Native Instruments has announced the release NOIRE, a new Kontakt instrument that captures the signature grand piano sound of composer and pianist Nils Frahm.
The instrument – which includes both pure and felt preparation versions of a Yamaha CFX 9’ concert grand – was meticulously sampled in the rich ambient environment of Saal 3 in Berlin’s Funkhaus recording complex.
The result is a unique, intense, and evocative instrument, with an atmosphere all of its own.
Two distinct sample sets – pure and felt
NOIRE offers new sonic inspiration for solo compositions, scoring, and more, with two distinct grand piano sample sets.
The pure version presents the clear, unadulterated tone of Nils Frahm’s handpicked and custom-intonated concert grand piano, captured in a renowned recording studio.
The felt version is the same piano, in the same room, but with a felt moderator between hammers and strings, which creates a gentle tone with reduced attack.
Users can sculpt the sound of both versions by adjusting attack, release, resonance, overtones, velocity curve, temperament, and more.
Extensive creative customization options
NOIRE provides a wide array of creative options so users can make the sound their own.
Users can add natural and mechanical noises to enhance realism, dial in sub bass, alter the spectral character of the instrument, and choose from sound design effects to completely transform the instrument’s sound.
NOIRE also offers EQ, compression, reverb, and delay for fine-tuning the piano’s place in the mix.
To help spark new creative ideas, NOIRE incorporates an innovative particles engine that automatically generates clouds of pulsating, swirling harmonic elements based on what users play.