Pearl Concert Grand

Our flagship grand piano instrument 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.

$119

439 in stock

$119

Audio Demos

  1. Nocturne - Op. 27, No. 2 Frédéric Chopin 1:18
  2. Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# Minor - Op. 66 Frédéric Chopin 4:50
  3. Frost (Naked) Blake Ewing 0:58
  4. Leaving (Dressed) - Contemplative Cinematic Henning Nugel 3:42
  5. Strange Meadow Lark (perf. Doug McKenzie) - Jazz Solo Dave Brubeck 6:09
  6. Deep Down (Dressed) - Uplifting Cinematic Brad Jerkins 1:43
  7. Winding the Gears (Dressed) - Percussive Orchestral Kurt M. Landre 1:21
  8. Under a White Moon (Naked) - Minimalist Wilbert Roget, II 2:56
  9. 50 Shades of Pearl (Dressed) - Smooth Jazz Brad Jerkins 2:26
  10. Mother of Pearl (Naked) - Atmospheric Solo Simon Poole 1:41
  11. Your Eyes (Dressed) - Cinematic Warmth Phil Chapavich 0:56
  12. Suffocation (Naked) - Impressionist Nabeel Ansari 1:30
  13. Aquamarine (Naked) - Evocative Solo Jason Cullimore 1:59
  14. Mission to the Sky (Dressed) - Cinematic Tension Phil Chapavich 1:58
  15. The Swan (Dressed) - Ambient Atmospheric Rayshaun Thompson 2:30
  16. These Fears (Dressed) - Rising Cinematic Rock Nicolas Felix 2:14
  17. Mission to the Sky (Naked) Phil Chapavich 1:53
  18. Your Eyes (Naked) Phil Chapavich 0:56
  19. Leaving (Naked) Henning Nugel 3:43
  20. The Swan (Naked + Pad) Rayshaun Thompson 2:30
  21. Winding the Gears (Naked) Kurt M. Landre 1:17
  22. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - Romantic Classic Franz Liszt 9:36

Product Info

Content

Yamaha C7 recorded in a concert hall

The legendary 7’6″ grand piano, heard on countless stages and in theaters throughout the world, recorded in a pristine concert hall.

Exhaustively sampled

14,000+ samples provided in 16 and 24-bit fidelity.

Multiple mic positions

Recorded in four mic positions: close, pedal, stage, and hall.

Deep per-note sampling

8 dynamic (velocity) layers and 2 round robin variations per chromatically-sampled note.

Recorded with and without pedal

All samples recorded with pedal-on and pedal-off. Sostenuto and damper pedals included via scripting.

Realistic performance details

Chromatic key release and pedal noises with adjustable volume.

Features

Elegant and powerful UI

Quickly and easily customize your mix or make fine adjustments.

Individual mic editing

Customize the sound for each mic using per-mic FX, sample offset, and adjustable stereo width.

Customizable key response

Draw your own velocity, brightness, and volume curves.

Special editing for each individual key

Edit several parameters for every individual playable key, including ADSR, velocity sensitivity, brightness and microtuning.

Alternate tuning support

Edit custom microtuning or select from included Classical and modern presets.

Light patches

Optional “Light” patches save up to 85% RAM.

Requirements

12GB of disk space (16-bit samples)

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.

27GB of disk space (24-bit samples)

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.

4-8GB of RAM required

Higher amounts of memory let you load more instruments. 4GB is recommended for 1-2 positions, while 8GB is recommended for all mics.

Kontakt Player 5.7+

This library will run in the FREE Kontakt Player.

Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX

Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)

Kontakt Requirements - Windows

Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.

Videos

Details

New in Version 2.0

Based on years of customer feedback, we released version 2.0 of Pearl in September 2018. This version is a total rewrite of the playback and performance engine of Pearl without changing the lovely recordings. Users of v1 will find the interface mostly familiar, but editing capabilities, pedal realism, and noise have all been greatly improved.

We’ve also upgraded the library to Kontakt 5.5, allowing for full NKS (Maschine / Komplete Kontrol) compatibility, snapshots, and other handy features.

We recommend reading the updated manual even if you’re familiar with the original release!

Concept

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.

Interface

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.

Reviews

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Pearl Concert Grand – Computer Music

“Pearl Concert Grand sounds lovely and plays well, holding its own against competing pianos costing considerably more…There’s enough processing power to design any piano sound you’re likely to need.” (4.5/5)

CM Reviews (Computer Music)

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Pearl Concert Grand – Film and Game Composers

“I was enjoying the simple act of playing it so much I almost forgot to test all of its features. There are many ways to customize its sound on your own, but I like that Impact Soundworks have crafted many presets, touch responses, mic positions for me to use. 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.” (4.5/5)

Franto Kormanak (Film and Game Composers)

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Pearl Concert Grand – MusicTech Magazine

“The piano is really quite stunning to play […] Even if your ivory-tinkling abilities are more intermediate, the advantages of using a properly recorded grand should be fairly audible in your projects just the same. […] If you’re serious about using great-quality piano sounds in your music, be it scoring, pop, jazz or anything else, this is well worth a look. […] An excellent, crisp and playable virtual piano instrument capable of everything from subtle jazz to pounding rock.”

Hollin Jones (MusicTech Magazine)

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Pearl Concert Grand – Original Sound Version

“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. While I’ll always favor recording a real piano whenever possible, Pearl is a superb substitute that can deliver an equally dynamic and powerful performance. Considering how accurate and realistic [it] sounds, I think it is easily the next best thing to a studio recording… I would highly recommend grabbing this software. Pick up a copy and you’ll likely never need to buy another piano sample library.”

Michael Hoffmann (Original Sound Version)

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Pearl Concert Grand – Pro Tools Expert

“So, in summary, what do I think of the Pearl Concert Grand? Well, I very much like the variety of sounds that can be achieved from the one instrument – this being the C7 Yamaha Concert Grand. The GUI is very well laid out and the option to change the lighting by clicking on the logo is also quite nice.”

Dan Cooper (Pro Tools Expert)

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Pearl Concert Grand – Simeon Amburgey

“It’s really interesting how different libraries can fit into different roles, and I’m just loving the way that Pearl just really has such a presence, and it kind of cuts through…it can be really bright, and then it can just be really nice and big and intimate and full, which I really, really appreciate about this library.”

Simeon Amburgey (07/2020)

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Pearl Concert Grand – The Audio Spotlight

“There is a lot of that sound in Pearl that I have been looking for in a piano library. Mainly the fact that it doesn’t sound boomy and doesn’t have the same annoying frequencies constantly bugging me that have been annoying me with some other libraries. This is a very difficult thing to review though as it is a very subjective matter. For me this piano library is a very welcomed addition because it makes my job easier when I don’t have to fool around with the EQ constantly anymore.” (4.4/5)

Jarkko Hietanen (The Audio Spotlight)