Soniccouture has released Hammersmith Free, a freely downloadable 4.8 GB grand piano sound library for Kontakt Player.
Hammersmith Free is based on Soniccouture’s flagship Hammersmith Pro ($239 value, currently 50% OFF) grand piano library. Hammersmith Pro is widely regarded as one of the best grand piano libraries on the market. The free edition of Hammersmith comes with 4.8 GB of sample data and offers 21 velocity layers per sampled note (same as in the full version).See also: Free Piano VST Plugins
Unlike the Hammersmith Pro library, which features six deeply sampled microphone positions, Hammersmith Free sports a single stereo mic pair (MK 4 cardioid microphones by Schoeps Mikrofone). It also opts for the ‘traditionally programmed’ sustain pedal method instead of the True Sustain samples used in the Hammersmith Pro.
Differences with the “Pro” version aside, Hammersmith Free is a superb piano library for Kontakt Player. It is a high-quality virtual grand piano based on top-quality samples. The sounds were recorded in Mark Knopfler’s British Grove recording facility in Hammersmith, West London.
The library sports a custom user interface for Kontakt Player. The user can fine-tune the details that make the piano sound more realistic. Adjust the room noise volume, pedal noises, dampers, key-off sounds, and more. The velocity response is also subject to customization, with optional randomization for a more human feel.
Hammersmith Free is fully compatible with the freeware Kontakt Player plugin by Native Instruments. This means that you can use Hammersmith Free completely free of charge, without any limitations.
To download your copy of Hammersmith Free, visit the product page linked below and click the Download button. This will take you to the user area on Soniccouture’s website. You will need to sign up for a free Soniccouture user account (or log in to an existing one).
After logging in, visit the user area and click the Activate button next to Hammersmith Free. This will assign a free serial number to your Soniccouture user account. Launch the Native Access license manager from Native Instruments and insert the provided serial number to activate your copy of Hammersmith Free.
The library itself needs to be downloaded separately. Find the download link in your Soniccouture user account.
Keep in mind that Soniccouture will provide a limited number of serial keys. Act fast and claim your free copy of Hammersmith Free while it’s still available.
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More info: Hammersmith Free (4.5 GB download size, ZIP archive, a virtual grand piano sound library for Kontakt Player)