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The Hamburg-built Steinway-B is appreciated as one of the world´s best grand pianos.

Thanks to the special recording setup, the Samples made by Pianowave are not only a delight for the listeners, but especially for the player himself:
It simply sounds as if the Steinway was standing right in front of you.

Each key was recorded in four precise velocities, plus an extra sustain layer and release samples.
Every time you use the sustain pedal, the resonances of all other strings are blended in, thus completing the rich sound.

Demo songs

Clair de lune (Debussy) (.mp3, 1.2 MB)

Kinderszenen (Schumann) (.mp3, 1.2 MB)

On the sunny side of the street (.mp3, 1.0 MB)

Praeludium (Bach) (.mp3, 3.3 MB)

Demo version for Native Instruments Kontakt (Version 2 or newer)

This demo version provides all keys and the whole dynamic range.
The following restrictions apply:
  • The sampling frequency was reduced to 22kHz.
  • Most samples were cut off after one second (except the middle octave and all C).
Download Pianowave Steinway-B DEMO for Kontakt-2 (.zip, 85 MB)

Full version for Native Instruments Kontakt (Version 2 or newer)

  • Samples 44kHz, 16bit
  • 4 precise velocity layers
  • A sustain layer for the string resonances
  • Decent pedal sounds when you press or release the sustain pedal
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  • Release samples of the damped keys
Experience shows that there are very few situations where you need to hold a key longer than ten seconds.
Therefore all keys have been recorded up to ten seconds. After that time, the samples continue as loops and continue to decay.
The full version fits into 770MB which also shortens the loading time.