The Gentleman

Smooth Vintage Upright

 

• Expressive, beautifully-modulated tone

• State-of-the-art sample quality for rich, dynamic performance

• Sampled from a vintage upright built in 1908

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Instrument

 

THE GENTLEMAN is a sampled instrument based on an upright piano from 1908. This piano has survived with all the original parts intact, and you can hear this turn-of-the-century character in the recordings. With a sound both delicate and expressive, THE GENTLEMAN is the only upright you’ll ever need.

Personality

 

THE GENTLEMAN, being based on a vintage Bechstein upright piano with an age of more than 100 years, has grown old gracefully. With its lush but expressive tonal character, it sounds as the name suggests. The extensive tweaking options of the virtual instrument extend its range to include everything from sounding delicate and smooth till strong and assertive.

The Recording

 

We recorded THE GENTLEMAN in a superb recording room, optimized for piano recordings, using vintage Neuman tube microphones together with old Siemens preamps as well as high end DPA and Sennheiser microphones with Neve mic preamps.

The Interface

 

The GENTLEMAN’s extensive tweaking options make it perfect for all contemporary productions: Control the levels of the pedals, damper, string and hammer sounds. Adjust the timbre with the Color knob. Turn the Dynamic knob to change the dynamic range. The Lid control adjusts brightness. And built-in effects allow you to you fine-tune the sound without ever leaving the interface.

Timbre

Changes the tone colour or timbre from soft (left) to hard (right) by readjusting the sample mapping. It's a dynamic way of mapping, while balancing the volume differences between softer and harder samples. As a result of turning the 'Colour' knob to the right, you will hear the piano sound 'harder', crispier, and with 'more attack'. Turning it to the left it'll sound 'warmer', 'softer' and with less 'attack'.

Resonance

 

We sampled the resonating strings with the sustain pedal up and down separately, enabling an individual adjustment of THE GENTLEMAN's resonance using the 'Resonance', the 'Depth' and the 'Overtones' controls.

Definitive Piano Collection

 

THE GENTLEMAN is a part of the DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION – an exquisite set of pianos also featuring THE GRANDEUR and THE MAVERICK. Together, these pianos offer outstanding detail and a varied and nuanced sonic range – from pristine realism to evocative washed-out ambiences. Get the entire collection for a special bundle price.

The Gentleman

 

A classic upright piano that delivers balanced tone, a wide dynamic range, and a beautiful, lush sound. Your new standard vintage upright.

Realism

 

THE GENTLEMAN brings a true piano feel to life. Over 2,500 individual samples and 18 velocity zones allow each note to come through with stunning realism. With mechanical and string 'noises' being a main part of a piano's realism, THE GENTLEMAN also features the 'dying string' release sounds, the hammer noises and the pedal, damper and vibrant string noises, all individually adjustable.

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Smooth Vintage Upright

 

• Expressive, beautifully-modulated tone

• State-of-the-art sample quality for rich, dynamic performance

• Sampled from a vintage upright built in 1908