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Native Instruments Alicia's Keys Virtual Piano

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With ALICIA'S KEYS, Native Instruments has unlocked the door to the R&B chanteuse's studio. The rich piano samples included in this sound library were created from her own playing, recorded in her per... Click To Read More About This Product

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With ALICIA'S KEYS, Native Instruments has unlocked the door to the R&B chanteuse's studio. The rich piano samples included in this sound library were created from her own playing, recorded in her personal studio in collaboration with her trusted engineer, Ann Mincieli. Together with Mincieli, Danish sample specialist Thomas Skarbye (also known by his company name Scarbee) and impulse response expert Ernest Cholakis, Alicia Keys has created a virtual piano that embodies the soulful, passionate sound that's become her trademark. Add this virtual piano to your studio and Alicia's distinguished playing will grace your next composition.

ALICIA's KEYS' instrument samples come from the artist's very own Yamaha C3 Neo grand piano. This unique and hallowed instrument was built to celebrate Yamaha's 100th anniversary in 2002 and represents the very top of the Conservatory Collection line. The exquisite and unique sound of the C3 Neo were painstakingly captured by Thomas Skarbye, KONTAKT script wizard Nils Liberg, and Grammy-award winning engineer Ann Mincieli—making these exclusive Yamaha piano samples available to everyone. Using vintage microphones and preamps and through detailed analysis of Alicia's playing, the team succeeded in capturing the warm, soulful, and inspiring sound of the Yamaha C3 Neo piano all the way down to the finest nuances.

Great effort was put into making the ALICIA'S KEYS virtual piano as authentic as possible. Designed with incredible precision, and incorporating subtle details such as mechanical release noises, a specially developed sympathetic resonance and release system, and even the sound of fingers hitting keys (optional), this unique virtual instrument software delivers plenty of lively realism. So much in fact, that Alicia Keys herself used it exclusively on her latest album "The Element of Freedom."


  • The sound of Alicia Keys' personal Yamaha C3 Neo piano: Almost 3,000 individual samples on 12 discrete velocity layers with and without pedal— equivalent to 17GB of uncompressed WAV files
  • Sampled from Alicia Keys' playing, recorded in her studio with her own engineer
  • Developed with the artist and tailor-made for her recording and performance preferences
  • Meticulous sampling technique including the noise of the finger hitting the keys (optional)
  • Sampled sustain and release phases with authentic implementation of the sustain pedal
  • All-new sympathetic resonance system for harmonics in undampened strings
  • Exceptionally clean quality, yet featuring adjustable microphone noise for old-school sound
  • Natural mechanical release noises for each of the 88 keys and pedal noises
  • Integrated convolution reverb for tweaking the sound directly in the instrument
  • Easy user interface providing integrated documentation of all settings
System Requirements
    • Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM
    • Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM
    • Note: The free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER is included on one of the installation DVDs and must be installed first in order to play this instrument
    • Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher), ASIO, CoreAudio, WASAPI
    • 7GB free disk space is required for complete installation.
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    (11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


    Wonderful except for latency

    By Laurence

    from Clermont, Florida

    This piano has the best sound of any virtual one I've heard. The only problem is (and I'm sure it's fixable) is that it has an extra 20 ms or so latency (beyond what your ASIO interface gives you). I understand that this is because the initial very quiet sound of the finger hitting the keyboard was sampled as well. There is a latency adjustment but it doesn't seem to go far enough. Fix the latency issue and this will be a five star product. With the latency as it is though, you pretty much have to sequence with a different piano and only use this one for playback.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    And The Dominance Continues

    By William Mcknight

    from Nashville, TN

    Native Instruments just keeps dominating in the world of sample based instruments. This plugin can go from one of the cleanest sounding pianos to one of the most dreamy sounding instruments you have ever heard. Now with all of the free and cheaper VST's out there I hardly spend money on a plugin that is just one instrument but this was worth the money by far. It immediately made its way to the top of my most used VST's. Be for warned I have a custom made PC(I built myself) dedicated to running nothing but Virtual Instruments, If you plan on using this at the lowest possible latency you better have a big boy computer and a good sound card (I recommend any of the Focusrite Saffire Line) because its a HOG!

    (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)



    By J. Baires

    from Minneapolis, MN

    WOW this is a phenomenal. short of having an 1000lb piano with you always, this thing sound like the real thing. it can be intimate or rocking, whatever. man its just great. and at this price. you would be silly not to get it.

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