Ivy Audio has informed me that their fantastic Piano in 162 free sample library is now also available in SFZ format, in addition to the previously released NI Kontakt version of the instrument.
Piano in 162 contains over 5 GB of audio samples featuring the sounds of a Steinway Model B grand piano. It’s one of the best sounding free piano sample collections around and it’s great to see that it now also works in freeware instruments such as sforzando (included in our list of the best free plugins from 2013) and Zampler. The library was previously available for use in Kontakt 5 only and the freeware Kontakt Player was not supported.
See also: Free Piano Sample Libraries!
The SFZ version of the library is virtually identical to the previous release, except for the fact that it contains SFZ patches. Keep in mind that opening such a huge instrument patch (over 5 GB in size) can cause memory issues on certain machines. Make sure that you test it first before loading the library in an important project that you’re working on.
All the keys have been sampled with two microphone positions, two round robin variations and five velocity layers per note. The result is an impressive and natural sounding sample library which sounds absolutely great when played solo, as well as in the background of an arrangement. The library is completely free to download and use, however you can support Ivy Audio by making a donation helping their future efforts (more info on the product page linked below).
Is Piano in 162 your favorite free piano sample collection? Are there any other free piano instruments which you use regularly? Let me know in the comments section below!
Check out the Piano in 162 audio demo:
Piano in 162 is available for free download via Ivy Audio (4.6 GB download size, ZIP archive, 24-bit WAV format).