5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Native Instruments' The Giant

Put away your mics and forget about hiring that upright acoustic piano (for now!)... Native Instruments' The Giant piano instrument is here to provide a realistic alternative as Hollin Jones find out.  

Authentic sounding upright acoustic pianos are still relatively hard to come by in the software world, with many either offering pitch-perfect concert grands or lacking the warmth of that real old piano sound. Recording upright pianos is perfectly possible of course, though it's tricky to say the least, requiring at least a couple of good mics, a very controlled room and some clever positioning. Plus, a tuned upright piano. An easier solution is to use something like The Giant, NI's sample-based acoustic piano instrument. With much more of a focus on the ethereal sound of an upright, it provides loads of tools to help you get the perfect 'real'

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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