What if you tuned every note on a piano to “E”, and played them all at once? Wonder no more: the unbelievably huge sound of The 88E is now playable at any pitch with this free virtual instrument loaded with sound design options, and created in partnership with YouTuber and mad scientist engineer Mattias Krantz.
- EnginEEring Andrew Aversa 1:00
- Carpentered (Naked) Henning Nugel 1:21
- Lives at Stake (Dressed) Michael Lee 2:44
- In the Eyes of the Necromancer (Dressed) Andreas Wimmer 1:45
- In the Eyes of the Necromancer (Naked) Andreas Wimmer 1:45
- Lives at Stake (Naked) Michael Lee 2:44
Truly unique upright piano
Every single note has been tuned to E in their appropriate octave, making the single biggest E possible.
All notes sampled at once
Rather than sampling each key separately, every key was played simultaneously to create the ultimate E sound.
30 dynamic layers
Further customize the instrument with adjustable dynamic response and filtering.
2 distinct stereo mic positions
Exquisite detail for the full sonic range of this majestic instrument.
29 sound design snapshots
Textures, soundscapes, mega-hits and more… all “E” themed, of course!
Streamlined, modern UI
Spacious yet elegant style works great on 4K and Retina displays.
Super stacking options
Don’t stop at 88 notes! Voices can be stacked up to 3x with detuning and spread for more wideness.
Tone shaping controls
Adjust sample offset, tone, volume envelope, and velocity curve to completely transform the instrument.
Select from over a dozen preset tunings and temperaments, or create your own microtuned scale.
Console FX Rack and Mixer
Dozens of modules from analog-style EQs and compressors to convolution reverb, distortion and more.
4GB disk space
7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.
Higher amounts of memory let you load more instruments.
Apple M1, Intel I5, or equivalent CPU
A faster CPU with more cores will allow you to play more simultaneous voices
Kontakt 6.6 Player
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)
Windows System 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.
Mattias Krantz has done it again: another truly unique piano modification experiment (with over 3 million views on YouTube and counting) where every key on the piano has been tuned to E. And what better way to play such a piano than to play every note at once?!
Welcome to The 88E, a free — yet surprisingly inspiring — virtual piano. Mattias has sampled this majestic instrument with 30 dynamic layers, providing a wide spectrum of tonal fullness. Naturally, the samples are also re-pitched in our Kontakt UI, allowing you to play whatever pitch you’d like.
To inspire your epic, cinematic, and soundtrack work, we’ve created several dozen snapshots that morph the core sound into everything from drippy plucks and resonances to dramatic, cosmic-level soundscapes. Besides these snapshots, you can adjust the instrument’s touch & feel to your personal preference with easy controls for tone, velocity response, filtering, and more.
What is the Engineer Series?
Mattias Krantz is a guitarist and YouTuber known for his wild, imaginative experiments with pianos and guitars. We are collaborating with him to bring his unique instruments to composers and musicians around the world. The series also includes Hammer Klavier, with more to come!
Console: Modular FX Rack and Mixer
Console is a fully-featured mixer, modular effects rack, and pedal board, designed to give you full control over your mix. Effects include multiple EQs (digital and analog-style), compressors, spatial FX, modulation FX, amps, distortion pedals, reverbs, and more.
Each mic channel can be loaded with up to 8 FX in any order, plus another 8 slots on the master channel, with support for send routing as well. The new “Galois Reverb” added in Kontakt 6 Player sounds fantastic as an alternative to our included custom IRs.
Download the Console manual here to learn more!
The 88E – DixonBeats
“…the 88E piano is so dark-sounding – very haunting sounding…although you can use this in, like, dark melody production, I can hear this predominantly being in movie scores, and things like that.”
The 88E – Simeon Amburgey
“This is a one-of-a-kind piano; nothing else on the planet like that…just huge…it’s got just such an unusual punch to it; it’s crazy…it’s just incredibly unique…and the effects just really take it to another level…thanks to Impact Soundworks and Mattias (Krantz) for coming together again to give us just another one-of-a-kind, fabulous experience.”
Simeon Amburgey (03/22)