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BLÜTHNER 1895

Synchron Series Collection


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Blüthner 1895

The Lyrical Grand

Key Features

  • Refurbished 193 cm (6-foot-4) grand piano with patented Aliquot stringing
  • Glorious example of Blüthner’s legendary “golden tone”
  • Recorded at Stage B of Synchron Stage Vienna
  • Advanced Release Sample Technology
  • Multiple Microphone Positions – for a multitude of timbral variations
  • Pre-configured Main Presets: "Concert", "Intimate", "Player", "Pop", "Ambience", "Vintage"
  • FX Presets for enhanced, warped or mysterious piano sounds
  • Soft (una corda), sostenuto, sustain pedals
  • Half-pedalling and re-pedalling
  • Sympathetic resonance
  • Body resonance
 

Introduction

Joe Kraemer on the Blüthner

This exceptional grand piano was built in 1895 by the famous Julius Blüthner Pianofortefabrik of Leipzig. It was acquired by Synchron Stage Vienna after having been lovingly restored by master piano builder Bernhard Balas from Vienna.

The 193 cm professional scale instrument is equipped with Blüthner’s specially developed and patented Aliquot system that uses additional dampened strings positioned above the conventional strings of the treble register, which are not struck by the hammers but resonate sympathetically. This fourth set of strings enhances the overtones, providing a velvety, organic shimmer and giving the instrument a particularly lyrical “singing” quality. In addition, the strings are unusually long and thin, stretched to an enormous string tension of 20 tons, which helps define the instrument’s specific sound. In combination with its soft hammers the Blüthner grand produces a clear, yet warm and soft timbre that is superior to many modern instruments in its variety of tonal colors.

 

Composers such as Debussy, Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Liszt, Tchaikowsky, Shostakowitch and Rachmaninov created their works on a Blüthner grand. Famously, Paul McCartney played a Blüthner concert grand when recording “Let It Be” for the film of the same title in 1969.

Capturing the Golden Tone

Vienna Symphonic Library’s Blüthner 1895 grand piano was recorded at Stage B of Synchron Stage Vienna. This beautiful 69 m² (739 sq ft.) live room with a 3.5 to 4.5 m (11.5 – 14.75 ft) height features a controlled acoustic environment with less ambience than the large main hall (Stage A).

While beautifully restored, this Blüthner 1895 was recorded “as is”, with all the charm and peculiarities that give a seasoned instrument its character. Its virtual recreation is extremely versatile and well suited for soloists looking for a slightly different, personal piano sound. The Blüthner lends itself extremely well to song accompaniments and chamber music settings, as well as to pop songs and ballads where other concert grands sound too large and obtrusive. Presets like “Intimate” or “Vintage” bring out this special quality even more.

Sampling Precision

To capture the Blüthner 1895 with all its subtleties, our engineers developed a highly precise motion-control system based on a solenoid that controls a noise-free “robot finger”. The micro-controller moves the finger with super-human precision, providing flexible curvatures for down-strokes and release movements, the latter corresponding with the preceding note length and various release speeds.

 

8 Microphone Positions

In order to capture this beauty, our recording engineers used multiple high-end microphone arrays, affording an abundance of options for creating your individual sound.

Blüthner 1895

Microphone Setup

Microphones

  Standard Library Full Library
1. Condenser - Close 1 (Sennheiser MKH 8040)
2. Ribbon - Close 2 (Coles 4038)  
3. Sphere - Close 3 (Schoeps KFM 6 Sphere)  
4. Mid 1 (Sennheiser MKH 800)
5. Mid 2 (Sennheiser MKH 40)  
6. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
7. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center)
8. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R)  
 

Even if you're not using a surround setup, you get more ambience variations and spatial depth out of the Full Library by adding the room microphones' signals to your stereo mix.

Details of Microphone Settings

The "Close" and "MID" microphone positions are ideal for a more player-oriented mix.

Close 1 / Condenser “ORTF” setup with a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040, positioned as closely as possible over the hammer area. Ideal for producing the typical “pop piano” sound.
Close 2 / Ribbon  “A/B” setup with two ribbon figure-eight capsules of a Coles 4038 mic, for a fast, direct, and vintage sound.
Close 3 / Sphere  The KFM 6 Sphere setup aims at a perfect representation of the player’s listening position.
MID 1  “ORTF” setup with a pair of Sennheiser MKH 800 mics for a hard and focused sound. wide, warm yet bright and centered sound.
MID 2  “ORTF” setup with a pair of Sennheiser MKH 40 mics for a wider and warmer sound than the MID 1 Position.
Main/Room Mic  Decca Tree array (L-C-R) with three DPA 4006 mics. These very neutral microphones captured even the smallest detail of Synchron Stage Vienna’s Stage B. Used in a stereo mix, you can easily hear where the piano is placed. In a surround setup, the Decca tree microphones will be the feed for your front L-R speakers.
Main Surround  Wide A-B stereo setup with two DPA4011 cardioid microphones. In a surround setup, these microphones would be used for your rear speakers.

 


Customize Your Personal Sound

In addition to the multitude of options from mixing various microphone signals, the Blüthner 1895 comes with the free Vienna Synchron Pianos Software that offers multiple options for shaping your sound and your playing experience. Hosting a high-performance playback engine, the software provides a full-blown mixer with a broad range of effects such as EQ, compressor, saturator, algorithmic reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, rotary, and many more. Change the volume of body resonances, sympathetic strings and pedal noises right in the main Play window. In the Edit window you may even adjust EQ, volume, tuning, dynamic range, etc. for each individual key!

Standard Library Full Library
Sample Amount 62,232 124,464
Download File Size 15.7 GB 32.3 GB
Installed File Size 45.9 GB 98.6 GB
 
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