Piano Sampling Tutorial | 3 Free Downloadable Instruments | Matt Donner

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Pyramind Chief Academic Officer Matt Donner walks you through our process of sampling a Baby Grand piano!

Learn the basics of sampling a complex acoustic instrument, as well as different sampling techniques can save you time on the project.

Neumann U87 Pair Recording a Baby Grand

Neumann U87 Pair Recording a Baby Grand

We sampled the piano using a pair of Neumann U87s, AKG 414s, Shure SM81s, and a Shure SM7B. Learn typical microphone placement techniques that we used and understand how you can experiment on your own. In the end of the video, Matt plays Armin van Buuren’s “This Is What It Feels Like” as the audio crossfades between a mix of all the mics as well as each mic pair, so you can compare them yourself!

Download the three different Kontakt instruments that our students created from these recordings using the form at the top of this page.