Akoustik Piano

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Akoustik Piano is a virtual instrument developed by Native Instruments for both the Mac OS X and Windows XP platforms. It uses a large collection of audio samples taken from three grand pianos (Steinway concert grand piano model D, Bösendorfer 290 "Imperial", Bechstein D 280) and one upright piano (Steingraeber 130.)

The software used for playback is Native Instruments' own Kompakt player/synthesizer (a watered-down version of Kontakt), which is used as a stand-alone program for live performance or recording to MIDI. Additionally it may be used as a plug-in for a digital audio workstation (such as MOTU's Digital Performer.)

Sampled instruments[edit]

Steinway concert grand piano model D, Bösendorfer 290 "Imperial", Bechstein D 280) and Steingraeber 130. The audio library comes in both 16-bit and 24-bit resolutions.

Playback adjustments[edit]

The Kompakt synthesizer includes several optional transformations to the sample's sound. Pitch level, pitch bend, velocity curve, tuning system (including quarter-tone), dynamics, microphone distance, equalizer, lid position (closed, half-, or full-stick) as well as choice of performance space may all be modified.

Supported technology[edit]

Virtual Studio Technology (VST), Audio Units, RTAS, DXi, Audio Stream Input Output (ASIO), Apple Computer's Core Audio and Microsoft's DirectSound are all supported. Akoustic Piano is now a Macintosh Universal Binary.

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