Stockholm, Sweden/London (June 7, 2007)–Abbey Road Studios and Propellerhead Software have partnered to produce the Abbey Road Keyboards ReFill for Propellerhead Software’s Reason. Abbey Road Keyboards delivers a hypersampled collection of seven instruments recorded using the original equipment at Abbey Road Studios.
The Abbey Road Keyboards ReFill consists of Reason 3.0 patches with samples of Steinway “Mrs. Mills” piano, Challen studio piano, Hammond RT-3 & Leslie Model 122, Mannborg Harmonium, Mellotron Model 400, Schiedmayer Celeste and Premier Tubular Bells. These time-tested keyboards have been at the studios since the early 60’s and were used on some of the most popular tracks of all time–from “A Hard Day’s Night” to “Dark Side Of The Moon” as well as numerous film scores such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Aliens, all three Lord of the Rings movies and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, to name but a few.
Abbey Road Keyboards was recorded in Studio Two, where The Beatles recorded almost all of their songs. It is a spacious recording room, with a 28′ high ceiling and over 2,280 square feet of space. Its acoustics are tuned with suspended bass traps, hanging quilted curtains and four 10′ by 20′ acoustically-treated panels that swing out from the walls to temporarily reduce the total room size. Not only was Abbey Road Keyboards sampled using equipment and techniques from this studio, Propellerhead Software consulted with senior Abbey Road engineers to also capture these instruments as they were back in the day, incorporating some of the same vintage microphones, preamps, outboard processors and mixing consoles.
All instruments were captured using Propellerhead Software’s Hypersampling method. To capture every aspect of the instruments–from the way they resound in the Studio Two to their unique timbres and characteristics–they were all recorded at multiple velocity levels, from multiple angles, using multiple sets of microphones through the original mics, preamps, consoles and outboard gear at Abbey Road. With all the mic signals available separately in Reason, the Abbey Road Keyboards user can select between vintage sounding combinations of mics and pre-amps or state-of the art clean recordings, ready for the user’s own preferred processing.
“Propellerhead Software is honored that Abbey Road has selected us as a partner for this project,” said Ernst Nathorst-Böös, CEO of Propellerhead Software. “Hearing the sound of these vintage instruments coming out of Reason is just fantastic. It sends chills up your spine.”
“As the market leader in the music software market, Propellerhead Software was the natural choice when it came to finding a partner for this project,” said David Holley, managing director, EMI Studios Group. “An outstanding achievement. An inspiring collection of sounds and it really does feel like you’re in Studio 2 with the real instruments.”
Abbey Road Keyboards is a two-DVD set containing both 16-bit and 24 bit versions of the sound library. The 16-bit version is lighter on the CPU and is suitable for composing and production work, while the 24-bit version is good to use at final mixing. The two are easily interchanged. The ReFill also includes Guide To Abbey Road Keyboards, a 40-page full color booklet by Mark Vail (the author of Vintage Synthesizers and The Hammond Organ). The booklet provides a behind-the-scenes look at the ReFill recording sessions, the mics and outboard gear used and the instruments themselves.
The Abbey Road Keyboards ReFill will be available from Propellerhead dealers worldwide on June 13 2007 at an MSRP of $229.
Check out the Abbey Road keyboard video at: www.propellerheads.se/products/refills/ark/files/Abbeyroad_mov.zip
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