Cambridge, UK (October 28, 2015)—Realpiano, the brainchild of Jonathan Dodd, is using Prism Sound's Orpheus audio interface system to offer clients the unique sound of the very best quality grand piano—by email.
Dodd decided to create an alternative to the usual ways of accessing grand pianos: either travelling to them, or hiring them (either at considerable expense). Instead, Realpiano offers clients several options. Some visit the company's studio for a session, taking away audio and MIDI files of their work. Many, however, choose simply to send a MIDI file as an email attachment, having recorded it on their keyboard, anywhere in the world.
Dodd uses Yamaha's Mk4-Pro Disklavier system in a hand-crafted DS6 grand piano sourced by Charles Bozon, UK director for Yamaha. The MIDI file is loaded into the Disklavier and the performance recorded with Brauner mics, directly into the Prism Sound's Orpheus system. The client receives a clean, 24-bit recording of their own piece.
Realpiano's recording path runs directly into channels 1 and 2 of Orpheus, Dodd explains: "I use the built-in mic pre-amps included on the first four channels, which are simply brilliant. The Orpheus is a wonderful piece of kit, not only robust but easy to use, due to its proprietary app, which I have installed on my Mac. You can set input levels, phantom power, roll off, and there is a neat limiter facility on the four mic pre-inputs, called OverKiller.
“There’s also a built-in mixer and amongst other things, it can read any sample rate and play back different sample rates simultaneously. The Orpheus focus is on high-quality audio and digital conversion: it does that very well."
Dodd comments, “My recording path is very much kept to a minimum; clients get ultra-high quality DS6 grand piano in whatever sample rate 24-bit audio file they want, with a very pure result."