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Native Instruments Brings The Giant Piano to Our Computers

Sean W. May 23, 2012 0

The Klavins Piano model 370i is the worlds largest upright piano.  This piano wouldn’t fit in most homes but Native Instruments has decided to recreate this piano in software so all of us may check it out.  The Kontact instrument is called The Giant and is available now.

The real 2 Ton Giant was used to create two different software beasts.  A standard piano model and a dark model, for achieving more cinematic textures and experimentation.  It will run as a full plug-in or in a standalone mode on many Windows or OS X computers.  It sells for $119 and is available on their online shop.

Press Release

Native Instruments introduces THE GIANT

New KONTAKT-based piano for all musical styles, capturing the sound
of the world’s largest upright

Berlin, May 21st, 2012 – Native Instruments today introduced THE
GIANT, a new instrument based on the world’s biggest upright piano. For
use in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER, THE GIANT features
the intense sound of the Klavins Piano Model 370i, a super-sized
instrument delivering a colossal sonic spectrum equally well-suited to
urban pop projects, soft piano ballads, driving rock riffs and jazz
numbers, as well as providing a separate ‘Cinematic’ version of the piano
for darker, atmospheric projects and sound design.

Produced by sampling expert Uli Baronowsky, the creator of the ‘Galaxy’
piano series, THE GIANT captures the sound of the original instrument in
meticulous detail. This upright piano stands over three meters high and
weighs over two tons, with a soundboard roughly twice the size of a
typical 9’ concert grand piano soundboard. Its unique sound forms the
core of THE GIANT, which complements the dynamic and authentic
playability of the original with powerful controls for shaping and
modifying the sound. Additionally, 40 production-ready presets provide
instant starting points for numerous musical styles.

THE GIANT comprises two separate instruments in one, each with its
own graphical user interface and detail controls. While the versatile piano
sound of the ‘day’ version is suitable for a wide range of styles and
genres, the ‘night’ version turns THE GIANT into a cinematic tool suited
to atmospheric scores, sound design and avant-garde productions. With
‘Tone’, ‘Color’ and an XXL button, the ‘day’ instrument provides three
basic control sections for adding sustain, space and character to the
sound. The ‘night’ instrument includes unconventional, individually-
sampled sound sources including overtones, resonances, plucked strings,
release sounds and special techniques such as piano hits, kicks, sweeps
or scratches. The physical elements of the instrument, including
dynamics, tuning, noises, overtones or stereo image can be conveniently
controlled via the ‘Anatomy’ parameters.

Pricing and availability

THE GIANT runs in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER. It is
available now for $119 / 99 EUR / 9,800 YEN from the NI Online Shop.
Further product information and press material
Additional information on THE GIANT is available at