Garritan takes on a Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano but it’s not just any old piano sitting around somewhere, this is the Yamaha CFX that sits in the famous Abbey Road Studio A in London. Some of the world’s finest musicians have sat on that stool and tinkled on those ivories.
More importantly, for this instrument is that some of the “world’s best Engineers” helped set up some of the “world’s greatest microphones” and equipment to enable the capture of this stunning instrument.
Studio One is a huge space that can accommodate 110 piece orchestras. It has a warm and clear sound, taking full advantage of the room’s 2.3 seconds reverb time. It has hosted everything from the London Symphony Orchestra to The Beatles’ famous live performance of “All You Need Is Love.”
The Yamaha CFX was hand-built in 1991 by a small team of experienced and skilled craftsmen. It’s a refined and expressive instrument with enough tonal presence to be heard over an entire orchestra.
The microphone placements for the recordings formed three discrete perspectives. They call these Classic for the most natural tone, Contemporary to emphasize the brightness and attack, and then Player offers the experience of sitting on the stool. From those recordings, various presets have been created which reflect further audio processing to create a sound for many different occasions.
Pros & Cons
- Top class Yamaha CFX piano
- World class recording environment
- High end equipment used throughout and it shows
- Multiple perspectives and presets
- Requires a multi-core processor and a fast drive with 133GB free for a full installation.
- Very specifically this piano which may not be for everyone.
• Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand $159
• Abbey Road CFX Light Virtual Piano $59