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Free Software Friday - Westwood Upright Felt Piano

Free Software Friday is our regular Friday feature here at the dBs Music blog. We dig the depths of the music production and media webosphere and discover what downloadable plugin freebies are worth double clicking each week.

In this week's free software pick we turn to Westwood's free Upright Felt Piano, which will have you channeling the subdued tones of Nils Frahm in no time. 

Now before we dive into the details, there's one big caveat to this release, namely that it requires the full version of Kontakt (5.6.6 and above) to play it. Normally, we'd avoid getting your hopes like this, but the Upright Felt Piano really is something quite special. 

Sampled in the crypt of a church, the signal was captured using a combination of Coles 4038's for the hammers, AKG 414's for the room sound, and a single SE-2 for the rear soundboard and then sent through Neve 1073 pre-amps and Burr Brown AD Converters.

The results are fantastic, capturing an impressive amount of detail that allows you to really get expressive with your playing. Additionally, the simple UI offers a nice level of control over the sound, allowing you to tweak the levels of the keys and pedals, mix between the different microphones used, as well as saturation, width, reverb and EQ controls. 

Westwood Upright Felt Piano UI

Upright Felt Piano is available to download for free using the link below, but requires a full version of Kontakt to play. Users with Kontakt Player can use it in demo mode for 15 minutes.

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Upright Felt Piano


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