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Liberty Upright joins IK Multimedia’s Pianoverse

Character-filled piano added to sample library collection

IK Multimedia Pianoverse upright piano virtual instrument sample library

Liberty Upright is the latest virtual piano to be released by IK Multimedia, and becomes the seventh member of their Pianoverse collection. As well as delivering a realistic acoustic piano sound, the instrument also includes a set of naturally detuned samples that can be used alongside Pianoverse’s sound-design tools to create interesting atmospheres and textures. 

The library captures a Koch & Korselt upright piano built in Bohemia in 1915, which offers a rich, resonant sound that IK Multimedia say brings a unique new colours to Pianoverse. As with the existing instalments, it has been captured using the company’s robot-assisted multi-sampling technology with AKG C414s on close-mic duty and a pair of DPA mics placed at the rear of the instrument. Given the piano’s history, IK decided to record it twice, first capturing it in its naturally detuned state, and then again following restoration and tuning. 

Liberty Upright benefits from all of the key features of Pianoverse, with users able to adjust parameters such as lid position, harp resonance, pedal noise and mallet noise — features which are often reserved for modelled pianos rather than sample libraries. Continuous control is available for all three pedals, offering a realistic playing experience, and sound designers will enjoy treating the instrument with Pianoverses collection of 12 built-in effects and four modulation sources. To find out more about what’s possible with the collection, take a look at our review from SOS February 2024.

Compatibility

Pianoverse is supported on PCs running Windows 7 or higher, and Macs running macOS 10.13 and above. VST2, VST3, AU and AAX plug-in versions are available.

Pricing & Availability

Liberty Upright is available now, and is currently (3 July 2024) being offered for an introductory price of €99.99, reduced from its full cost of €129.99. It can also be purchased as part of Pianoverse MAX, with pricing options as follows:

  • Pianoverse MAX$299.99
  • Pianoverse MAX Upgrade$199.99
  • Pianoverse All-Access Subscription$149.99 / year

https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/pianoverse/

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