VENICE GRAND CB1898
This free wavetable expansion for the GSi Gemini features the sampling of an
ancient C.Bechstein grand piano from 1898, kindly offered for sampling by
music shop Bettin
located in Padova, Italy.
The sampling process took place during the month of September 2023 by GSi
using our custom piano sampling robot, built in collaboration with Crumar. The
whole sampling process is fully automated and runs completely unattended. It
took about 6 hours to capture over 4 GB worth of stereo high definition
samples. The end result is the selection of a total of 487 MB worth of sampled
material consisting in 214 stereo samples, with velocity layers ranging from 11
to 5 per key according to the keyboard zone.
Samples are not looped, so the natural decay of the instrument has been
preserved, and no EQ nor any other kind of post-processing has been applied.
The recording has been done using only 4 microphones, two large diaphragm
wide cardioid condenser mikes right above the dampers, and two large
diaphragm condenser mikes positioned at human ears height in front of the
open side of the lid.
Once loaded into the Gemini, the GSP-01 sample playback engine adds a layer of physically modeled resonances
that enrich the sound by adding the missing interactions between notes that naturally happen when playing a piano but can't
be reproduced just with samples.
Before attempting to install this wavetable expansion,
make sure you have the last firmware installed!