The Swiss Grand library features an unusual concert grand built in 1860 by Hüni & Hübert. When the Zürich-based company burnt down in 1883, they were the largest piano manufacturer in Switzerland. Listening to this piano, it’s easy to hear why: It offers full-bodied, warm yet transparent tone with a raunchy bass in a league of its own.
The instrument was collected by Andreas Beurmann and kept in very good condition, remaining fully playable. It is now available for the first time in sampled form, presented in its original tuning at 437 Hz (presets in 440 Hz are available as well).
We captured the sound with 32 velocity layers per note for an expressive dynamic range. Furthermore, we recorded 8 key release sounds per key. In addition to the samples, the Swiss Grand library contains an essay in German by Andreas Beurmann, explaining the background of the instrument.
The sample library contains over 3.400 single samples.
Presets are included for HAlion®, Kontakt® (full version required) and EXS24® software samplers.
For recording, we employed Wagner™ U47w® microphones with Crane Song™ Flamingo® preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® digital converters. The instrument was recorded at 192 kHz/24 bits, downsampled to 44,1 kHz/24-bit.