Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand

Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano Virtual Instrument Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with 3 Microphone Perspectives - Mac/PC AAX, VST, AU, RTAS
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Awesome Piano, Jaw-dropping Sound

At Sweetwater, you'll find an extensive selection of acoustic grand piano virtual instruments, but even among these, the Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand stands out. That's because this instrument combines three extremely cool elements in a way that offers authenticity, sonic clarity, and and flexibility. First off, Garritan chose a premium Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano, which is one of the most astounding instrument of its type ever produced. Next, they recorded it extensively in Abbey Road Studios' Studio One, one of the best-sounding recording rooms on the planet. Finally, they put it all together in their ARIA Player, offering you a ton of playing expression for live performance and musical composition.

Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand Virtual Instrument Piano at a Glance:
  • The amazing sound of Yamaha's CFX Concert Grand piano
  • Painstakingly recorded in Abbey Road Studios Studio One
  • Multiple Microphone Perspectives provide dimensional sound
The amazing sound of Yamaha's CFX Concert Grand piano

In a world full of amazing pianos, why did Garritan sample the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand? Because the CFX Concert Grand is easily one of the most popular and best-loved full-sized grand pianos ever made. If you've listened to any music featuring piano recorded after 1991, then chances are, you've heard this instrument more often than you could ever realize. None the less, for as popular as it is, each CFX is hand built by some of the most experienced piano builders in the world. The result is a grand piano capable of expressing the lightest pianissimo touch, yet powerful enough to thunder out over full symphony orchestras. If you're creating music in the box, then this is the piano sound you want.

Painstakingly recorded in Abbey Road Studios Studio One

Few rooms in the world compare to Studio One at Abbey Road Studios, which is why Garritan chose it as the recording space for their CFX Concert Grand virtual instrument's samples. Over its 80+ years of service, Abbey Road Studios have played host such artists as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elton John, and a great many others. Studio One is particularly loved for its warmth and natural ambience, offering a clear reverb time of 2.3 seconds. If you're a composer, then you'll really appreciate Studio One. John Williams used this same room to record the music for Star Wars, and Howard Shore chose it when recording the score to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. When you hear the Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand bloom to life the first time you lay into a chord, you'll know how remarkable this intensely musical atmosphere is.

Multiple Microphone Perspectives provide dimensional sound

One of the things songwriters here at Sweetwater really love about Garritan virtual instrument is the sheer flexibility of their ARIA Player sample engine. This engine allows for creative options such as the Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand's Microphone Perspectives, which allow you to situate the listener in different positions relative to the piano. There are three perspectives to choose from. The Classic option is a traditional multi-microphone setup that blends room ambience with close miking across the soundboard and into the body of the piano. The Contemporary perspective shifts the emphasis to the hammers, adding percussive attack and brightness to the overall warmth of the sound. Finally, there's the Player setting, which puts your audience on the piano bench, providing them with a truly intimate listening experience.

Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand Virtual Instrument Piano Features:
  • The realistic sound of a Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano recorded in one of the best sounding rooms on Earth
  • Hand-built Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano is one of the finest pianos money can buy
  • All samples recorded using top-of-the-line equipment by the expert staff at Abbey Road Studios
  • Recordings capture the warmth and natural reverb of Abbey Road Studios' Studio One
  • Three different Microphone Perspectives (Classic, Contemporary, and Player) let you place the listener in the room
  • Aria Player supports AAX, VST, AU, and RTAS plug-in hosts on Mac and Windows PCs
Get the popular piano sound your music demands with Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Piano
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
Hardware Requirements - Mac Multi-core Processor, 4GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Multi-core Processor, 4GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7
Manufacturer Part Number 13-GCFX

Customer Reviews

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Very Close

I own a beautiful Yamaha C7, and there is still nothing that beats a real piano, but this is as close as I've heard. Really natural sounding samples, and an extremely flexible and musical engine (with great EQ, room options, reverb etc.) Also has faster loading smaller sample sets that still sound amazing. I usually use them to get the rough idea, or to track with, and then replace them with the bigger sound set to record to disk. The best sounding and an amazing value in my opinion.
Music background: Pro musician, engineer, producer, arranger.

Better then Ivory!

I love the piano! The quality is excellent! One of the best virtual pianos I've had the pleasure of playing. Much better then the other virtual pianos I've used in the past. You can play it for hours and it doesn't get old or tired on your ears. Favorite perspective is the Player microphone perspective with the room Mics turned all the way up. Close mics down. Closest thing to sitting in front of the piano and playing!
Music background: Pianist

Not bad, but not geared towards pop/rock

This piano is a good one to have in the arsenal. But for the genre's I mostly produce (pop, rock, country, indie) its not the best option. This has a very classical, jazz, soloist feel to it. It won't cut through the mix well, and it really doesn't have that in your face deepness yamaha's are well known for. The close mic positions have nearly no low end, they tailored this so the low end is all in the room mics. Again, great for classical or jazz when you need the ambience to be the center of attention. but opposite of modern productions. I was really kind of hoping that with 122gigs of sampling they would've made a little more effort for the modern styles. In contrast, I've had much better luck with AcousticSamples' C7, at weighs in at a tiny 4gigs (thanks to lossless compression). I feel like this would be really well suited to cinematic duties due to its excellent ambient quality, would be good for when you need a piano to be present but not distracting. So if that's your gig I think you'll like this. And if you're into jazz but are totally sick of all the Steinway American D libraries out there, and want something a little brighter in tone, I think this is the library for you. But for everything else I think you'd be wise to skip this one unfortunately. You wont get a ton of use out of it, its sort of the opposite of "intimate". I think they went overboard with the fact that this was done in Abbey Road. Being its biggest selling point, its also its biggest weakness. I won't really dive into playability because the library is nearly too large to consider for live tracking, certainly when uncompressed. But its fairly easy to dial in your ideal velocity, so its not a big deal to match the dynamics of a different VI.
Music background: Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Engineer
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