Why a sampled C. Bechstein Piano?
The product design process started by questioning the concept of a sampled Grand Piano. Apart from the fact that to date a lot of sampled pianos are available to the modern musicians - but no real, authentic C. Bechstein yet - the concept behind the C. Bechstein Digital Grand represents a completely new and modern approach to the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) oriented digital grand piano. All existing solutions and concepts on the market have been completely put to the test and questioned before only the first note was recorded.
This resulted in a kind of reversed process, as between the DAW and the classical grand piano the developers did not start their product design with the actual instrument, they started with analyzing what the modern music producer and musician expects from a professional grand piano for his DAW based music productions.
The C. Bechstein Digital Grand user experience and its user interface now are optimized for both, the enthusiast musician and also the sound design expert. Providing easiest possible access to the C. Bechstein sound, its touch and access to the innovative instrument parameters.
Capturing that C. Bechstein Sound
“In mid-19th century young Carl Bechstein visited a Liszt Piano recital and witnessed the furor of the pianist breaking the grand piano gradually into pieces. From then on it was the young piano maker’s ultimate goal to create instruments that handle the full range of lyrical and dramatic melodies. It was the beginning of a fairytale like success story.” (Source: The Bechsteins- A family story)
The acoustic role model for the software incarnation of a C. Bechstein grand is a carefully selected C. Bechstein D 282 – a concert grand that is already setting standards in terms of dynamic development and powerful sound per se. With its ability to highlight and emphasize even the most subtle melody lines through its unparalleled richness of tone colors, the D 282 belongs to the best modern concert grand pianos in the world. To extract the tonal personality of this piano a completely new recording process and workflow was needed and created.