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD) functionality programming, allowing anyone to browse and control real-time parameters.

California Keys can be purchased and digitally downloaded here for a time-limited promo price of $199 until the end of March 2018 — rising thereafter to $499.00 USD.


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