SampleScience has released Room Piano v3, an updated version of its freeware acoustic piano virtual instrument for Windows.
Room Piano is a sample-based virtual piano in VST3 and AU plugin formats for 64-bit digital audio workstations on Windows. It is a lightweight virtual instrument that consumes next to zero RAM and CPU resources.See also: 99Sounds Releases FREE Upright Piano VST/AU Plugin
To quantify how lightweight the plugin is, let’s just point out the fact that Room Piano uses only 60 MB of sample content as the sound source. That’s nothing compared to multi-gigabyte piano instruments like Piano in 162.
With that in mind, it’s clear that SampleScience’s freeware plugin won’t work as a substitute for a detailed grand piano sound library. It only features two velocity layers, and the sampled notes are three semitones apart.
However, it is more than useful for sketching out musical ideas and compositions. Room Piano can even work as the main piano instrument in less demanding projects that don’t require the full scope and nuance of a real piano.
Much like the recently released Upright Piano by 99Sounds, it can become your piano plugin of choice for lofi hip-hop.
The latest version of Room Piano (v3) features an updated interface, based on the same GUI engine that SampleScience uses across its entire product range. The user can fine-tune the sampled piano with a multi-mode filter (high-pass and low-pass), a simple LFO modulator, an ADSR envelope, and a room reverb.
Here’s how SampleScience describes Room Piano v3:
Room Piano is a light piano plugin for musicians who want to add a lo-fi touch to their tracks. The living room piano has been sampled in 2 velocities every 3 semitones to keep it CPU friendly. The plugin is based on an upright acoustic piano 24-bit stereo recording.
Sometimes you just need a simple plug-and-play piano without any advanced features, and Room Piano v3 fits that description perfectly. Use it as a quick piano sketchpad and as a low-CPU piano plugin in a laptop-based studio.
Room Piano v3 is available for free download via SampleScience. Enter zero as the price to download the plugin for free, or enter any other amount to send a donation to SampleScience.
More info: Room Piano v3 (46.1 MB download size, ZIP archive, 64-bit VST3/AU plugin format for Windows)