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Electric Grand Piano Review – a Complete Hybrid Electric Grand by UVI

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Electric Grand Piano by UVI Review

In today’s review of the EGP or Electric Grand Piano by UVI we are looking back time into the mid-80’s. According to UVI their Electric Grand Piano it is one of the most detailed and comprehensive electric grand piano instrument ever produced.

Originated in the 70’s, the Yamaha CP-60, CP-70 and CP-80 were produced for touring artists. There have been models with MIDI output like CP-60M, CP-70M, and CP-80M.  Due to their specific vibe and sound, the CP product line was used by many musicians in those days. The CP production was finally ceased in the mid-80’s.

We did review other Piano libraries from UVI as well see also the Augmented Piano by UVI ReviewUVI did send a review copy with no strings attached.

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Installation

You download the library from your UVI user account. If you do not see the EGP use the code you received when you purchased the library to claim the product here. Electric Grand Piano runs in UVI Workstation version 2.6.10+, and Falcon version 1.2.1+. You need an iLok account (free, dongle not required) to register the library to your account locally.

Sound

UVI started to sample and record a Yamaha CP-70. The CP-70 is a famous,  well known portable electric grand piano. It was performed by Stevie Wonder, Keith Emerson, Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Boston, Journey, Asia, and Genesis. If you at my age you do remember those groups and songs when they published their tracks on LP and such.

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Electric Grand Piano by UVI Review UVI’s Workstation

UVI then started the project to record a full and comprehensive CP70/80 with the aim to capture the pianos specific tone and character. They used also additional hardware and fittings to record many new sounds that have never been played on this electric grand piano.

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UVI EGP CP70

UVI recorded five discrete channels, also including the electric output and instrument acoustics miked in L/R and M/S configurations. In short, UVI went the extra mile to produce a comprehensive library. UVI has captured the CP-70 through a Class A direct box into a  converter plus more additional hardware.

UVI recorded ten special preparations like classic, brush, bow, bow, fingers, pick, stick and more.

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Ten unique preparations

The focus of this library is an Electronic Piano with some additional hybrid sounds through its recorded preparations. UVI delivers more than a Piano library. You also get sounds for drones, brilliant and percussive resonances, soundscapes and more. The main focus is on the CP from Yamaha, sounds from the preparations and using the different AMPs to procress the sound.

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Electric Grand Piano by UVI Review Misc Patches

Considerable attention was taken by the producer to capture the sound of the CP-70 in the most complete and detailed way possible, resulting in a core library of over 10,000 samples. With this library, you are all set for your need to have a CP-70 available at your fingertips or keyboard.

As you are aware many modern scores to picture include the sound of synths and electric pianos possibly as a background vibe only. In some situations, you want to use additional tools like Grind by Audio Damage or Turnado by Sugar Bytes to produce an even more unique sound.

User interface & Usability

The UI of Electric Grand Piano is easy to use, you will have access to all features needed to use this fine library.

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Electric Grand Piano features:

  • Ten prepared piano styles
  • Discrete and fully mixable electric, L/R and M/S signals
  • M/S signal switchable to dual mono
  • Independent effect chains for acoustic and electric signals
  • Independent ADSR amplitude control for acoustic and electric signals
  • Resonance polyphony and volume control
  • Pedal and Release volume control
  • Extended Range switch provides a full 88-note range
  • Wheel Strum
  • 100+ preset library
  • 10,000+ sample library using lossless streaming

Rating:  Four out of five stars

EGP or Electric Grand Piano by UVI is the next level and extensively sampled CP70. UVI included both electrically and acoustically samples with plenty of useful mic recordings and positions. The flexibility to play a CP70 or use the prepared instrument is matching many needs for vibe and emotion. What makes this CP70 so unique is the level of details and authenticity that you can get with UVI version.

EGP is stunning now you can use this unique piano in your compositions. UVI’s EGP has an intense vibe and is at the same time highly customizable. UVI has done a brilliant job with this one. The need to use an EGP is really up to the outline of your composition. The CP sits well in the background and if the theme fits the time when these vibes have been most known for also in the front. For other focused projects, you can beef up your compositions with the prepared sounds and some timbres that are more sound design than a piano.

