Review: Native Instruments The Giant

Native Instruments' latest instrument is perfectly described by its title. This is a behemoth, titan'¦ a Giant of a sampled piano instrument. Toby Pitman lifts the lid and discovers size does matter.  

So, if you're going to sample a piano you might as well make it a big one! In this case NI have done just that and created a new Kontakt library based on the Klavins Piano Model 370i. Sampled by Uli Baronowsky of Galaxy Instruments, the Klavins Piano Model 370i is three meters high and weighs a whopping two tons with a sound board twice that of a regular Grand piano!! I'd like to see Laurel and Hardy move that down a flight of stairs!

The library comes in two flavors, The Giant and The Giant - Cinematic. Let's check it out.


The Giant

The first instrument is The Giant which is the conventional sample set.

The Giant


On first appearances it would seem to be pretty simple to work with only a few parameters. The first and probably most profound is the Tone knob. Turning this can have a radical effect on the sound of The Giant. Set to '

For the past 20 years Toby has worked as a professional guitarist, programmer and producer. Clients include Sir Paul McCartney, George Michael, Shirley Bassey, Yusuf Islam, Giles Martin as well as the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. He has also worked extensively in TV, Advertising and Film. As well as composing himself he has also ... Read More

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