Our flagship grand piano instrument for KONTAKT PLAYER features a beautifully-recorded Yamaha C7 with four microphone perspectives, each offering a unique and lush sound. Pearl is a true joy to play, edited and mixed to perfection and suitable for most any style of composition - classical pieces, cinematic works, pop, jazz, blues, and more. Pearl makes an excellent addition to any sample collection. If you're like us, you'll find yourself reaching for it every time.
PEARL Trailer - Live vs. Sampled - Can you tell the difference?
When we first played this magnificent grand piano in its concert hall, we fell in love. We decided we simply had to capture it and craft a timeless virtual instrument - and that's exactly what we did. The beautiful tone of Pearl, captured through each of the four microphone positions, truly 'sings' with each key press. The default tuning, velocity curve, and mixing settings are all set to inspire your compositions and musical creativity.
A powerful yet unencumbered user interface provides very easy control over all aspects of the sound, such as mic mixing, channel EQ, tuning, and velocity response. By simply adjusting the mic mix alone, you can achieve drastically different timbres.
We know that as soon as you load Pearl and beginning playing, you will have the same reaction we did when we played this piano for the first time.
The demos below showcase Pearl in a variety of contexts. "Dressed" demos incorporate other instrumentation, while "Naked" or unlabeled demos feature nothing but Pearl. Enjoy!
As you can hear, the gorgeous sound of Pearl is extremely versatile. Depending on which microphones you use, it can provide a grand classical tone, a soft jazz timbre, emotional and cinematic warmth, or anything in between.
The Close mics offer a full-body sound and serve as an excellent basis for any mix. The mono Pedal mic provides extra resonance and bass, and is particularly nice for adding extra warmth in the lower registers. The Stage mics add a sense of space and air while still being very present, and the Hall position feature the lush concert hall, further expanding a sense of space and depth.
The interface of Pearl is every bit as elegant and beautiful as the piano itself. On the main page (pictured below), each microphone can be effortlessly mixed, with per-channel EQ, stereo width, compression, and optional routing to different KONTAKT outputs. The settings page offers fine control over "under-the-hood" controls such as volume envelope, velocity response, tuning (and microtuning), and noise volume.
With an assortment of presets included, customizing Pearl for your DAW or MIDI controller couldn't be easier!
We've also included a powerful effects rack for further mixing and processing. In addition to analog-modeled tape saturation, compression, EQ, and transient design, the convolution reverb comes with 31 custom impulse responses. These range from natural spaces like concert and recital halls to studio rooms and shimmering digital bliss.
Even taking my high standards for realistic piano samples into account, I have to say that I’m thoroughly impressed by the Pearl Concert Grand... I think it is easily the next best thing to a studio recording. Given that setting up a studio recording of a grand piano is not always an option... I would highly recommend grabbing this software. Pick up a copy of Pearl Concert Grand and you’ll likely never need to buy another piano sample library.Michael Hoffmann, Original Sound Version
Pearl Concert Grand sounds lovely and plays well, holding its own against competing pianos costing considerably more. Well played, Impact Soundworks. (4.5 Stars)Computer Music
The main marketing phrase is “Pearl is true joy to play”, but it's not just marketing phrase, they are right! I was enjoying the simple act of playing it so much I almost forgot to test all of its features... My 88 key Yamaha keyboard with GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted action, together with Pearl, is the perfect combo for grand piano playing and recording. (4.5 Stars)Franto Kormanak, Film & Game Composers
Just very playable and instantly usable in many different contexts. (...) I very much like the overall sound of the Pearl and especially love how much room there is for tweaking the sound naturally just by adjusting the mic positions alone. (4.4 Stars)Jarkko Hietanen, The Audio Spotlight