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The Only Sample Library Comparison Video You Need?

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Is this the only sample library comparison video you will ever need?

Is this the only sample library comparison video you will ever need? Let’s find out, and talk about when it makes sense comparing sample libraries … and when it doesn’t! 🙂

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UVI update Drum Replacer to v1.1 – Adding MIDI features & Ducking

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Drum Replacer v1.1

UVI update Drum Replacer to v1.1, adding MIDI Recording, MIDI Output, Ducking, and numerous feature and UI enhancements, a free update for existing users.​

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Drum Replacer is a realtime, program-adaptive, drum replacement utility giving users feature-rich component separation and triggering with exceptional ease-of-use. Utilizing machine learning-based analysis with realtime separation, Drum Replacer helps you easily remove bleed from drum recordings, replace drums in a mix with your favorite samples or VSTi, add precisely timed sub-bass, layer existing drum sounds, and much more.

Integrating community feedback and feature requests, Drum Replacer now has MIDI recording functionality handily available in the toolbar, simply click to record and when you’re done you can drag-and-drop the MIDI file to your DAW or desktop, as well, MIDI output has been added, allowing to record the trigger output of Drum Replacer directly.

Ducking has been added, positioned adjacent to the dry output fader, allowing you to duck the dry signal on triggers. Attack, release and gain controls are available, along with real-time visual metering of the gain attenuation, allowing you to quickly customize the ducking response to taste. In addition, a number of enhancements have been made throughout, including selective plugin scanning and a more forgiving timeout, tighter trigger timing in some DAWs, dry signal freeze in wave view, and a number of UI improvements.

Pricing and Availability

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Drum Replacer 1.1 is a free update, available now on uvi.net or through UVI Portal.

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UVI Release LoFi Dreams, A New Falcon Expansion

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Lo-Fi Dreams delivers a soulful and introspective collection of lo-fi drums, smooth acoustic pianos, vibey keys, guitars, bass, pads, textures, loops and more. Making use of Falcon’s sophisticated oscillators, powerful effects engine, and a professionally crafted sample library, the sounds of Lo-Fi Dreams provide a wide range of expressive instruments and textures with character, perfect for lo-fi, hip-hop, chillhop, and downtempo music production.

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All sounds in Lo-Fi Dreams are completely editable, making them equally useful as starting points or destinations. Pre-mapped macros provide clear modulation options and easy automation control tailored specifically to each patch. Sounds can be quickly layered, tweaked and animated providing endless creative potential.

Lo-Fi Dreams leverages the advanced synthesis capabilities and software architecture of Falcon, with 16 oscillators, over 90 effects and a fast and intuitive interface that easily handles both basic tasks and deep instrument design. All presets have been programmed with macros which provide the user with easy access to the key parameters of each patch. These may be controlled via MIDI, OSC, host automation and Lua scripting, allowing for easy customization and expressive performance capabilities. Lo-Fi Dreams requires UVI Falcon.

Inspired by the sounds of early ’00s lo-fi chill and hip-hop, LoFi Dreams offers a wide range of expressive instruments delivering both classic and modern aesthetics. Paired with the extensive sound-shaping capabilities of Falcon, musical inspiration awaits for producers and musicians of any background.Each of the instruments in LoFi Dreams is designed to be expressive and playable, providing helpful controls and macros allowing you to sculpt your sound and create dynamic, expressive performances. As with all Falcon expansions, you have the ability to dig beneath the surface into each sounds patch structure, to manipulate and reshape it in any way you see fit.

MADE FOR FALCON

The Lo-Fi Dreams expansion leverages the advanced synthesis capabilities and software architecture of Falcon, which sports 16 oscillators, over 90 effects and a fast and intuitive interface that adeptly handles both basic tasks and deep instrument design. All presets have been programmed with macros which provide the user with easy access to the key parameters of each patch. These may be controlled via MIDI, OSC, host automation and Lua scripting, allowing for easy customization and expressive performance capabilities.

Pricing and Availability

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Lo-Fi Dreams is available now.

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