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GERMAN UPRIGHT 1904

Synchron Series Collection


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Standard Lib. + Extended Lib. = Full Library

When you start with the Standard Library („Stereo Library Download“), you may easily upgrade to the Full Library („Multi Library Download“) at any time – you’ll only pay for the Extended Library portion of the product.

Introductory Offer through July 18, 2022!

Vintage Character and Style

  • C. Bechstein upright piano built in 1904
  • Vintage character
  • Recorded at Stage B of Synchron Stage Vienna
  • Eight microphone positions for a multitude of timbral variations
  • Advanced release sample technology
  • Pre-configured main presets, signature and FX presets

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This C. Bechstein upright piano was built in Berlin Kreuzberg in the early 20th century. Its distinctive vintage character, owing to its generous proportion of resonating wood, was captured with a multi-microphone setup at Synchron Stage Vienna’s Stage B.

The upright’s very smooth action allows the finest gradations from pianissimo to fortissimo. In the main playing range its sound is more reminiscent of a small concert grand than of an upright piano. With its clear and accurate tonal development it conveys the intimate atmosphere of a small concert hall. The instrument’s mid range is very pronounced and focused, while its ageless character clearly asserts itself in all registers.

Brought to Stuttgart by pianoforte maker and dealer B. Klinkerfuss, Württemberg’s sole representative for C. Bechstein and J. Blüthner, the instrument has always been in residence with families in the Stuttgart area. It was played by pianist and film composer Mick Baumeister, co-creator of the Hornberg breath controller, at different stages of his life. The upright was owned by Martin Friz who taught a young Mick improvisation on this instrument. Decades later, Mick purchased the piano from German actor Holger Daemgen’s family, and – as he puts it – it never ceases to inspire him and to find “the truth”.

 
 

8 Microphone Positions

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

Microphones

  Standard Library Full Library
1. Close 1 – Condenser (Neumann KM184 Sphere, X/Y)
2. Close 2 – Ribbon (Royer SF24 Blumlein)  
3. Close 3 – Condenser (Neumann U87 Ai Cardioids)  
4. Mid 1 (Sennheiser MKH 40 ORTF behind the piano)  
5. Mid 2 (Schoeps KFM6 over the piano) • 
6. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (DPA 4006)
7. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (DPA 4006)
8. Main Surround – Stereo (Sennheiser MKH 800)  
 

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 and surround 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

XY setup with a pair of Neumann KM184 spheres aiming at the perfect representation of the player’s listening position.

Close 2 / Ribbon

“Blumlein” setup of a Royer SF24 for a fast, direct and vintage sound.

Close 3 / Condenser

“Quasi AB” setup of a Neumann U87 Ai with cardioids.

MID 1 / Condenser

 “ORTF” setup with Sennheiser MKH40 behind the piano for a warm and dark timbre.

MID 2 / Sphere

The KFM 6 Sphere setup aims at the perfect representation of the entire dynamic range of an ideally balanced piano.

Main/Room Mic

Decca Tree array (L-C-R) with three DPA 4006 mics. 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 Sennheiser MKH 800 microphones. In a surround setup, these signals would be used for your rear speakers.

 


Customize Your Personal Sound

The German Upright 1904 comes with the free Vienna Synchron Pianos software that offers multiple options for shaping your sound and your playing experience. In addition to the multitude of options from mixing various microphone signals, the player 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. You may also adjust the volume of body resonances, sympathetic strings and pedal noises right in the main Play window. In the Edit window you can even tweak EQ, volume, tuning, dynamic range, and more for each individual key.

A host of mixer presets offer a wide variety of characteristics, directly accessible in the main player window, from concert and intimate settings to pop, ambient and vintage sounds. Various signature and experimental FX presets round out the preconfigured sonic gems the German Upright 1904 has in store.


Sampling Precision

To capture the sound of the instrument with all its subtleties, our engineers deployed 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.

 


Standard Library Full Library
Sample Amount 63,556 127,112
Download File Size 5.6 GB 11.6 GB
Installed File Size 63.6 GB 135.9 GB